Apple iPhone users consume more Wi-Fi than PC owners do
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)
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
5. downphoenix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
makes sense, when you have limited data plans, you gotta use wifi to not burn through your limit.
6. iBlowjob (unregistered)
Nerds... Nerds... Nerds... Calm down..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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?
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; 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
19. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
wow.....I use wifi because its there not because my network sucks........