iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners

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Choosing an iPhone 6 Plus over an iPhone 6 could have a big impact on your data consumption, new research has found. Owners of Apple’s larger device tend to use it more like a tablet — watching more video and playing more games — which means they’re eating up their data allowance much faster.

Almost every iPhone 6 Plus owner I know has told me that they’ve hardly picked up their iPad since adopting their new smartphone. Its 5.5-inch display makes it ideal for watching movies and TV shows on the go and browsing the web, and it’s the perfect size for mobile gaming.

As a result, it’s leading to an increase in data usage, according to a new report from Citrix. On average, 6 Plus users consume twice as much data as those with the smaller iPhone 6 — which means it’s not only more expensive to buy, but also more expensive to keep long-term.

The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s consume around half as much data as the iPhone 6, while the iPhone 4 consumes little over a quarter. The iPhone 3GS, which is apparently still in use almost six years on, consumes only a tenth of the data used by the iPhone 6 Plus.

Citrix also found that thanks to today’s speedy data networks, HD videos load 50 percent faster, webpages load 35 percent faster, and files download 18 percent faster. In turn, that means users can watch more, browse more, and download more in an hour of use than they ever could before.

Have you noticed you’re using more data since getting the iPhone 6 Plus?

[via Business Insider]