Smartphones and Data Usage: Poll results

Smartphones and Data Usage: Poll results
Last week we posted an article on the current situation with smartphones and data usage, and at the end of it, we asked you how much data you use in a month. Voting is now closed and we have a sample of just over a thousand people who decided to share their rough monthly data usage.

So, are PhoneArena visitors data junkies who use their smartphones to constantly stream movies, music, surf the web, etc. or are they instead cautious of their online ventures, sticking with data-compressing browsers like Opera Mini, in order to minimize that potentially unhealthy bill at the end of the month?

It turns out you guys are pretty balanced, with most of you consuming between 2 and 5 gigabytes per month. The second-largest group consists of some slightly more economic individuals, who rarely surpass the 2GB barrier, but don't miss the chance to enjoy at least 1 GB of data. Right after that comes the third major group with their significantly humbler usage of up to 1 GB.

Those of you who regularly cross the 5 GB+ border are still relatively few, but we expect this group to grow, with faster data networks and more data-hungry services being on top of carriers' and developers' to-do lists.



1. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

With data caps and data throttling there should be less data-hungry services in the future. In some circumstances... If you stream from the cloud, you have already paid for the music, you're paying for the cloud service, and your paying for additional data access (if you stream too much). On top of your monthly carrier bill. Handsets with greater storage capacity is the better route. Not everyone has instant access to their bandwidth at all times. I actually go places and do things. Storage on a handset is far more important than the "cloud" that isn't always there.

2. freddie

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

The need for smarter data plans is necessary...i got a plan @beigephone that allows me to save money on my data plan

3. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Android phones are like hogs - consume everything in sight.

4. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Yea and that's why Apple loves unlimited data plans so much isn't it?

5. Smartinez718 unregistered

I work for a major dealer here in the US and we have Demo's on Both Android as well as Apple. Both platforms consume data to fully use most of there functions. And that is a question of how the app was written and how it handles data not the OS. This will hold true for WebOs as well as Windows Mobile.

6. jmo76 unregistered

So when Apple brings it's cloud services online, it won't consume data? Now that would be magical! I just don't get iphone users. When they thought they were consuming the most data it showed what their phones could do. When they found out that android phones consumed more data, android phones are now data hogs and that's a bad thing. So which is it?

7. mannyfs

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

its neither, pure jealousy iPhones are better though, otherwise people wouldnt be hating on them and they would stop immitating. now im just waiting for a phone company who stops using touchscreens and start using mindscreens or something, give me something new!

9. DigitalMD2 unregistered

How about this, carriers should stop subsidizing advertising that masquerades as blogs, reviews and magazines and pass the savings on to the consumer. And stop charging the consumer per data byte for force feeding us more advertising.

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