So it’s no surprise that the mobile Internet is continuing to carry all before it: a total of nearly one mobile network user in four (23%) already uses the mobile Internet. The largest number of mobile surfers live in North Rhine-Westphalia, which also has the largest population. When the population figures of the individual regions are taken into consideration, the percentage of mobile surfers in the east, 28 per cent, is particularly high. But how do the Germans make use of the freedom and flexibility which mobile Internet access offers them? The absolute star in the mobile Internet is the e-mail – in Germany as a whole, 79 per cent say that they use this function via the mobile Internet. Surfing the web while on the move takes second place with 75 per cent. Maintaining contacts in social networks follows at some distance in third place, though as many as one user in three is happy to do this in the mobile Internet. At 21%, mobile music and video downloads are in a strong fourth place in popularity with users. A regional comparison reveals that north Germans, contrary to their reputation as strong, silent types, are particularly communicative. 84 per cent send mobile e-mails, and when it comes to using social networks on the move, the north Germans again are in the lead in comparison to other parts of Germany. In the west of Germany, on the other hand, surfing plays a favorite role.