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The number of US households accessing the Internet from non-PC devices grew 12 per cent in the second quarter of the year.

In July, 7.4 million US households owned at least one of these products with Web access- including wireless phones and PDAs such as Palm Pilots - up from 6.6 million households in April.

This is according to research by Media Metrix, which reckons this represents 48 per cent annualised growth.

And around 20 per cent of the households that own these devices do not own a PC, Reuters reported.

"Moreover, between April and June 2000, ownership of these non-PC devices grew twice as fast among households without PCs than households with PCs," said Media Metrix analyst Bruce Ryon.

According to the research, the biggest growth in the sector is in mobile phones. ®

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