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iPhone 7.5X more likely on Wi-Fi than rivals

updated 10:55 am EST, Fri February 13, 2009

ABI on iPhone Wi-Fi

A new study from ABI Research today notes that iPhone users are much more likely to actually use their Wi-Fi than on rival devices. About 75 percent of all those who have one of Apple's phones are using their Wi-Fi "regularly," while only about 10 percent of those with HTC phones are using theirs. This comes despite 80 percent of HTC's devices having 802.11b or g built-in.

Analyst Michael Morgan believes the gap is a direct reflection of the ease of use of devices, which encourages more iPhone users to rely on Wi-Fi for Internet access. Most HTC phones run the older Windows Mobile platform, which has a less touch-friendly interface and a web browser incapable of drawing most modern websites correctly.

Separately, many handset makers take different approaches to exposing Wi-Fi: although Apple leaves Wi-Fi turned on by default and automatically switches between this and the cellular link, competitors often either leave Wi-Fi off by default or else force users to manually switch between network types.

The presence of Wi-Fi throughout the range also plays a small role. Every iPhone made to date currently has Wi-Fi. While Nokia has more Wi-Fi devices both in terms of model ranges and sheer shipment numbers, these make up only a small fraction of Nokia's total phone range, according to ABI. As such, users can't take Wi-Fi for granted in most cases.

Carriers and standards groups have also contributed to reduced use of Wi-Fi. Many carriers are looking to use femtocells to extend calling and 3G data into the home rather than use Wi-Fi calling features like T-Mobile's HotSpot Calling or Rogers' TalkSpot, which are cheaper to run. The IEEE has been slow to formalize standards for VoIP calling, while many carriers often try to block or discourage Internet calls.

Wi-Fi is still seen as a potential help for carriers, which can use it as a way to soften the impact of smartphone data on the cellular network or to give users at least data access in buildings where cellular reception is poor.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. urapns

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    WiFi

    Had a buddy visit a few weeks ago, his N95 Nokia had Wifi that he had never used. I gave him the 40 digit key and it would only let him input 39. Guess it's only going to work on open access points.

  1. IxOsX

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    Easy Wifi and Easy Browse

    iPhone wins all the competition for two main reasons:

    1) Wifi on iPhone works very well and with good capture of packages. All other devices have several problems on having a stable wifi and usually also suffer from a quick drain battery life while on wifi.

    2) The browsing on a iPhone is very easy and very similar with a computer browsing experience. Never seen a better device to navigate on internet.

    Before the iPhone 3G, I had several Windows Mobile Devices and a Nokia N95. So I know what make me use so much the wifi to browse internet or download data. With my older devices almost never used wifi. Was to hard!!!

  1. UberFu

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    MacNN you did it again!

    Shooting yourself in the foot with your own articles seems like a Service Mark for you.

    "80% of HTCs devices have built-in wireless"

    Last I check ALL iPhones (and by the by there has only been 1 model of the iphone available fro purchase - officially from Apple) come witth built-in wireless-G. This means 100%.

    So right off the bat - your statistics are c*** ! Especially when you are comparing ALL of HTCs or Nokia's product lines to the one and only phone product that Apple offers. Baseless comparison.

    Also - when I first bought my iPhone I had to enable WiFi for the first time when I pulled it out of the box and turned it on.

    Slow news day - huh?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    uberfu, you did it again

    Uberfu. It's called 'comprehension'. Look it up.

    A new study from ABI Research today notes that iPhone users are much more likely to actually use their Wi-Fi than on rival devices.

    Right off the bat, we get what the premise of the story is. Hmm, that's odd, a good introductory statement.

    About 75 percent of all those who have one of Apple's phones are using their Wi-Fi "regularly,"

    Wow, good numbers. Of all iPhone users, 75% of them use Wi-fi regularly. I wonder how this compares to other phones, like the HTC?

    while only about 10 percent of those with HTC phones are using theirs.

    Wow, check it out. That's a really small percentage of users who use Wi-Fi. Although, it really is meaningless because who knows, maybe only 10% of HTC phones come with Wi-Fi! Man, talk about bad reporting!

    What? You mean there's more?

    This comes despite 80 percent of HTC's devices having 802.11b or g built-in.

    Oh. So that answers that.

  1. testudo

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    Wait, there's more!

    Last I check ALL iPhones (and by the by there has only been 1 model of the iphone available fro purchase - officially from Apple) come witth built-in wireless-G. This means 100%.

    Um, Apple has sold two different iPhones, the 1st gen and the 2nd gen (3G model).

    So, based off of that, your arguments are --- not quite right on---

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