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Researchers say Hungary has 3.3 mln smartphone users

Analysis

Roughly 3.3 million people in Hungary, or two-thirds of the country’s internet users, have smartphones, and 2 mln of them use mobile internet access, according to a December 28 report by Budapest-based eNET Internet Research and Consulting.

A smartphone user in Budapest. (Photo: Jessica Fejos)

The research, conducted in October, found that the ratio of smartphone users among all internet users in Hungary has grown by 20% in two years’ time.

“Demand for mobile Internet – and fast 4G connections within that – is rocketing,” eNET said. As a result, these users “are accessible online any time, wherever they are; also, they have constant access to the world-wide web.”

The research indicated that smartphones are not merely an alternative to computers when it comes to accessing the internet, they are also more present in people’s lives than computers usually are.

“Smartphones have become integral in the lives of those who use such devices,” eNET said. “Two thirds never turn off these gadgets, and the majority (58%) keep their phones with them all night. In fact, some go even farther: 28% keep the distance to their smartphones at one meter or less all day, and almost one quarter of the respondents even take them to the toilet.”

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