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Do Androids Use More Data Than iPhones?

Steven Blum
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Cisco has calculated that the average Android eats 38% more megabytes per month per user than an iPhone. The number has risen in recent years – though no one was sure why until now. 

Business Insider has printed analyst Arielle Sumit's explanation for the rise in Android's data charges. Here's what she has to say:

"Approximately 70% of the traffic generated by an iPhone is over Wi-Fi and 30% is mobile, while on an Android smartphone, about 45% is over Wi-Fi and 55% is mobile. The reasons why iPhone may offload more traffic might include: (1) iPhones automatically revert to Wi-Fi if available (most Android phones do now too, but it varies), (2) iPhone users may watch more video and download more apps than Android users, and video consumption and app downloading tends to take place in a stationary environment where Wi-Fi is likely to be available."

You get that? It's the media, stupid. Android owners are more apt to surf the web than their iPhone owning friends because iPhone owners are too busy watching videos they downloaded from iTunes.

Does that sound right to you, though? I'm not sure. I think Android owners like watching videos on their phones just as much as the next guy. That said, I certainly think WiFi could be better baked into Android. My GNex is getting worse and worse at picking up WiFi; not sure why. Maybe I end up using more data because my phone doesn't automatically connect to open WiFi networks.

How much data do you use every month? Do you think you could be using WiFi more often?

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  • Ranjeesh Mar 4, 2013 Link

    WiFi is available mostly in sophisticated homes and offices, so do iPhones. But there are millions of budget android users out there who are always on the road rather than offices with WiFi. This is the situation at least in my country.

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  • sachin Mar 4, 2013 Link

    I'm using galaxy note......and my average mobile data usage is between 4 and 5 GB......i seldom use wifi ....many of the Android apps connect to the net automatically in the background.....you kill them once but after a while they again connect to the net......this could also be a reason for high data usage in most cases.....though my usage is high as I watch lots of HQ video and stream online music.....

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  • sachin Mar 4, 2013 Link

    @ rajneesh...that's a snobbish point to make (for I phone users)'..........however the point is definitely a very valid one....

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  • Dvoraak Mar 5, 2013 Link

    I agree with sachin completely. If this "research" doesn't reference the differences in app handling by iOS and Android, I doubt it's worth reading at all.

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  • James Robinson Mar 5, 2013 Link

    I use about 20-25gb a month on my gnex, i good chunk of that is from streaming Netflix while in traffic. I am about 90% mobile 10% wifi.

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