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Data usage up on T-Mobile and AT&T, down on Sprint and Verizon

Data usage up on T-Mobile and AT&T, down on Sprint and Verizon
Fierce Wireless and NPD Connected Intelligence have been keeping track of the data used by customers of the four major U.S. carriers. A chart was produced and over the six months ended in September, both T-Mobile and AT&T customers have been increasing the amount of data that they consume. Verizon customers have been using less data while Sprint customers seem to have turned off their phones except to make calls.

Sprint customers averaged .68GB of data use in September. That is down sharply from the leading 1.4GB the carrier's customers averaged in May. That might seem surprising considering the unlimited data plan offered by the nation's third largest carrier. Sure, the vast majority of Sprint customers are using a 3G pipeline, but it still is all you can eat.

The average Apple iPhone user consumes more data on average, than owners of other smartphones

The average Apple iPhone user consumes more data on average, than owners of other smartphones

Speaking of all you can eat, T-Mobile's decision to bring back unlimited data is probably behind its customers' surging data use. Back in April, T-Mobile customers were using about 1.2GB of data on average. After a decline to .80GB on average in June, the data usage has bounced higher. The nation's fourth largest carrier started offering unlimited data on September 5th, but even before then, data usage was rising toward September's reading of 1.09GB used by T-Mobile customers on average.

Despite added LTE coverage, Verizon customers have drastically reduced their use of data from just under 1GB on average in April to September's average of .59 GB. Perhaps Verizon customers have been using Wi-Fi more and cut back on data usage since the carrier's Share Everything plans started June 28th. That seems to coincide with the start of the data usage decline on the nation's largest mobile operator. Lastly, AT&T's customers have started using a little more data with the average customer eating .89GB of data in September, good enough for second after T-Mobile. Back in April, AT&T customers had the lowest average with just under .60GB of data consumed on average.

Separate figures were computed for Apple iPhone owners in September and the average user of the iconic smartphone used 1.58GB  of data on Verizon, 1.35GB on AT&T, .72GB on Sprint and .19GB on T-Mobile. The latter figure is based on about 1 million unlocked Apple iPhone units that run on T-Mobile's pipeline. Eliminating that figure, it is obvious that iPhone users consume more data than the average smartphone user.

source: FierceWireless

T-Mobile and AT&T customers are continuing to increase their data usage
T-Mobile and AT&T customers are continuing to increase their data usage

T-Mobile and AT&T customers are continuing to increase their data usage


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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:17 15

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well in part because ATT and T-Mo have the best phone line up.. so far

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:26 5

2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iDisagree, I just checked my Data usage on Verizon's website and I am up so far to 33GB's and I still have almost two weeks remaining on my current cycle. Besides, we have RAZR's, MAXX's, HD's, GSIII's, soon to have Note II's and we even have iCandy for the "other folks"".

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:34 4

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


just becasue yours is up doesnt mean others arent down.. you do realize its a TOTAL and not just you? Well a total of an average.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:32 1

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


It's not [just me]??
My bad.
Well, at least we know mine is 'up'.....

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:35 1

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


LOOOOOOOL Papinyc 33GB's?? sounds like me hahaha

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:35 1

12. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


LOL.... what's up with these newbies??

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 22:20

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


hahahaaha......i dont know man :)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 22:57 2

17. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Maybe other people have some real life?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:01 1

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


I know that man we're just playing dont be so mad

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:02

19. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


np :) I consume more data just that not on phone. No good plans here ~

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:34 1

23. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Not the case with t-mobile!:)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:42 2

7. .GsmArena. (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Same here to, but have unlimited data.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:19 1

21. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


For one all Motorola mobiles that are lte on Verizon turn to crap after 3 months and go into a rebooting cycle, none the less Verizon's lte drains these handsets battery, and the thing with t-mobile and AT&T is that since they are gsm and gsm is a world standard there is little to no modification from its European counterpart, I have a note 2 and as mentioned these results are global, on my t-mobile account I'm up to 22 gigabytes I don't see how people without unlimited data survive, and still have a week on my billing cycle, but all in all as far as mobile line up it is agreeable that t-mobile and AT&T have the best handsets, Verizon is nothing without Motorola and lg, and sprint is nothing without htc and their Evo line up whereas AT&T and t-mobile get love from everyone and anyone

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:50 1

24. thunder18 (Posts: 111; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


I beg to differ in regards to Sprint. You're correct about the Evo, but don't forget about the GSIII, the Photon,the iPhone and the Galaxy Nexus. These are not some bargain basement handsets.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 00:21

25. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


They are too me :P and I was simply pointing out the forte in the cdma carriers, and only reason why they are is because I'm used to high end stuff like my note 2 and the original nokia 808 pureview, best of symbian, and apparently Samsung is another forte in sprint, but take out Samsung and HTC from sprint and there isn't much choice left :P none the less sprint's 3g sucks, and that is if available, some people I know that have sprint lose service when entering a building or going out into the country, but back to line up well I guess that explains why the cdma carriers have their own manufacturer provider, and as far as the iphone I'm not even sure if that's a smartphone anymore, it lacks NFC, it's gps sucks and doesn't have voice guided route, and it even lacks the ability to edit a word document, something Android mobile phones were able to do since 2009 as seen in the Sony Ericsson xperia x10, the Galaxy s3 would be, and is great, but (no offense) out of sprint, don't forget sprint dummied it down to dual core and took out the quad core exynos from the original, and Haha as far as cameras the nokia 808 pureview will be a King for quite some years

