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Here's the amount of data used by the average U.S. subscriber

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Here's the amount of data used by the average U.S. subscriber
We all know that mobile data usage is skyrocketing these days, but haven't you wondered exactly how much data gets consumed by a customer on average? Well, thanks to a Nielsen report, we now know the answer. And it's 42.

No, just kidding. According to Nielsen's survey, based on over 65,000 users, the average U.S. subscriber is using about 450 MB of data per month, with this number representing data usage for the first quarter of this year. It's not a small number, but not that high either. Still, things are no doubt progressing rapidly, as in Q1 of 2011, mobile users have consumed just 208 MB on average per month.

It should be noted that this survey doesn't separate smartphone from feature phone users, though. But with the super-high smartphone penetration in the U.S., feature phones will be playing a smaller and smaller role in the future. On the other hand we can imagine that the average PhoneArena user consumers significantly more than the said 450 MB. What do you think? How much data do you typically use each month?

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posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:40 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5610; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I fluctuate between 3 - 4 Gb/month.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:43 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5610; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wish there was a way to determine how much is based on e-mail (including attachments) vs. web surfing. VZW just gives a total data number.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:49 3

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Damn someone doesn't like you. You were only talking about your data. lol

I am with you I use about 4GB of data because I tether with my Prime more & more each month. I may be at 5GB this month.

Ohh I am on VZW also.

+1

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 00:17 1

39. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


ya i don't tether but i still use 2-4 gigs a month. (streaming music is awesome)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:30 1

12. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


If you use Verizon's app I'm pretty sure it doesn't count.
If you have ICS (probably not since you call yourself "Droid X") you can use the data manager and if not you can download one from the play store, although they aren't that accurate.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 09:31 1

17. Aeires (unregistered)


If you own an Android, ICS and JB does that. All you need do is go into the settings and select the data usage area, it breaks down data by specific apps.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 10:47

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yer sir, you are 100% correct.

+1 to you too

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 13:14

31. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


ICS will tell you under the Data Usage section of the phone settings. You can see how much data youve consumed on the mobile network or wifi and it displays the data usage for each app as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 12:58

28. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


Jesus I don't really think I'm on the phone that much, but I use at least 5GB lol.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:51 1

43. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


You must have Sprint. I agree with you. I think this survey was based on 65,000 old people that dont know what an internet is.

Also if the survey was based on Verizon customers, then it will definatley be low since data is mad expensive with VZ and it discourages you from using it.

When you have unlimited you will stream netflix in bed without caring about wifi conection.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:42

2. nadar.bsm (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


hurray..... again first...!!!!

I am from India... so I basically opt for GPRS plan rather than 3G...

I have a Aircel & Loop connection... with Aircel Pocket internet connection I use unlimited GPRS data on my mobile so never got to mesure the limit... but typically I may use 2-2.5GB/month .....

Most of my friends also use the same data usage.....

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:47 1

5. nadar.bsm (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


s**t missed the first...!!!! :( :( :( .... lolzzzz

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:45 6

4. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Well look at that...I'm above average. :)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 12:58 3

29. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


That's not what she said. =P

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:48

6. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


since upgrading to a 'all-you-can-eat' data plan back in march, im now consuming about 5-7GB a month. Most of it being used for media streaming.
Samsung Gnex, Three Mobile, UK

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 04:10

40. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2193686/three-reports-a-jump-in-customers-data-usage

Just to prove my point ^^^

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:36

44. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


my allowance reset last night. last month i used a surprisingly small amount of data for me.

4.79GB

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 06:59 3

7. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I use somewhere between 3 and 13GB a month. So glad I still have unlimited data.

I'd like to see what the average smartphone user uses because I dont think I know anyone that uses less than a gig a month

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 07:43 3

8. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


You'd be surprised acturlly. Many of the carriers in the UK only offer 500MB a month. ive been known to use that in a day. I think data limits are wrong anyway. Either have truely unlimited (no fair usage bollocks) data or none at all.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:14 1

10. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


yeah, that's a phony number because you include people with voice only phones.
The big boys love for you to use that false information so they can bang it to the smart phone subscribers and laugh all the way to the bank. Also, when will they stop double charging for ads in your data stream. Users should not be dinged for data transfer of advertising material that they are forced to consume.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:16

11. ibap (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


I don't stream much - though there was the time I was streaming a sports broadcast to keep hubby awake while driving home late from a one-day trip.

I've been trying to lower my data consumption, with the idea of changing carriers and plans and saving some dough. Between wi-fi and HTC pass-through, turning off most background synch and creating SMS notifications for a number of things, I've knocked it way down, but I don't think I've ever managed to suck up more than about 2.5 gig in a month. The SMS notifications are enough to let me know if I want to check the whole email or whatever, and that works for me.

To get any reliable information, it needs to come from the carriers in the form of a graph - and I'm betting they aren't really willing to share that. A lot of people are paying for more data than they actually use, probably because of the way plans are structured, and the fear of overage charges.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:34 2

13. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I have used almost 4gb this month. Thank you, unlimited data from Sprint!!

