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  • Average iPhone User Consumes 273MB of Data Monthly


    Consumer Reports published an analysis of the wireless bills of 100,000 customers and found that that the average iPhone owner uses almost twice as much data as users of most other smartphones, and five times the average amount used by Blackberry owners. And a small proportion of iPhone users upload and download three or more times what the average iPhone owner uses, with one in twenty-five using upwards of a gigabyte per month.

    Validas is a research firm that analyzes the bills of wireless users for errors, helps resolve disputes, and saves money for consumers and businesses. According to the data Validas provided to Consumer Reports, the average iPhone user consumes 273MB of data per month. In comparison, Blackberry uses consume an average of 54MB of data each month. Users of other (non-Blackberry, non-iPhone) smartphones consume an average of 150MB per month. The data also revealed that 12% of iPhone users upload and download 500MB per month, with a third of those - or four percent - using over 1GB of data per month.

    Interestingly enough, this result tracks pretty well with a comment by AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega in December. Speaking to investors at a UBS conference in New York, de la Vega said that 3% of its smartphone customers were consuming 40 percent of their network capacity. He added that AT&T would give its customers incentives to "reduce or modify their usage," which many interpreted as an indication that the company would impose a tiered pricing plan. De la Vega indicated that the first step would be to make it easier for customers to monitor their data usage so that they could "understand what represents a megabyte of data."

    Consumer Reports had approached AT&T for information on iPhone data use but was turned down, with a company spokesman saying that “for competitive reasons, we do not disclose the usage of our iPhone customers." So the magazine went to Validas, which has access to 100,000 wireless bills from individual customers and businesses who voluntarily upload their electronic bills forcost-cutting recommendations. For this study, Validas analyzed data usage on nearly 14,000 individual consumer wireless accounts, including 757 iPhone and 783 Blackberry customers.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Average iPhone User Consumes 273MB of Data Monthly started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by bbillh77 View Post
      I pay for unlimited I use unlimited
      You pay for unlimited data usage on the phone - tethering is specifically prohibited by your contract.

      It is hardly surprising people complain about AT&T's network when they have a few people abusing the network like this.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      that is clear abuse and the reason at&t probably hasn't added tethering. Now that AT&T's 3G is kinda slow, I try to use wi-fi when I can because of the faster surfing.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      It is hardly surprising people complain about AT&T's network when they have a few people abusing the network like this.
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      that is clear abuse and the reason at&t probably hasn't added tethering. Now that AT&T's 3G is kinda slow, I try to use wi-fi when I can because of the faster surfing.
      never have had any issues with service since i switched to At&t from Verizon. in fact i get 3G in 80-90% of anywhere i travel. no issues here. it handles all my.....what do you call it? "abuse" perfectly fine. maybe you should all try it sometime. [Confucious, your UK so nevermind] oh and LSZ33, well it looks like your either from South Korea or [TEXAS?] so yeah...no clue.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It is not you that will be suffering - just others trying to use the network while you are abusing it.

      But so long as you are OK that's all that matters...
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      It is not you that will be suffering - just others trying to use the network while you are abusing it.

      But so long as you are OK that's all that matters...
      Is that even possible? For an individual to have perfect/great service while everyone else suffers? There are plenty of other iPhone/AT&T users in my barracks, yet no one was complaining about their service while I am tethered and downloading.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If you have plenty of bandwidth and not many users you might be OK, but normally? Yes.