Study: iPhone 4S Doubles Data Consumption Due to Siri

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Network firm Arieso reports that Siri – the revolutionary assistant feature is resulting in iPhone 4S users using more than twice as much data compared to iPhone 4 and apparently putting greater pressure on carriers.

Arieso Chief Technology Officer Michael Flanagan had this to say in an interview with Bloomberg:

Voice is the ultimate human interface. As you lower the barriers,” consumers will use their smartphones’ functions even more often.

If you have bought Apple’s new iPhone 4S then you probably know by now that Siri – iPhone 4S’ intelligent personal assistant needs an active internet connection for it to work. That’s because when you ask Siri to do something, the voice data is sent to Apple’s data centers where your request is processed and the results are sent back to your iPhone 4S.

Initial study had revealed that Siri doesn’t use too much data, but it looks like the data usage has doubled as iPhone 4S users are using the feature quite a bit.

Bloomberg reports:

Arieso’s research showed that a minority of users account for half of downloaded data. About one percent of the high-use subscribers downloaded half of the data volumes, according to the company. “The hungry are getting hungrier,” Flanagan said. 

Users of Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM)’s latest BlackBerry smartphones, the Curve and the Bold Touch, download about five times less data than iPhone 4S subscribers, according to Arieso. While RIM compresses data, the company’s traditional business users also use fewer applications beyond e-mail, Flanagan said.

The proliferation of voice command software may accelerate as more manufacturers adopt the technology, Flanagan said. “What makes Apple unique is that they have done it first successfully.” 

If you’re actively using Siri on your iPhone 4S, it may be a good idea to keep an eye on the data usage.

We hope  that Apple can also convince their carrier partners to increase the data usage limits for iPhone users so that users can use features like Siri more freely without worrying about exceeding their data usage limits. Unfortunately, the way carriers are treating their customers, it’s probably wishful thinking.

Are you using twice as much data on your iPhone 4S? Let us know in the comments.

[via Bloomberg]

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  • ME!

    If the hackers finally bring it to my 4, I’ll be using it all the time! I can’t wait for the 5! The Galaxcy S2 kicks my phones ass!

    • SP

      Maybe the S2 hardware is nice but every iteration of Android OS to date has been ghetto compared to iOS. Beefy hardware is pretty useless in this case.

      I hear Droid users brag that they have a dual-proc but when I ask them when/how is the dual-proc utilized I get answers of “ummm I don’t know” or “well it’s not used yet but it will be.”

      • The most ridiculous thing about the S2’s dual core processor – It’s animations and scrolling are still jerky. Compare that to the iPhone 4 (a single core processor) which, at least when it comes to scrolling, kicks the S2’s ass.
        Try it, hold your iPhone 4 in one hand and the S2 in another and scroll the applications page for both. You’ll see the difference.

  • S41N7

    I use allot of data & I guess my 4S has increased my data usage. However, I am not concerned as I am on O2s original iPhone tarrif that includes unlimited data. No way I would give that up. My calculations conclude that paying for the iPhone handset outright is much much more economical in the longrun. £25 per month for unlimited data, 600 min, and unlimited text.

  • Joe

    Then Siri must use 4x as much data because at least half of the people never use it. I know at least a dozen people with 4S’s and I don’t know a single person who uses Siri with any regularity.

    • Paradox

      I am using it semi-regularly, but only when driving to either read back text messages or send text messages. And all ye haters, no I don’t have to take my eyes off the road. I have a ford with my Sync. All voice controlled actions.