updated 04:29 pm EDT, Fri September 28, 2012
Survey shows age also a factor in data usage
Android smartphone users download an average of 870MB of data per month through mobile networks, a study suggests. A survey by research group NPD also found that around 2.5GB of data is transferred on Wi-Fi networks, and effectively mirrors the results found in a similar survey performed last month.
The September figures also breaks the data down by age, showing users in the 18 to 24-year old age group used carrier networks the most. Users aged 55 years and up used less cell network data, at 750MB per month compared to the 1.05GB used by the highest group. In terms of Wi-Fi, the same 55-and-over group used the least amount of Wi-Fi data at 1.42GB, while those in the 25 to 34 age category used the most, at 3.01GB per month.
Just as last time, the survey suggests that carriers do not need to supply unlimited data plans to its users, as relatively few users will exceed any existing data caps on current price plans.
NPD used its SmartMeter app on 1,000 Android handsets, and is soon to expand the survey's range to iOS users. Participants in the survey are given incentives to install the software on their handsets, although it isn't clear what these entail. [via Fierce Wireless]