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MN smart phone users on the rise


LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- If it wasn't enough to just have a cell phone, now more and more adults in Minnesota are carrying a smart phone.  One in every two to be exact.

A new survey by Connect Minnesota shows a 12-percent increase for smartphone users in the last year.

Luxury or necessity?

KTTC traveled to the town where many others will be this Spring and Summer... Lanesboro.
Being located down in the valley, not all smartphone capabilities are an option.

A lot of people use the term, "nestled" when mentioning Lanesboro, which is great when you're looking to get away, but a little more difficult for cell phone use... which might not be a bad thing either.

Between the citizens and summer tourists, more and more people are getting smartphones.
"I use it for the Internet access I guess," explained resident Lexi Hall.

She uses Verizon, and the coverage in the area is typically good.  Which poses some problems for those summer-AT&T tourists.  "I worked at the restaurant and we have people come in and ask to use the land line because they don't know how to get back to where they are because their cell phones don't work here," said Hall.

At the local pub, Liz Bucheit explained her smartphone serves a big purpose.

"I consider it a tool.  Because I travel a lot.  So it's good for me to stay in touch with my business here," she said.

Jenny McGrath refuses to upgrade her cell phone to a smartphone.
"I love what they do," she admitted.  "And I love the convenience.  But when I'm at home I can't leave the house with out it.  So the last think I want to do is start Face book-ing and Internet-ing on it."

For much of the town, telephone land lines are still the most reliable.
According the Minnesota Connect survey, 1.6 million have Internet on their phones leaving 1.4 million without.  The number one answer when ask why not?  I just don't need it.

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