iPhone Users Are By Far The Biggest Data Hogs: Report

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Looks like iPhone users have been getting greedy.

According to a new report released on May 30 by tech research and consulting firm Analysys Mason, iPhone users make up a whopping 80 percent of the top 10 percent of heaviest data users.

The report also revealed that in the group of smartphone users who fall in the 70th percentile or above in terms of data usage, iPhone users pop up three times as frequently as HTC device users, the next biggest data consumers.

For two months, Analysys Mason tracked the smartphone usage of more than 1,000 people in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Spain using an on-device monitoring app offered by mobile research company Arbitron Mobile.

Why do iPhone users appear to be so much hungrier for data than other smartphone users? The Next Web suggests that we ask Siri.

Just a few months after the release of Siri with the iPhone 4S last October, a January report by telecom network tech firm Arieso found that the virtual personal assistant is likely the reason why, on average, the iPhone 4S consumes twice as much data as the iPhone 4.

After all, while only a third of iPhone 4S users use Siri daily or almost daily, 87 percent of them use at least one of the assistant’s features every month. Combine that with app downloads, app usage, mobile web browsing and more, and it’s easier to see how iPhone users could consume so much data.

With all this in mind, it’s no wonder AT&T chief executive Randall Stephen recently admitted that he regrets ever offering unlimited data plans for the iPhone; the company finally began capping monthly data usage in March. Verizon Wireless recently announced that it will cut its $30-per-month unlimited data plans for those customers who upgrade their phones at a discounted rate. Even prepaid cell phone service provider Cricket, which will begin offering the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on June 22, is capping the data of its $55 monthly plan at 2.3GB.

Are you surprised by Analysys Mason findings? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

 



 

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