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 07:42

27. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You're obviously talking out of your @$$ as, iGobble up data on my RAZR MAXX (Motorola)!!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 11:46

30. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Wtf are you talking about, I didn't say anything nor say this guy lied about his data consumption, I simply said that other carriers have better phone line up than veri$on and at a cheaper price ah Goble Goble I can care less :P lol

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 12:24

31. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You're just jealous because you don't have a Verizon Unlimited Data plan which means you had NO PHONE SERVICE during Hurricane Sandy. lol!!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 14:12

34. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I live in Texas, retard, hurricane sandy didn't even bring a breeze to where I live, and no thank you why would I want to pay a lot more for Verizon unlimited data when I'm constantly hitting 17 mbps on my Galaxy note with t-mobile at half the price? None the less people affected by hurricane sandy were able to roam from at&t to t-mobile at no extra cost, besides current plans will not allow a customer to jump ship to unlimited data on Verizon, but that's besides the point, Verizon's coverage in my area as far as LTE goes sucks, they don't even have service when you go too far out, but I think it's only for cdma carriers, since t-mobile and at&t do have service out of the city

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 17:58

35. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Your saving grace is that you have a Galaxy Note, the down side is you're probably near the Mejico border.......waaaaaay!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:36

37. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Yeah I'm an hour away East of Houston, between Houston and new Orleans, I'm not sure what I would do if I were to live near Mexicans! Ew! And how is having a mobile a saving grace?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 13:01

32. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have Verizon - AT&T has been better for some time, but VZW has caught up with their new WIN 8 phones and phablets....I use 5GB a mnth, but I work a lot, too.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:00

36. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yeah, that guy is just bitter (like a scorned woman left at the altar)!!

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:47

38. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Hehe if you were to actually interact with me I'm a pretty chill guy who likes to go out and have fun, I just can't stand stupidity aka people who talk out of their arse in a subject that pertains to phone line up when it's obvious the native gsm carriers outpace cdma carriers, for the record, at&t's LTE is faster than Verizon's and t-mobile is in the process of rolling out LTE advanced, which is said to be 3x faster than current LTE, eat that

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:28 7

3. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


The gsm carriers offer better 3g speeds. (hspa+)
cdma speeds are junk. My throttled att is faster than sprint 3g.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 20:34 3

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


reason I left sprint was due to s**tty 3g speeds. Went to Verizon at the time there phone selection SUCKED so now AT&T and glad I did 3g 4g great devices.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 22:00 2

14. theo14461 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I agree, at least I can get AT&T's HSPA+ if I lose LTE, unlike Verizon, it drops to their slow 3G.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 13:02

33. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yep, I am glad VZW upg my network - 3G CDMA is kayrap....

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:09 1

8. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It is such a waste for people not to use something that they have the LEGAL RIGHT to use, EVEN If you're on a 2G Network pipeline!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:49 1

13. michcarguy (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Sep 2009)


No one has a legal right to a network except for the carrier who owns them. They can kick you off or limit to any network any time they want. (Of course, not charge you for tho)

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 04:57 3

26. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yeah. GSM is a much better technology than CDMA.
I'm definitely using T-Mobile next. No doubt about it. They have close to the same coverage as Sprint and awesome HSPA+ coverage near my location.
AT&T is full of jerks, they cost WAY too much, and they have the highest rate of dropped calls, so... nope. lol

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 07:57

28. young0ne (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


I beg to differ with you on GSM is better than CDMA. I think GSM is good for data but that's it.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:51

39. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No it isn't, with gsm we have freedom of choice, unlike sprint, where if your mobile breaks you have to get a specific sprint mobile, plus their building penetration sucks, at my local library people lose signal while I get 4G on my note 2, plus when traveling abroad cdms is worse than useless so with cdma you just lose lose lose every time

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 08:32 2

29. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I love my gs3 on tmo. fast phone+fast speeds. mmmmm

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 19:57

40. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Probably ATT but definitely not T-mobile

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:15 2

9. MartyK (Posts: 694; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


The problem is Wi-Fi; heck, it's every where...lol

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 21:32 2

10. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Screw limited data, it's one thing to throttle it's another to make 2GB the norm.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 22:11

15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Sprint network seems to depend on where I go. Most of the time it is incredibly slow which is why I get annoyed when friends with iPhones are like hey let's see which of our phones can find this location faster. Turns out they're with Verizon... yeah right.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:18 1

20. Malique001 (Posts: 58; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I find it amusing that my sister and I used a total of 13GB last cycle n Verizon's data usage went down

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:30 1

22. Skabones (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


I knew those Share Everything plans were bad news. Is Verizon only interested in collecting overage charges and keeping network traffic down? To what end?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:01

41. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


It feels good having unlimited data on Verizon

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