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U.S. leads in mobile data demand

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U.S. leads in mobile data demand
U.S. mobile device users are about to spend over $100 billion on data this year, becoming the first country to cross that threshold in a single year. Ever since 2007, with the launch of the Apple iPhone, demand for data has been heaviest in the U.S. According to a report by analyst Chetan Sharma, China and Japan trail the U.S. in data demand.

For 2013, U.S mobile data was a $90 billion industry as stateside carriers added 12 million new accounts. Interestingly, the majority of these accounts were added for non-phone devices. Verizon was responsible for 36% of the new accounts added last year, followed by the 34% belonging to T-Mobile. That's no surprise to most of you who have witnessed the nation's fourth largest carrier set the tone for the industry with the elimination of subsidized pricing. T-Mobile was the most innovative carrier in the U.S. in 2013, even agreeing to pay rivals' Early Termination Fees in order to allow those bound by a contract to another carrier, to leave mid-term and switch to T-Mobile.

According to Sharma's data, iOS topped Android in the fourth quarter with a 49% share of smartphones sold in the states. For the whole year, both platforms had a 48% slice of the U.S. smartphone pie with other platforms accounting for the rest. Smartphone penetration is about 66% and 92% of new devices sold are smartphones.

source: ChetanSharma via VentureBeat, SlashGear

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:40 1

1. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I kind of feel like U.S. carriers are going the Joe Camel route and targeting kids without targeting kids. I would bet that kids account for the majority of new lines added to existing plans.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:11 5

3. Derekjeter (Posts: 204; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I think this goes on hand with us being the fattest country in the world. My neighbors kid is 10 and he weighs 170lbs, he has an ipad, iphone, nintendo DS, among other stuff. I know he got the PS4 this past month so i haven't seen the kid for 3 weeks. Its sad.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:19 1

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2548; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sad. Parents should learn how to rise a kid. Even I would do it better though I'm just 15 lol

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:57 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10645; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree. When I was a kid, we played all day. I still remember my parents telling me I couldn't have seconds till I go play. My dad instilled physical fitness into me without me realizing it. I have a teen nieces/nephews that weigh like 250+lbs. Less internet more outside time +1 DJ. Also I'm sad this is #2's walkoff season :(. He's earned it though.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:19

5. geordie8t1 (Posts: 90; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)


It's kind of no surprise you spend that much, your tariffs are crap, I mean in the uk we complain about the prices of our plans but at least we have large choice with varying tariffs, we have unlimited data plans, 50gb, 20gb, 10gb, 5gb and so on all the way down 100mb, and all our networks offer something different, and there is fierce competition, the USA networks are more like monopolies and just seem to stagnate and charge way over the top for what is essentially very little

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 13:22 1

8. Shatter (Posts: 1999; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes they have monopolies, so do the ISP. In an area where you only can get one ISP they will 99% of the time overcharge you and cap your internet.

At least T-Mobile has the $30 plan thats a lot better than every other plan and I can have uncapped 100mbps at my house...

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 14:37

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7787; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You can achieve 100mbps with T-Mobile? Post screenshots because I don't believe you at all.

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