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iPhone users pay the highest monthly bills
The Apple iPhone is not just one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, but owning it results in paying the highest carrier bills, according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

However this might be due more to the fact that iPhones are usually tied to the most expensive data plans rather than because of users consuming the most data on Apple’s devices.

“We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits,” CIRP’s Michael Levin said. “They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers.”

iPhone users pay the highest monthly bills

At the same time, more money paid by the users does not necessarily translate into more profits for carriers. The problem seems to be that the iPhone subsidy is much higher than the subsidy for Android devices, and carriers are still more likely to get higher margins out of Android phones rather than the iPhone.

“Given the subsidies on iPhones, the carriers are working hard to make their money back during the course of the contract,” CIRP’s Josh Levitz explained. “With the exception of perhaps the hottest Android phones, we think the subsidies on Android phones are lower, so the carriers make more money even with slightly lower per subscriber revenue.”

source: CIRP via All Things D

iPhone users pay the highest monthly bills

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 06:53 3

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6491; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This shows u how greedy apple really is.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:54 10

5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, this has nothing to do with apple as most carriers have the same exact smartphone plans across the board for any smartphone. Customers decide on their data plan from the choices given.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:02 10

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3534; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This shows how ignorant you're being. Apple has NOTHING to do with carrier plans which btw are the same even for your OS as well.

Your comment on this article was very unjustified.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:09 1

9. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Dude!!! Apple doesn't discount their phones enough for carriers to be flexible with their plans...Try using an iphone and asking your carrier to take off your data plan and do the samething using SGS 3...looking at you i can see how apple fans are so blind...

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:23 7

11. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint charge the same data plans for all their smartphones. T-Mobile comes into play as they offer cheaper plans and don't include the iPhone. iPhone owners may be more likely to want extra features offered by the cell phone companies as well. But this has nothing to do with subsidizing or Apple.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:14

18. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Very true bro.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:12 1

15. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Exactly I have AT&T and my iPhone bill is the exact same as when I've had an android device. People r so silly.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 22:56

30. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Apple charges carriers higher subsidies for the phone and a chunk of the data revenue, fact not ignorance. That's why I agree with Europe charging higher plans for iphones to cover the cost that Apple pushes on them.

In the US the carrier charges the same no matter what the phone because they choose to. This is why you go into any brick and mortar store and they will push the S3 a lot quicker than the iphone 5.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:24

13. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Figured you'd post something that made no sense at all

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 18:25

28. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


but, perhaps, companies were forced to rethink wireless data plans due to high amount of usage from iphones....could be..

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:35 3

2. andro. (Posts: 1953; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its no surprise,Ifans already pay way over the top for their handsets,pay way over the top for official apple accessories and in Europe for example they pay apple for a second year warranty which is a legal free right to already have. Its no surprise that's would pay more on the bills,its all part of the apple "premium experience ".

Also due to the high price of iphones in comparison to other handsets many Ifans actually choose to go on a higher tariff simply because the phone is cheaper to buy on a higher tariff and contract

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:15 1

32. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


moral of the story is... world is a much better place without apple

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:50

3. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I completely understand. Psychological help is an expensive service these days.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:14

17. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


You're an iPhone fan too. I remember

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:27

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)


3 years ago? Sure. But definitely not now.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 12:50

25. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Yes u r dude c'mon now

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:53 6

4. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Carrier bills? You do realize that with AT&T - EVERY smartphone pays for a data plan. Depending on the customer's preference they can pick from 2 current plans, or maybe they still have one of the old plans at 15, 25, 30, which is 200MB, 2GB and unlimited. Mobile share with AT&T and VZW treats every smartphone the same.
Do not compare cost with prepaid vs postpaid.
Also, is there really a carrier that charges more because a customer has an iphone?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:03 5

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3534; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Of course there isn't. It's more blind Apple hate over something Apple doesn't even control at all.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:13

16. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Hate and jealousy.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 18:26

29. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, Mxy making sense...egads...lol.
I mean, I am first to tell everyone how overpriced the ipads and iphones are..perhaps they are to blame as maybe carriers had rethink their ideas on smartphones data plans. It really is not a big deal.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 22:58

31. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Every single carrier outside the US. Not apple hate simple apple fact.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:05 1

8. J-LoTheGreat (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Sorry but a smartphone IS a smartphone. And before anyone starts bashing me, I am not speaking in terms of features and capabilities, I am referring to what a carrier uses to determine the "data plan" There is no difference btwn an iOS/Android/Windows/Blackberry in terms of cost. Why is this even talked about???

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:18

10. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


No real surprise. I've now been with my provider for so long I've got a good contract at a dirt cheap monthly cost. My brother has an iPhone 5 and I've worked out that the amount he will spend in 2 years because of the contract for it is the total cost if I kept my contract as it is, bought an unlocked S3 and used it for 8 years!!!!!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:24

12. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


If you can afford the initial one off cost, it's far cheaper in the long run to get a cheap tariff and buy the phone unlocked.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 09:08 2

14. infinitemethod (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Unless they're factoring in phone price, this article is stupid. They all charge the same for their plans. I hate Apple and their greedy ways, but this is just untrue on every level if we're talking plans alone.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 10:50

20. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


The price of "prestige" LOL
It's because it's because most Apple apps cost money and it's opposite on Android, most apps are free!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:10 1

21. cripton805 (Posts: 921; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Aww. The comments are rificulous. As an Android fan, everyone chooses what plan they will be using when they sign up. Whether youre on an Apple, Moto, Htc, etc...

I dont "HAVE" to use my home wifi if I choose not to. Your usage patterns dictate what plans you pick. You wouldnt pick a plan with 400 minutes if you use 800 a month obviously.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:18

22. tntwit (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


One thing you will pay more for is the insurance on an iPhone.

I think this is just the insurance companies taking advantage of people simply expecting to pay more for everything when they have an iPhone.

I thought the off contract price on the iphones was fairly close to top android devices, so I'm not sure the higher rates are really justified.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:19

23. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Another example of piss-poor marketing research. Every major US carrier prices smartphones the same way: independent of operating platform. The only "advantage" of a non-iOS phone with respect to cost is its availability on carriers like MetroPCS who offer low-end phones like Huawei.

Also, I understand why they couldn't find many BB and WP users, but not basic phone users? Even in the U.S., basic phones still have a healthy cut of the market.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:30

24. phonemonkey (Posts: 163; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


GROW UP GROW UP GROW UP GROW UP

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:15

26. albie1937 (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


The reason why they pay out the ass high phone bills because Verizon and AT&T dictate the pricing plans and got rid of unlimited data, overcharge for text messaging and shared data. I have Sprint with unlimited data LTE in Charlotte and lovin it.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 17:38

27. tolatito (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


most pathetic post read the numbers there is no difference between the two.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 14:53

33. TechDork (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I pay $73.30 a month :) Unlimited Talk, Text & 3GB of data....hooray for 3rd party. Oh, and I use Verizon's network.

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