Android smartphone users average 870 MB of downloads over cellular

Android smartphone users average 870 MB of downloads over cellular
The average Android smartphone user downloads around 870MB over cellular a month, according to the latest research by NPD. It’d come as no surprise that 18 to 24 year olds download the most over cellular data at 1.05GB (and we’d suspect games for that, of course). Elderly people over the age of 55 used only 750MB a month, the least of all age groups.

Downloads over Wi-Fi amount to more than double the cellular average at nearly 2.5GB monthly. And over Wi-Fi the 25 to 34 age group was the most active one downloading some 3.1 gigs a month.

That’s, of course, good news for carriers who wouldn’t want data hogs on their brand new 4G LTE networks and are launching various initiatives to encourage users to download stuff over Wi-Fi.

NPD’s data comes from 1,000 smartphones with installed SmartMeter software, and soon a similar data set will show how much data iPhone users spend.

How much data did you use last month? You can easily check on Android (after 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) by going into Settings and then jumping into Data Usage.

source: Fierce Wireless



1. StephenEIop

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Oh well... I took an average of 6GB per month on my Lumia 900. It cost me 10 USD for 12GB of data per month right now

16. No_Nonsense unregistered

3G data in India costs ~$5/GB on my carrier in India.

20. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

whoa. i pay about $17 for 6GB

21. No_Nonsense unregistered

BlackBerry's data plans are frigging cheap here in India. $10 to $15 for unlimited 3G and $8 for unlimited 2G.

2. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

mine 24GB for ONE MONTH!!! but only on wifi

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

this month 2,4 GB cellular 5,1 GB wifi sgs3, 25yo

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I typically use around 10-15 GB monthly on cellular

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm only a week into my billing cycle and already passed the 7GB mark for mobile data. On Wi-Fi? 8.76GB.

18. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

ya im only 10 days into my billing cycle and i have already used 17 gigs on 3G

6. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Stop downloading porn!! ;-)

17. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Who are you to dictate how I use the data that I'm paying for?

7. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

no, i downloading comic. it had me 6gb for only 50k a month for 512mb fair use @50Kbps then when 512mb reached, speed drops for just only average 10Kbps, but, heck! i just continued downloading untill the ends of month periods.

8. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

sorry, KBps (Kilo Bytes per Second) not Kbps (Kilo Bits per Second)

9. ilia1986 unregistered

I got unlimited calls\texts + 5GB for 33$ a month. Its great to finally have an Android superphone and not be limited to the RIDICULOUS limit of 50MB per download from Apple.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I gobble up those same 870MB every day surfing the pages of Phonearena and that's just on one device. We all know that my all time record was 35GB on my original DROID RAZR; now I have the DROID RAZR MAXX so I hope to top that!

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I've used over 5 Gbs since september 21st. If you're not using your data then I will :D hahaha

12. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I used 1.6GB over cellular I used 3 times as much over WI-fi I sometimes use cellular for updating my various apps but mainly for business things like email and communication with other people.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Lemme' guess: iPhone?

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

No, I have an HTC Thunderbolt. And I look forward to that Galaxy Note II; should help with the productivity.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Say it aint' so????! I resold my Thunderbolt after two weeks, what a major disappointment (but, not as bad as an iPhone/iOS disappointment - but, close). Can't wait for the GNote II myself; I still have oooopsy stains from yesterday's pre-announcement of the announcement October 24 aka Android Christmas (Chanukah if you're a Jewish friend).

19. TechPsycho

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

Data that is used more for games hahaha that wa funny. Most of those will use it to watch X rated stuff.

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