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:46 1

14. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


4-5GB...per month...thanx 2 Bharati Airtel...From India...:)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 08:50

15. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i think WiFi helps alot with determining this average. i'm on sprint and the service sucks in my area so i'm constantly on wifi... when i'm at work i barely use my phone because the data is basically not available to use.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 09:21

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6249; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If i still have my UNLIMITED DATA you will see HOW MUCH i would stream videos on my phone. now i have to be careful how much i use my data

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 09:32 1

18. iamkrishna (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I use around 15 GB data per month

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 10:34

19. greathero1 (Posts: 460; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I use about 1 GB a week but that is because I use the mobile hotspot feature for my iPad. If I did not use that feature, I think I would be well under 1 GB for a month.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 10:47

21. cGmC11 (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I use more than 3GB a month...and thank AT&T for reducing the speed after that, I love you! :-/

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 10:51

22. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 425; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


So if the majority by a long shot are using a measly 450mb why don't they calm the eff down on the 2-4giggers, geez... Throttling probably should happen till at least 5gb+

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 11:07

23. joeyrushlow (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


I'm usually around 2-2.5 gb on 3g and using the 4g anywhere from 2gb to 30gb in a month. Sprints awesome lol

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 17:57

37. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I Agree, cant wait to get LTE from sprint,,, :-)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 11:13

24. BrandT (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I haven't had Internet at my apartment for a few months now and I ended up using 25GBs at first, but my last cycle went up to 35GB. O_O

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 13:01 2

30. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


That is a lot of por.....uh media files you look at online.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 14:13 1

35. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I bet its HD por...uh media files;)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 12:21

25. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


two weeks into my month and ive used 3GB.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 12:24

26. _VipeR_ (Posts: 46; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I actually average between 6 and 8 GB a month.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 12:41

27. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


My usage isnt that high, varies between 800mb to 1.7gb. I would be fine with a 2gb cap, but I like having unlimited data.

As far as that average being so low, its simple: Many smartphone users are casuals, they barely use their device outside of calling, texting, and the occassional app or game.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 13:30 1

32. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


I honestly think this study is a bust. I really think people use more internet then survey really understands. I mean 450mb on average? I do that in a day and barely use my phone for watching youtube or the like. These facts are probably off....by a lot.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 13:48

33. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


I've been checking each month what I use and I was very surprised that it's only about 1gb/month. Plus I use my data plan on my PlayBook through my BlackBerry frequently so very shocked indeed. Starting to wonder if I really need Sprint's unlimited data...

Plus I've become a Pandora fanatic everywhere I drive, so still, I don't see how I'm not using more.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 14:01

34. aninvisibleman (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)


I can go from anything between 1.5-10GBs a month. It really depends on my usage. If I'm at home or work a lot, I have WiFi to offload on, and it saves more battery on my phone. The 10GB month was because I was on vacation and the hotel charged for WiFi so my hotspot usage went way up.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 14:54

36. jtc8008 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


This survey is bogus. The voice only phones are canceling out the actual amount of data a smartphone owner uses. Who cares how much data a regular phone uses, do a study on average smartphone usage per carrier. Sprint users are gonna use more data than AT&T and Verizon users. There should be three separate studies done, one for each main carrier.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 19:12

38. Endruu (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Previously with instant upload and dropbox camera upload set to deliver via 3G, I was easily hitting 7-8gb a month, other culprits included tethering, youtube, Google Music.

Now with both Instant Upload and Dropbox set to Wifi only, I'm still hitting about 3+gb monthly.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 11:10

41. mdw864 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


I do not have a computer, but I am in school for my doctoral degree, AND I use my phone for business purposes. (Square, appointment scheduler, website development) Plus when I go on long trips, over 30 minutes, I turn on my hotspot and break out the old trusty Droid 1 and let my son watch sesame street on netflix, or play veggie tales games or something like that. I do not have satellite bc I couldn't afford the deposit they said I had to pay. So I regularly use 90+ gigs/mo.

Why don't I suck it up and buy a computer and get dsl? I am a single father, paying for daycare out of pocket ($745/mo) Paying for med school out of pocket ($35,000/yr), paying for grandma's medicine out of pocket ($125/mo), commuting a total of 2 hours/98.7 miles every day for school and work, I cant afford computer, let alone an extra $90/mo for either 1.5 gig of DSL or $150 for 3 gig of DSL. Why would I do that when I'm paying $120 for cell phones for my grandma and I?

Suprisingly, this is the norm for people where I live, well not the med school part, but everything else is.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 11:30

42. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


There are some internet services that are 25 dollars a month. But, it sounds like you aren't in the US by the sound of your internet prices. I mean I pay 90 a month for 25 mbps upload/download fiberoptic internet. Thats a horrible situation to be in mate. Sorry to see your struggle.

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