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Siri uses just 63KB per query, has a "negligible" effect on mobile data traffic says a carrier CTO

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There have been reports, based on a network research company's note, that Siri is responsible for overloading carrier networks where the iPhone 4S is sold, since it has to connect to Apple's servers each time to process a query. Now a board member of Siri from the times it was an independent company, has written a nice piece to debunk this myth.

Siri, he says, uses just 63KB per query; if the average user is firing it up 15 times a day, and that's probably a stretch, it will consume just 28MB per month, which is a far cry from Siri being responsible for doubling data usage since the iPhone 4S inception.

The author doesn't dispute the fact that smartphones are the ones causing network congestion, but rather says it is the combined efforts of video streaming sites like YouTube, remote storage and syncing services like iCloud, music lockers like Google Music, and so on, that are driving our data consumption up and away, not just Siri.

In fact, a CTO of a major European carrier has mentioned that they have been analyzing mobile data traffic to determine where this surge in consumption stems from, and found out that Siri had a "negligible" effect on the matter, so iPhone 4S users seem absolved of the data hog accusations for now.

source: WashingtonPost & Forbes

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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 06:42 1

1. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, but more than just a query happens when you talk to siri. it also pulls information from the net for your searches, ect. Thats not siri's fault though, as you would do that on your own. Who knows, maybe peeps are spending so much time playing with siri that its making a real impact with how much time the phone is on the web searching for things.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:33 3

3. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


That is true.
So let's triple that number:
84Mb a month.

Say a heavy user uses it 10x as much:
280mb a month.

That's still not a lot of traffic considering people watch live sports, television, and netflix on their phone.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 15:41 1

4. Remlxfa (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)


yea I guess you are right

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 15:58

5. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


look I have a doppleganger. Yaaaay. lol.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 16:01

6. remixfa (Posts: 13906; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it would be interesting to see the top 10 siri searches. see what they are doing that uses so much data.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 07:08

2. palmguy (Posts: 260; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Sir, are you eating up my limited data plan?

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 08:29

7. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


"if the average user is firing it up 15 times a day, and that's probably a stretch"
Eh? if siri was THAT good as being advertised, why would someone use it only 15 times a day (and that, too, being a stretch)?

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 13:00 1

8. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Being that I have an iPhone4s, I barely use siri 5 times a week! first problem is that im on the sprint network. Second issue being exactly what you said, if it worked better I probably would use it more.

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