updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed July 28, 2010
Verizon hits stereotype of iPhones using more data
Verizon smartphone owners may ultimately use more data than their supposedly more aggressive iPhone-using counterparts at AT&T, Validas discovered. Despite stereotypes, those with Droids and other Verizon devices use about 25 percent more 3G data on average, chewing about 428MB per month where an iPhone owner uses 338MB. Very frequent users are also much more common: 11 percent of Verizon users consume between 500MB and 1GB of data where half as many (5.6 percent) iPhone users do the same.
Apple's device has an edge in the minimum amount of data used, as slightly more use over 200MB of data, but Verizon can claim more use at the extreme, as four percent use 2GB or more per month where just 1.6 percent of iPhone owners are as eager.
The approach suggests that Android owners are even more likely to use their 3G connections and that Verizon may be better prepared for the possibility of a CDMA iPhone as its network can already cope with a large number of frequent users. The Droid line still trails the iPhone in terms of absolute users, but Verizon already has millions of Android phone owners and has yet to see a significant bandwidth crisis where AT&T has had trouble in key cities for over two years.
Validas' metrics deliberately omit BlackBerry owners, as RIM's dependence on compressing all data makes it difficult to see the effect of heavy use.