Perhaps it’s our mobile phones and providers. Except for a few exceptions, most carriers seem to discourage Internet use by offering phones with very clunky web interfaces, by charging high rates for relatively slow Internet access, and by not educating their users about the potential of mobile Internet use. Even Apple’s highly vaunted iPhone wins only on most of those points, a slow network connection being its Achilles’ heel.
Take a look at mobile phone advertising in the US. It focuses more on the stability and reliability of networks, than anything else.
It’s time for US carriers to get off that tired point and to start emphasizing upgrades to faster data networks and telling us what we can do with our wonderfully endowed phones in addition to calling others.