Study Claims iPhone Users Consume Five Times More Bandwidth Than Blackberry Users

iPhone users consume five times bandwidth of blackberry users

Reports on data congestion over the AT&T network and the role of iPhone users in this issue are nothing new.

However, a recent study published on Consumer Reports highlights the severity of the case. 

According to the study conducted by wireless bill analysis company Validas, the average iPhone user consumes 273MB of data per month, which is nearly five times the data consumed by the average Blackberry user. This is also close to 80% above the average data consumed by other smartphone users. 

As expected, the data consumption among iPhone users is not uniformly distributed. Nearly 12% of iPhone users are heavy consumers averaging over 500MB of data per month. One third of this population consume more than 1GB of monthly data.

iPhone users consume five times bandwidth of blackberry users

While these revelations are quite staggering, Consumer Reports points out that the study excluded users who opted for tethering services to access internet via PC. This means that the actual data usage among other smartphone users could be higher than what is stated. Despite this, the results are still significant considering that iPhone users are seen to consume much higher levels of data despite the lack of tethering. 

Validas' study offers some interesting pointers on the disparity of data usage among the various smartphone users. We would like to hear your views on this. What do you think is the reason behind iPhone users' disproportionately high data usage? Let us know what you think in the comments.

[via Consumer Reports]

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  • Tick

    One question. WHO CARES?!?!?

  • Z

    One answer… EVERYONE ON AT&T!

    I use upwards of 3GB, and on two occasions I used over 16GB in those months.

  • Yup

    True here. I use at least 4gb a month. Internet on the couch is really nice.

  • Tick

    That's my point exactly. iPhone users use more data by default simply by opening almost any app on their phone. While apps on most other phones don't access any kind of data unless the user specifically accesses some kind of outside data. Whether it's an ad inside an app or location data for maps, we're always accessing data services even when we don't realize it. Also, the iPhone is much more than "just a smart phone" it's basically a small hand held computer more a kin to some kind of tricorder than anyki d of phone I've ever seen. So of course it's going to see more use. Why wait to get to a terminal to check your balance, pay your bills, or buy movie tickets when you can do it on the go via your iPhone. Why wait to look up notations and quotes for the research paper when you can do it with your phone. All I'm saying is the iPhone is in a class by its self. And should not be judged against other "smart phones".

  • Yup

    Tricorder! Yeah go Star Trek! :-D.

  • John

    Get a life…PLEASE