How Yahoo Mobile Internet Works

Yahoo Go's easy-to-use screen allows users to see e-mail messages and local weather.
Yahoo Go's easy-to-use screen allows users to see e-mail messages and local weather.
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Looking up a business contacts' information, finding driving directions and confirming flight times and reservations are easy when you're sitting at your computer.

These Internet-based tasks can be much more difficult when you're on the go. That's why an increasing number of Americans are using Yahoo Mobile Internet and other application suites with mobile broadband to access the Web from wherever they are.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, more than 2.1 million Americans used mobile broadband to access the Internet, reports a comScore study. That represents an increase of 154 percent from a year earlier. But that number, representing just 1 percent of U.S. Internet usage, is still far below mobile Internet use in other countries.

In India in 2007, for example, 31 million people used mobile Internet via phone handsets to read and reply to e-mail, download contact information and complete online transactions. That was three times as many people as accessed the Web from traditional computers. And in Japan, the number of Internet users accessing the Internet from cell phones (more than 70 million) has exceeded those reaching it from PCs since 2005.

Mobile broadband works through cellular telephone networks. Its users subscribe for access to connections made wirelessly through smartphones or laptop computers. Yahoo offers Yahoo Go as part of its Yahoo Mobile services to let smartphone users take Internet content and services along wherever they go.

Launched in 2006, the Yahoo Go application suite has gone through two major enhancements, released as Yahoo Go 2.0 in 2007 and Yahoo Go 3.0 in early 2008. Both connect to Yahoo e-mail, messaging, search and address book, as well as to news, sports scores, stock tickers and more through a direct connection to Yahoo's mobile portal. But Yahoo Go 3.0 adds an upgraded user interface, personalized home page and access to other companies' information and services through third-party widgets [source: Yahoo Mobile].

How does Yahoo Go work? What cell-phone models can you use Yahoo Go? What are some of the features of Yahoo Go? Let's start with how to get connected.