People trading in mobiles and upgrading to newer models with internet connectivity might be responsible for part of the surge in the technology.
According to Infonetics Research, the number of individuals with mobile broadband finally passed those with access to the web from a home-based portal in 2010.
Some 558 million people are now said to enjoy the benefits of being able to view their favourite websites via a handset.
Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure at the research firm, said this was entirely expected.
Almost half of mobile broadband customers are to be found in the Asia Pacific region, with the total number of subscribers due to rise to two billion by 2015.
With such an increase predicted over the next four years, many may fund their move to the technology by trading in existing mobiles.
Ofcom recently found that 17 per cent of British households now have access to mobile broadband services.
Posted by Samantha Green