What's your preferred method of surfing the Web on your iPhone?
According to mobile advertising company Admob, this past November, a whopping 42 percent of
iPhone Internet requests came from Wi-Fi hot spots rather than
AT&T's 3G wireless network. By comparison, most Wi-Fi capable phones average about 10 to 20
Now, despite what you might suspect, the issue is not necessarily problems accessing the 3G network — but rather, the ease with which iPhones can find and access Wi-Fi. Users at home, or at a hot spot they've used in the past, often find their handsets connecting to the hot spot automatically. On top of this, many users report faster downloads through Wi-Fi versus 3G. And speed is unquestionably the name of the game here.
And here's something you might not know: Verizon's "iPhone Killer," the touch-screen Blackberry Storm, doesn't support Wi-Fi. Big V claims it was left out because it would add bulk and reduce battery time. But that misfeature along might drive prospective Storm customers to the iPhone. Remember: with both phones, you're paying for data access, not HOW you access that data, and currently Verizon is blocking users from more — and possibly faster — data network access.