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T-Mobile's average smartphone user consumes 760MB of data each month

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T-Mobile's average smartphone user consumes 760MB of data each month
T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray broke out the slide projector at the NGNM Conference in San Francisco to show some interesting numbers. It seems that the average smartphone user on the nation's fourth largest carrier consumes 760MB of data a month. According to the slides that Ray showed the group, data usage on the carrier's pipeline has soared 146 times the amount used 5 years ago. Meanwhile, data speeds now move on T-Mobile's network 10 times faster than they did those five years earlier.

Leaked slide shows growth in average T-Mobile customer's monthly data usage

Leaked slide shows growth in average T-Mobile customer's monthly data usage

Of course, there are those power users who buy the faster phones to take advantage of, what else,  faster speeds. T-Mobile customers sporting a 42Mbps HSPA+ enabled handset like the HTC One S are averaging usage of 1.3GB of data a month. It is hard to believe, but back in 2009 the average T-Mobile customer used no more than 25MB a month which soared to 133MB monthly in 2010 and then 433MB last year.

The average T-Mobile smartphone user doesn't seem to use that much data, but when you consider that according to Cisco Systems' Virtual Network Index, the average U.S. smartphone used just 201MB of data in 2011, T-Mobile's smartphone customers seem like data hogs. When you add in Ericsson's monthly report which showed that globally, Apple iPhone and Android users gobbled up 350MB of data per month in the first quarter, T-Mobile customers look like out of control data fiends. Part of the problem is that T-Mobile customers get free mobile HotSpots.

Another interesting stat comes to us by way of  Chetan Sharma Consulting which says that while only 30% of Americans exceed 1GB in data usage each month, the most popular tiered data plans are 2GB and 3GB. And while Verizon's shared data plan will allow users to select a 1GB a month option, you will have to pay more for required unlimited voice and text message plans.

source: GIGaom

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posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:35 6

1. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I swear I don't come anywhere near 1GB...there's wifi everywhere I go so I rarely have to use my data.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 22:13 6

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Same thing. Idk why people always complain bout data prices.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 12:31

21. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Since I am self employed and work from my home office with WiFi connection my data usage is 0, do not even have a plan, just pay as you go and I have been a T-Mobile customer for years.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:39 6

2. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I almost use 10 gb every month

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:41 16

3. e.wvu (unregistered)


You need to get out more.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:48 10

4. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Or in, where there is Wi-Fi. Lol..

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:49 4

5. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


basically i hate Verizons new shared data plans. They force unlimited voice and text to customers and charge them S*** load of money. I cant believe they will make me give up my unlimited data when I upgrade to the GSIII.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 09:58

15. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


Then buy the phone at retail or switch to Sprint. With Sprint you can have unlimited data BUT only 3G. Your also not forced to go to Verizon's Share everything plans. Those are only required for NEW customers. Please people know your facts before you start crying. Am I a fan of the Unlimited data going away slowly...no! I use 25-50GB a month so this sucks for me but I buy my phones at retail to avoid this.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:01

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


if you have unlimited data and you want to upgrade youll have to switch to a shared data plan. i work for verizon... i know this already. youhad everything right, but that.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 07:56

36. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


Apparently you misread my first sentence where it states buy the phone at retail or switch to Sprint to maintain unlimited data. I work for Verizon also. : )

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:13 4

24. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


25-50GB of data. People like YOU are the reason the carriers are throttling or completely doing away with unlimited data plans. WTF could you possibly be doing to use upwards of 50 gb per month?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:27

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


hotspot, streaming movies, etc. my friend works at coorperate verizon and she hits that every month. one month she hit 68gb, but she uses her phone for her internet. i hit 8gbs last month and i noticed after 5gb that it was super throttled. drove me crazy. lol i had to catch up on my "how i met your mother". hahaha

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 22:39 2

7. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Uh oh...this is how it starts...Verizon said their average user used around 2GB. This is gonna dictate some new data plans T Mo's cooking up.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:45

39. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Why would Verizon's average user mean T-Mobile will change their data plans? $20 for 2GB of high speed, or $35 for 5GB and mobile hotspot. Only $5 more than what Verizon customers pay for 2GB, and you get 2.5x the data and mobile hotspot.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 01:11

44. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Verizon just went to a share everything plan. Thats all. Unlimited talk n text. The most data under the new plans is 10GB. You can add 2GB extra later, dont know exactly how it will work.

