Despite having a reputation as big mobile data hogs, iPhone users actually consume less data on average than Android users according to a study from Validas, a company that analyzes wireless bills for consumers.
At 344 MB per month, AT&T iPhone users consume 71% of the mean Verizon smartphone user (primarily Google Android) at 485 MB.
Well, recall that AT&T has been bombarded with criticism for iPhone network performance, and with cause. Note also that AT&T’s network is somewhat faster than Verizon’s.
My crystal ball is seeing much gnashing of teeth and blog commentary in early 2011 as the years-long wait for a Verizon iPhone turns out to rapidly become a big disappointment. Those Verizon buyers are quite likely to see network performance somewhere between as bad as and considerably worse than iPhone users on AT&T. To which AT&T customers say, “Welcome to the club!”
Or have I got it reversed? The other reading of the skimpy data is that geeky Android users pig out on data much more than iPhone users. If so, Verizon will have a dicey data pricing decision to make, with the scales tipped towards “use less or pay a lot more” in order to conserve wireless network bandwidth.
And just think, come January, AT&T and Verizon customers will both be able to bitch about their networks. Makes for conversation.