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]