I checked ATT site for the same type of plan ....unlimited talk n text, 10GB or 15GB between 3 phones.

Verizon came out at a minimum $15 cheaper. At the most $80. My current 3 line family plan with unlimited talk n text is already cheaper on Verion vs. ATT. Verizon is skimping on the data part of the new plans MO. ATT did give me the option of having more data between 3 phones tho....5GB each. But...it was $80 more than Verizon.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 22:46 2

8. joey18 (Posts: 548; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


I use 600 kilobatEs only bcs my iphone is to slow at home i used WIFi but beforbe i used 2g so verizon plans are overprice

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 23:26 1

9. MellissaNielson (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


When you consider that according to Cisco Systems' Virtual Network Index...

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posted on 16 Jun 2012, 04:39 3

10. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I use 3-15gigs a month. Gotta curb that a bit..hmmm.. How can I stay under 2 gigs... hmm...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 05:43

11. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I asked myself the same thing, so maybe I can take off my unlimited and save that $10

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:33

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


stay off the internet porn sites,

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:24

48. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i have everything syncing all the time. pictures, music, ect. and I use it for tethering quite a bit since its faster than my crappy home connection.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:24

33. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


knock yourself out for all but 20 minutes a month

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:27 1

34. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


How when you are throttle after 5? and have edge speed?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:21

46. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


employee plans have no throttle, ngo. And you can also get a 10 gig plan if you wish. 2 gig, 5 gig, 10 gig are the regular plans.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 06:11

12. JunitoNH (Posts: 986; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Don't own a smartphone, but admittedly miss one when traveling, specially high end hotels. If you have ever been to the Portofino or/and Hard Rock in Orlando, you know exactly what I mean, $25/day for wifi.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:28

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


thats bs. most, if not all, hotels in my area offer free wifi.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 08:27

13. tlsmithsr (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


Yeah I have T-mo and i'm at maybe 500mb a month because of Wifi being everywhere

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 09:33 2

14. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


But does anyone else find it silly that all these companies are either moving towards or already have 4G which is supposed to be blazing fast but hope that most of the time that when you need to use data that you do so on someone's wifi connection? For me when I am at home I use wifi because I am in a 3g area and my home connection is faster and convenient. However when I am at work and in a 4G area I use my 4G connection because it is fast and I don't wanna have to hunt around for a wifi connection. Just so stupid that the use of data is so costly on your service provider.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 12:00

20. tlsmithsr (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


I agree. I hate that you are required to have a data package of some sort to own a smart phone. At home, work, restaurants, coffee shops and at the mall i'm always on wifi. The only reason I use network data is because i have to pay for it so i force myself to use it but it's never as fast as wifi connections so i always revert back to it.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 12:35 1

22. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You can always do what I did, by the phone you want from amazon unlocked then you can get just what you need from the provider and nothing more.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:01

38. tlsmithsr (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


I was thinking about that when the contract is up. either swappa or amazon.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:50

40. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I personally use my wifi at home because I get 30+Mbps download speeds. While in some VERY select areas you can get faster than that with LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+, it's not really common for the average user.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 10:24 2

16. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Verizon can take my unlimited data when they PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!!!
*Attempts to cram shotgun shell into RAZR's usb port*

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:35 1

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


i said the same thing. go ahead take my unlimited data, ill cut you so hard that youll wish that you hadnt been cut so hard.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 10:38

17. bubbadoes (Posts: 367; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Lack of network coverage is the reason.......no signal....no data....so everyone is connected to wifi.....im at 12 megs a month on vw....lte

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 10:40 1

18. Fuego84 (Posts: 296; Member since: 13 May 2012)


T-Mobile has cheap plans $50,$60,$70, all unlimited data the $60 adds the first 2gb at 4g speeds and the $70 plan adds the first 5gb at 4g speeds after that speeds drop to 2g but its still fast. I pay for the $70 plan cause I'm afraid I'll finish the 2gb of 4g data but I've only have used that much once and the month was almost over. Also I'm at work 15hrs a day Sun-Mon. And there is WiFi available so some months I don't even use 1gb of data.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:52

41. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Those are their prepaid plans. Just thought I would throw that out there.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 06:33

45. Fuego84 (Posts: 296; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Oops I didn't mean to thumb you down. But yeah, I forgot to mention that I was talking about prepaid plans. I have preferred prepaid over contract plans for a couple of years now but not for cheap phones. I bought the HTC One S at best buy for $650 + BT insurance was a total of about $890. Well just wondering if you know what the contractual plans are? I though I saw on T-Mobile's website that the $70 plan would cost $94.xx if on contract.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:17

49. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


T-Mobile contract pricing for Unlimited T&T and 2GB of high speed would be $94.99/month but with that you also get mobile hotspot and tethering. From what you told me you spent on the One S, in two years time, you actually will have spent around the same amount as a contract. T-Mobile Monthly 4G + $890 for two years = $2570. Contract + $198 (for phone) + $115 (for base insurance) = $2593. After taxes and what not you would come out slightly more on top, however, you wouldn't have the mobile hotspot feature include (unless you happen to have an app/program to give it to you.)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:38

51. Fuego84 (Posts: 296; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Thanks for the info. On my next purchase I will definitely go the contract route. Thanks again.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 13:02

52. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


No problem. I'm a t-mobile contract customer myself. If you want the real high end devices, usually contract will bring you out on top.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 13:07

53. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


unl T/T and 2g of web on no contract is 60 a month. 60 X 24 = 1440 over 2 years. Buy an expencive 600 phone and that puts you at 2040. that is way cheaper than contract. you almost never come out cheaper on contract, you need to check your math a bit. that isnt even considering the tax differences between contract and prepaid.

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 12:26

54. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


*Quick edit to clarify my other post. I meant the 5GB with hotspot is $94.99* Unlimited T/T and 2GB on contract is $80. $80*24=$1920. Also figure in it's not hard to find that same $600 phone on contract for free. Most people would not come out on top with contract, but if you're one to get the latest top end device and want the insurance, it may not be a bad way to go.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:35

50. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I know I just wrote a lot, but I did want to mention that if you manage to find a really good deal on a phone (like a week or so ago where you could get the phone for free), you would actually end up spending less on contract.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:59

19. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I use so far in 18 days 1,709,357 kb/unl what's that in gig?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:17 3

25. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


incredibly basic math tells us that is 1.7 GB. Jesus christ, wtf are they teaching in schools these days?

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:54

42. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


1.63GB, But very close. (See thedarkside's comment).

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:37 2

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


1024kb= 1mb, 1024mb= 1gb

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 14:08

31. LaReina (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)


Um, I don't like the idea of just using public wi fi everywhere. I'll keep my unlimited data plan as long as I can. The only wi fi I will be using is my private home one.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 14:15 1

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i think i use around 5GB a month, i'd do a quick check but i just flashed a new leak yesterday. you T-Mobile users need to get a grip though, your most intense users use 1.7GB on average, that's half a GB higher than runner up Sprint, nearly twice as much as Verizon's most data intensive users and a whole GB higher than AT&T's most intensive users.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:23

47. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


get a grip!? lol

the plans are cheaper and you get more out of it, why wouldnt u use more? id be afraid to be on VZW or ATT.. the bill is high enough as it is without all that overage. Sprint would be higher usage if it were faster.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:43

35. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


wierd i used 20 gb last month i dont know how its possible that the average smartphone is 200mb when every account i see at work ppl always are hitting their limits

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 09:58

43. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


You have to take into account the majority of smartphone users are very casual users. There are also those who opt into the cheaper data plans (when available) and those are usually 200-300mb. A lot of those people pay for that, just to get the phone, and only use wifi.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 08:42

37. supaman21 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


The point you guys after missing that the carriers atte obviously preparing for is when the data connection on your phone is faster than wifi, I adjust see verizon lte speeds that average 25 while my wifi at home averages only slightly more at 27, what happens when that's reversed and lte plus is running at 50.....

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