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Verizon smartphones using more data than iPhones?

updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed July 28, 2010

Verizon hits stereotype of iPhones using more data

Verizon smartphone owners may ultimately use more data than their supposedly more aggressive iPhone-using counterparts at AT&T, Validas discovered. Despite stereotypes, those with Droids and other Verizon devices use about 25 percent more 3G data on average, chewing about 428MB per month where an iPhone owner uses 338MB. Very frequent users are also much more common: 11 percent of Verizon users consume between 500MB and 1GB of data where half as many (5.6 percent) iPhone users do the same.

Apple's device has an edge in the minimum amount of data used, as slightly more use over 200MB of data, but Verizon can claim more use at the extreme, as four percent use 2GB or more per month where just 1.6 percent of iPhone owners are as eager.

The approach suggests that Android owners are even more likely to use their 3G connections and that Verizon may be better prepared for the possibility of a CDMA iPhone as its network can already cope with a large number of frequent users. The Droid line still trails the iPhone in terms of absolute users, but Verizon already has millions of Android phone owners and has yet to see a significant bandwidth crisis where AT&T has had trouble in key cities for over two years.

Validas' metrics deliberately omit BlackBerry owners, as RIM's dependence on compressing all data makes it difficult to see the effect of heavy use.

by MacNN Staff



  1. NeXTLoop

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Further evidence...

    ...of AT&T's complete incompetence.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dumb brag

    Idle souls?

  1. facebook_Dan

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    Joined: Jul 2010


    Not a surprise

    Not surprising since Verizon is the largest and most dependable network. Don't get me wrong I am not a Verizon fanboy. I love Apple. But Apple's (and Verizon's for that matter) biggest mistake was going to AT&T.
    My wife who has never owned a smart phone, and just got an Incredible is killing Verizon's unlimited data plan. I use my Blackberry for work and personal so I am always using data.
    Have to say, Verizon's network is the best.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My interpretation

    I would've changed the title of this article to either:

    1. More iPhone users have Wifi than Android users


    2. More Adroid apps are cloud based than iPhone apps

    Let's be honest, how the F does Validas know???

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two simple reasons

    This has nothing to do with the real or perceived reliability of Verizon's or AT&T's networks.

    The real reasons are:

    1. Google

    Android uses Google's various services for everything it does, and literally ALL of them are online, and nothing is local, not to mention that it uses bandwidth liberally;

    2. AT&T's WiFi hotspots

    iPhone is designed to automatically shift data traffic over to WiFi as soon as it finds a hotspot to which it can connect. iPhone users often don't even need to initiate this shift. Android devices will only use WiFi when you go into network configuration and switch it over manually.

    It is just as simple as that.

  1. facebook_Varun

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    Joined: Jul 2010


    they are forgetting about...

    ATT's wide rollout of wifi hotspots that the iphone auto-switches over to.

    verizon hasn't spent the last 4+ years convincing users to use less and less of their data. and there are far more iphone users than android users, so ATT's overall data usage is still probably higher.

  1. facebook_Dave

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    Joined: Jul 2010


    Non iPhone smart phones are used by GEEKS

    Most computer geeks avoid Apple products and buy phones they can tweak and tweak and tweak some more. And geeks download. A LOT. It's what defines them. So this makes perfect sense to me.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Non iPhone smart phones are used by GEEKS

    So could it be said that iPhone smartphones are used by non geeks who don't jailbreak and who don't know how to use the web?

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    F$#%%$ IT Geeks!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Right, their biggest mistake

    The biggest mistake was going with AT&T, which ultimately allowed Apple to make a single model of phone that could be sold everywhere in the world.

    Wow, one model! Instead of two! Think of the savings! Billions of dollars, I'm sure!

    Except they don't sell a single model of phone everywhere in the world. And they don't have a single model, they have, right now, 6 models (three white, three black). But why digress for we know that having a different receiver chip is completely different than having a different memory chip.

    BTW, the story is that Apple approached Verizon first with the iPhone. Verizon turned them down.

    I think the shareholders of AAPL would disagree with you on this item.

    I'm an Apple shareholder, and I agree with him. It is not that hard to make a phone that supports both spectrums, or have two models, one that supports CDMA the other GSM. h***, most every phone manufacturer has figured it out. Including Palm!

    Instead of having to support a completely separate and incompatible model, which would require different support and replacement procedures, Apple created one model.

    OK, so now we get to make up 'facts' to support claims? Why would there be different support procedures? Apple is the master of hiding the complexities or differences of their products. Do you really think that the phone would look, act, or respond any differently if there were a CDMA version?

    As for replacement procedures, do you know what the replacement procedures are? Take phone in to Apple store. They take yours, give you new one. How would this be different? At worst, they'd have to add one other step: ask "CDMA or GSM?". Wow, you're right! I'm not sure the geniuses would be up to the task.

    Boomshakalaka. Sell millions of units.

    You got me there. It is unequivocally assumed to be correct that if Apple had a Verizon phone and a GSM phone, neither would sell and Apple would be in Zune land at the moment. For we all know, you can't sell a product if you've got more than one option.

    I think their decision making skills are still up to par. In my opinion.

    Compared to what? For all we know, the fact that there isn't a Verizon iPhone has kept iPhone (and iPad) sales down from what could be. Perhaps they'd be making $20 billion a quarter with a Verizon phone. They certainly wouldn't be only making $10 billion a quarter.

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