Accessing the internet with their mobile phone in the

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accessing the Internet with their mobile phone in the past year as falling costs, increased bandwidths and improvements in browser technology have made it quicker to surf from a cellphone. For many, browsing on a handheld device is a cheaper alternative to buying a PC or paying for home Internet service. Anita Rachman, a 23-year-old secretary in Jakarta last year began surfing social-networking sites like Friendster and checking Internet-based email on her midrange Sony-Ericsson phone. Her bill: $25 a month, about the same as a home Internet connection. "And I'm literally online 24/7," Ms. Rachman said. Djohansyah Saleh, a public-relations executive at a Jakarta-based company, says wireless connection speeds have improved markedly in the past year, making mobile Internet faster than many land-line connections. "The mobile Internet service is better now," he says. Wireless-network operators and handset manufacturers like Nokia Corp., the world's largest by sales, have long viewed emerging nations as crucial for growth. Now, the evolving use of phones for data transfer -- not just calls -- means mobile-technology firms can increase revenues per subscriber, which are much lower than in the developed world, analysts say. Already, Asia is leading the way in mobile data, analysts say. China Mobile Ltd., Asia's leading wireless carrier by subscribers, made 25% of total revenues from mobile data in 2007, according to a Morgan Stanley report earlier this year. In comparison, for AT&T Corp., the U.S.'s largest operator, the share was 18%.
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