Apple iPhone 5s users are consuming data like there's no tomorrow

Apple iPhone 5s users are consuming data like there's no tomorrow
A study done by JDSU reveals that users of the Apple iPhone 5s are consuming huge amounts of data. The study looks at data used last year in developed and developing markets, and computes how much data each phone used in comparison with a mid-range benchmark model. That model is the Apple iPhone 3G, and the amount of data it consumed last year is the benchmark used to measure the data demanded by all other handsets.

With that in mind, the Apple iPhone 5s was the workhorse of data fiends in 2013. Compared to the iPhone 3G, the latest flagship handset from Apple downloaded nearly 7 times the amount of data per user last year in Developed Markets. In Developing Markets, iPhone 5s users used more than 20 times the amount of data as the benchmark phone. According to the study, iPhone 5s users are quite a hungry lot when it comes to downloading data, which resulted in "unprecedented increases in uplink and downlink data demands".

The top Android model for receiving downloads in developed markets was the HTC Sensation, which downloaded 641% times the data per user as the benchmark model. In developing markets, the top Android unit was the Samsung Galaxy S4 (1327%). When it comes to tablets, the fourth generation Apple iPad (651%) led the way in developed markets, while its predecessor was the top tablet in developing regions with 15 times the downloads per user as the benchmark device.


Six of the top ten data consumers on the list were made by Apple, two by Samsung, one each by HTC and Sony. Check out the results in the slideshow below.


source: JDSU via TechCrunch

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27 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC Sensation? God I hated that phone.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

For the record PA, that's another bait title used just for hits. The second half of the article notes other smart phones on top of the photo at the end. This site is becoming sad.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

See... Unnecessary.. That's you... very, very, very sad...

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"The top Android model for receiving downloads in developed markets was the *****HTC Sensation,***** which downloaded 641% times the data per user as the benchmark model." First sentence of the third paragraph, in case you missed it. You keep trying but fail in the process.

14. willard12 unregistered

Remember back in the days when you saw and commented on an article that said Android users consume more data because Android is inefficient at running apps. Now, an article shows the iphone consumes more data and that's because "it's a workhorse for data fiends." One side=inefficient, other side = workhorse. http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-average-Android-phone-consumes-more-data-per-month-than-an-Apple-iPhone-or-Windows-Phone_id50832

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't even pay attention to him. Microsoft is waving paper money in front of him to promote WP.

25. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

This is the Pro-Apple paradox rule 1) Apple and their products can do no wrong 2)Someone else doing what Apple's products do or are going to do is copying 3) If Apple is not currently doing it, it is bad and should not be done 4) If Apple is now doing what was derided in rule 3, it is now good but only for Apple and their products 5)...etc.

26. willard12 unregistered

I see. So, smart watches and large screens are bad...until Apple makes them....even though the Apple versions will likely have fewer features. And though fingerprint scanners, auto complete, slide to unlock, and gold - colored devices have existed for years, if you did it after Apple, you're a copier. I'm learning.

22. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

why aren't you banned yet?

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

*shifty eyes* what? noway

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Funny thing is that I use less than half the data since I've moved to my 1520 from my 920... Do devices really differ that much?

6. Dastrix unregistered

Data Sense is awesome! Saves so much data!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Chrome actually is super light on data, especially after the new update. Thank god I don't have to worry about data caps anymore.

21. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

What is chrome?

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google Chrome, the web browser?

7. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

So the benchmark, the iPhone 3G, is it the only 3G and not 4G phone in this lineup?! I'm not sure about all of them, but pretty sure. If that's the case, the study makes no sense.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

3G vs. 4G/LTE... Obviously a LTE device is going to consume more data than a 3G device, which really makes this study worth moot. Web traffic thirst is real.

11. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

But 2gb sounds sooooo reasonable, right Verizon?

12. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I know my iPad 4 uses 2-3x more data doing exactly same stuff as I was on my moto tablet. No one seems to be able to answer why this is so either.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Breakdown please? Is this from Safari? iTunes/App Store? App/game data? NSA?

15. gnotch

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

on a t-mobile unlimited plan how can you not? lol

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Already at 18GB this month. ;)

24. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

18GB!? I take it wifi isn't an option for you?

18. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

my note 3 eats up more data then all that combine lol....

19. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

"Typical naive iPhone users are consuming data like there's no tomorrow" come on PA, lets make a better story title.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's that new NSA app everyone has.

27. shiv179

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

It's all those dozen iOS 7 updates!

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