Here's the amount of data used by the average U.S. subscriber

Here's the amount of data used by the average U.S. subscriber
We all know that mobile data usage is skyrocketing these days, but haven't you wondered exactly how much data gets consumed by a customer on average? Well, thanks to a Nielsen report, we now know the answer. And it's 42.

No, just kidding. According to Nielsen's survey, based on over 65,000 users, the average U.S. subscriber is using about 450 MB of data per month, with this number representing data usage for the first quarter of this year. It's not a small number, but not that high either. Still, things are no doubt progressing rapidly, as in Q1 of 2011, mobile users have consumed just 208 MB on average per month.

It should be noted that this survey doesn't separate smartphone from feature phone users, though. But with the super-high smartphone penetration in the U.S., feature phones will be playing a smaller and smaller role in the future. On the other hand we can imagine that the average PhoneArena user consumers significantly more than the said 450 MB. What do you think? How much data do you typically use each month?

FEATURED VIDEO

44 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I fluctuate between 3 - 4 Gb/month.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wish there was a way to determine how much is based on e-mail (including attachments) vs. web surfing. VZW just gives a total data number.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Damn someone doesn't like you. You were only talking about your data. lol I am with you I use about 4GB of data because I tether with my Prime more & more each month. I may be at 5GB this month. Ohh I am on VZW also. +1

39. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

ya i don't tether but i still use 2-4 gigs a month. (streaming music is awesome)

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If you use Verizon's app I'm pretty sure it doesn't count. If you have ICS (probably not since you call yourself "Droid X") you can use the data manager and if not you can download one from the play store, although they aren't that accurate.

17. Aeires unregistered

If you own an Android, ICS and JB does that. All you need do is go into the settings and select the data usage area, it breaks down data by specific apps.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yer sir, you are 100% correct. +1 to you too

31. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

ICS will tell you under the Data Usage section of the phone settings. You can see how much data youve consumed on the mobile network or wifi and it displays the data usage for each app as well.

28. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Jesus I don't really think I'm on the phone that much, but I use at least 5GB lol.

43. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

You must have Sprint. I agree with you. I think this survey was based on 65,000 old people that dont know what an internet is. Also if the survey was based on Verizon customers, then it will definatley be low since data is mad expensive with VZ and it discourages you from using it. When you have unlimited you will stream netflix in bed without caring about wifi conection.

2. nadar.bsm

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

hurray..... again first...!!!! I am from India... so I basically opt for GPRS plan rather than 3G... I have a Aircel & Loop connection... with Aircel Pocket internet connection I use unlimited GPRS data on my mobile so never got to mesure the limit... but typically I may use 2-2.5GB/month ..... Most of my friends also use the same data usage.....

5. nadar.bsm

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

s**t missed the first...!!!! :( :( :( .... lolzzzz

4. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well look at that...I'm above average. :)

29. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

That's not what she said. =P

6. script_writer

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

since upgrading to a 'all-you-can-eat' data plan back in march, im now consuming about 5-7GB a month. Most of it being used for media streaming. Samsung Gnex, Three Mobile, UK

40. script_writer

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

44. script_writer

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

my allowance reset last night. last month i used a surprisingly small amount of data for me. 4.79GB

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I use somewhere between 3 and 13GB a month. So glad I still have unlimited data. I'd like to see what the average smartphone user uses because I dont think I know anyone that uses less than a gig a month

8. script_writer

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

You'd be surprised acturlly. Many of the carriers in the UK only offer 500MB a month. ive been known to use that in a day. I think data limits are wrong anyway. Either have truely unlimited (no fair usage bollocks) data or none at all.

10. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

yeah, that's a phony number because you include people with voice only phones. The big boys love for you to use that false information so they can bang it to the smart phone subscribers and laugh all the way to the bank. Also, when will they stop double charging for ads in your data stream. Users should not be dinged for data transfer of advertising material that they are forced to consume.

11. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I don't stream much - though there was the time I was streaming a sports broadcast to keep hubby awake while driving home late from a one-day trip. I've been trying to lower my data consumption, with the idea of changing carriers and plans and saving some dough. Between wi-fi and HTC pass-through, turning off most background synch and creating SMS notifications for a number of things, I've knocked it way down, but I don't think I've ever managed to suck up more than about 2.5 gig in a month. The SMS notifications are enough to let me know if I want to check the whole email or whatever, and that works for me. To get any reliable information, it needs to come from the carriers in the form of a graph - and I'm betting they aren't really willing to share that. A lot of people are paying for more data than they actually use, probably because of the way plans are structured, and the fear of overage charges.

13. SGSII

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I have used almost 4gb this month. Thank you, unlimited data from Sprint!!

14. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

4-5GB...per month...thanx 2 Bharati Airtel...From India...:)

15. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i think WiFi helps alot with determining this average. i'm on sprint and the service sucks in my area so i'm constantly on wifi... when i'm at work i barely use my phone because the data is basically not available to use.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If i still have my UNLIMITED DATA you will see HOW MUCH i would stream videos on my phone. now i have to be careful how much i use my data

18. iamkrishna

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I use around 15 GB data per month

19. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I use about 1 GB a week but that is because I use the mobile hotspot feature for my iPad. If I did not use that feature, I think I would be well under 1 GB for a month.

21. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I use more than 3GB a month...and thank AT&T for reducing the speed after that, I love you! :-/

22. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

So if the majority by a long shot are using a measly 450mb why don't they calm the eff down on the 2-4giggers, geez... Throttling probably should happen till at least 5gb+

23. joeyrushlow

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

I'm usually around 2-2.5 gb on 3g and using the 4g anywhere from 2gb to 30gb in a month. Sprints awesome lol

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.