Apple iPhone users consume more Wi-Fi than PC owners do

Apple iPhone users consume more Wi-Fi than PC owners do
Meraki, a company that provides "cloud networking" to its clients, recently studied Wi-Fi usage and discovered that this year, those using the Apple iPhone are consuming more Wi-Fi than users of Windows 7/Vista PCs. That a smartphone beat out a PC in Wi-Fi usage really shouldn't be too much of a surprise because these days, every smartphone released now offers a Wi-Fi connection. The last major smartphone that was launched without Wi-Fi was the BlackBerry Storm. At the time, RIM felt that Storm users didn't need Wi-Fi with Verizon's speedy Ev-Do rev. A network running data on the phone. It didn't take long for the complaints from BlackBerry Storm users to reach the ears of RIM executives who added Wi-Fi  to the sequel model of the phone.

Apple iPhone users consumed a whopping 32% of Wi-Fi used so far this year, up from 25% of the total used last year. Windows 7/Vista PC owners were a distant second with users responsible for 16% of Wi-Fi use this year, off from the 25% reading in 2010. The next smartphone platform is Android, coming in with 11% of Wi-Fi users. That ties them with users of the Apple iPod, also with 11%. One important note, the number of Wi-Fi using Android owners increased sharply from accounting for a minuscule 1% of all Wi-Fi users.

This year, smartphones are expected to account for half of all cellphones in use. With this trend expected to continue, and with the rolling out of more tablets, PCs and Macs will continue to see their share of Wi-Fi usage shrink. By the way, in case you are wondering, the report shows that the most data-intensive device of all is the Apple iPad which consumes an average of 200MB per month.

source: GIGaom via  IntoMobile


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  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
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iPad 2
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1. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

That's because before Verizon, iPhone users had sucky coverage and needed to connect with WiFi. Just the truth At&t people. :p

2. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

that doesnt even make sense especially considering they are being ironic in calling verizon's old network speedy.

9. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

And they have crappy data plans as well. Must really suck to have a mobile phone that you can't use internet with unless there's a WIFI signal around!

15. SomeGuy unregistered

Dude, VZW has unlimited data. Last I checked, they carry the iPhone. A smart phone is a smart phone and the data plans are the same for WP7, Android, iPhone, and Blackberry... Across the board.

16. SomeGuy unregistered

It's an interesting article that shows the tendancy for people to use handheld mobile devices over laptops. I wish they would have included Android in the article, but I see what they are doing. It's more impressive to say that iOS alone is more popular on WIFI than laptops. The times are changing.

3. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

this comparison doesn't even make sense. So you're saying a iPhone device is using more wi-fi than a PC..Aren't most PCs hardlinked to a LAN cable for faster speeds than going wireless? Also who's more likely to hop onto the wifi at a coffee place or McDonalds? Someone carrying a laptop or someone who wants to do a quick search on their iOS device rather than use up the usage of their AT&T data plan..Some of these studies are the most idiotic things I've ever read about.

4. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Hey didja know: the iPhone screen is the most touched touchscreen? It's the most charged phone. It's the most answered phone. It's the choice of the most pretentious. Now take all this knowledge and go change the world!

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

makes sense, when you have limited data plans, you gotta use wifi to not burn through your limit.

6. iBlowjob unregistered

Nerds... Nerds... Nerds... Calm down..


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i have 4g i dont need wifi

8. jojo1 unregistered

That's because most iPhone are on att s**tty network so they have to use WiFi. Dug! Why are these sites putting out information that's totally irelvant to the users. It Hoss to tell you erroneous data. When I ask people why there by a smartphone thy say because of email. Email? Is the resonance I buy an iphone? If people had brains they wouldn't by smartphone of any brand.

10. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

What this article is basically saying is that: iPhone users can't use the web UNLESS THERE'S A WIFI SIGNAL NEARBY! That sucks to have a mobile phone that you can't use mobile internet on!

11. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

iPhone users are going to thumb you down to no end because it's true. 50% of my friends that have iPhones are on T-Mobile. 65% of my friends that have iPhones don't even have data plans. When I asked them why even bother getting a smartphone without any data, their response are always along the lines of "I can just use wifi wherever I go." It's quite sad for me to see people with smartphones and no data. It defeats the purpose of a smartphone.

12. Mr.Obvious unregistered

65% of your friends are lying to you because you cant have an iphone or any smartphone on an account unless you also get a data package. served.

13. mfrapp20

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

@Mr.Obvious that's completely untrue. You can have a smartphone on an account without a data plan. Just buy the phone at full price, pop in a SIM card, and there you go. Dumbass, do some research

14. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Won't popping in a SIM card alert the carrier that a new device has been activated on the acct and auto-add the necessary features? No dis, but your logic seems flawed?

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not really, friends of mine have phones and no data plans, you just have to add the sim and its solved

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Depends on the carrier I guess then.

19. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

wow.....I use wifi because its there not because my network sucks........

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