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Apple iPhone users consume more Wi-Fi than PC owners do

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Apple iPhone users consume more Wi-Fi than PC owners do
Meraki, a company that provides "cloud networking" to its clients, recently studied Wi-Fi usage and discovered that this year, those using the Apple iPhone are consuming more Wi-Fi than users of Windows 7/Vista PCs. That a smartphone beat out a PC in Wi-Fi usage really shouldn't be too much of a surprise because these days, every smartphone released now offers a Wi-Fi connection. The last major smartphone that was launched without Wi-Fi was the BlackBerry Storm. At the time, RIM felt that Storm users didn't need Wi-Fi with Verizon's speedy Ev-Do rev. A network running data on the phone. It didn't take long for the complaints from BlackBerry Storm users to reach the ears of RIM executives who added Wi-Fi  to the sequel model of the phone.

Apple iPhone users consumed a whopping 32% of Wi-Fi used so far this year, up from 25% of the total used last year. Windows 7/Vista PC owners were a distant second with users responsible for 16% of Wi-Fi use this year, off from the 25% reading in 2010. The next smartphone platform is Android, coming in with 11% of Wi-Fi users. That ties them with users of the Apple iPod, also with 11%. One important note, the number of Wi-Fi using Android owners increased sharply from accounting for a minuscule 1% of all Wi-Fi users.

This year, smartphones are expected to account for half of all cellphones in use. With this trend expected to continue, and with the rolling out of more tablets, PCs and Macs will continue to see their share of Wi-Fi usage shrink. By the way, in case you are wondering, the report shows that the most data-intensive device of all is the Apple iPad which consumes an average of 200MB per month.

source: GIGaom via  IntoMobile

Apple iPhone users are consuming more Wi-Fi than the users of other devices (L), while the Apple iPad is the most data-intensive device (R)
Apple iPhone users are consuming more Wi-Fi than the users of other devices (L), while the Apple iPad is the most data-intensive device (R)

Apple iPhone users are consuming more Wi-Fi than the users of other devices (L), while the Apple iPad is the most data-intensive device (R)




                                                                                                                                               

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posted on 23 Jun 2011, 16:39 3

1. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


That's because before Verizon, iPhone users had sucky coverage and needed to connect with WiFi. Just the truth At&t people. :p

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 16:47

2. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


that doesnt even make sense especially considering they are being ironic in calling verizon's old network speedy.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 20:42 3

9. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


And they have crappy data plans as well. Must really suck to have a mobile phone that you can't use internet with unless there's a WIFI signal around!

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 20:05

15. SomeGuy (unregistered)


Dude, VZW has unlimited data. Last I checked, they carry the iPhone.

A smart phone is a smart phone and the data plans are the same for WP7, Android, iPhone, and Blackberry... Across the board.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 20:07

16. SomeGuy (unregistered)


It's an interesting article that shows the tendancy for people to use handheld mobile devices over laptops. I wish they would have included Android in the article, but I see what they are doing. It's more impressive to say that iOS alone is more popular on WIFI than laptops. The times are changing.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 16:59 3

3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


this comparison doesn't even make sense. So you're saying a iPhone device is using more wi-fi than a PC..Aren't most PCs hardlinked to a LAN cable for faster speeds than going wireless? Also who's more likely to hop onto the wifi at a coffee place or McDonalds? Someone carrying a laptop or someone who wants to do a quick search on their iOS device rather than use up the usage of their AT&T data plan..Some of these studies are the most idiotic things I've ever read about.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 17:28 2

4. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Hey didja know: the iPhone screen is the most touched touchscreen? It's the most charged phone. It's the most answered phone. It's the choice of the most pretentious.

Now take all this knowledge and go change the world!

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 17:30 3

5. downphoenix (Posts: 2359; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


makes sense, when you have limited data plans, you gotta use wifi to not burn through your limit.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 17:50 1

6. iBlowjob (unregistered)


Nerds... Nerds... Nerds... Calm down..

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 18:36 1

7. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


i have 4g i dont need wifi

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 19:43

8. jojo1 (unregistered)


That's because most iPhone are on att s**tty network so they have to use WiFi.
Dug! Why are these sites putting out information that's totally irelvant to the users. It Hoss to tell you erroneous data. When I ask people why there by a smartphone thy say because of email. Email? Is the resonance I buy an iphone?

If people had brains they wouldn't by smartphone of any brand.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 20:44 1

10. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


What this article is basically saying is that:

iPhone users can't use the web UNLESS THERE'S A WIFI SIGNAL NEARBY!

That sucks to have a mobile phone that you can't use mobile internet on!

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 02:55

11. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


iPhone users are going to thumb you down to no end because it's true.
50% of my friends that have iPhones are on T-Mobile.
65% of my friends that have iPhones don't even have data plans.
When I asked them why even bother getting a smartphone without any data, their response are always along the lines of "I can just use wifi wherever I go."
It's quite sad for me to see people with smartphones and no data. It defeats the purpose of a smartphone.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 09:52

12. Mr.Obvious (unregistered)


65% of your friends are lying to you because you cant have an iphone or any smartphone on an account unless you also get a data package. served.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 12:46

13. mfrapp20 (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


@Mr.Obvious that's completely untrue. You can have a smartphone on an account without a data plan. Just buy the phone at full price, pop in a SIM card, and there you go. Dumbass, do some research

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 19:48

14. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Won't popping in a SIM card alert the carrier that a new device has been activated on the acct and auto-add the necessary features? No dis, but your logic seems flawed?

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 09:47

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


not really, friends of mine have phones and no data plans, you just have to add the sim and its solved

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 15:08

18. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Depends on the carrier I guess then.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 19:43

19. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


wow.....I use wifi because its there not because my network sucks........

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