Android smartphone users consumed twice as much data as Apple iPhone users at the end of last year, according to the latest data.
Back in 2011, a report by Nielsen said that Android phone users have somewhat higher data consumption than iPhone users in America. The latest data from Alekstra reveals that Finnish Android phone users have consumed twice as much data as iPhone users in the month of November 2012.
In November 2012, Android owners consumed about 2.07GB while Apple iPhone users consumed 1.05GB of mobile data monthly.
The report also says that Android users are likely to be younger than iPhone users. This could be the reason why more handsets are used outside home WiFi sphere and more video streaming services are availed adding to the data consumption. Meanwhile, the pricing for monthly data package by operators to Android smartphone often differ from iPhone packages and this could be another important factor.
Android smartphone owners have notably lower usage rates than iPhone owners in mobile voice and SMS consumption. The iPhone owner SMS consumption is dropping at a rapid rate, though; from 90 messages per month at the beginning of 2012 to below 70 messages a month at the end of the year. The Android smartphone owners have already gone down to 50 SMS per month level.
It is possible that Android owners use cross-platform messaging and video-sharing applications that undermine both voice calls and text-messaging. Whereas iPhone users have a dedicated application for texting, file-sharing and video system to avoid SMS charges when communicating with other iPhone owners (just like BlackBerry BBM messaging service).
The statistics of Alekstra was based on compiling random samples of more than thousand Ratemizer application users on Android and iPhone smartphones. The Ratemizer application helps smartphone user to lower their mobile bills by analyzing their voice, data and SMS consumption patterns and it is available on both Google Play and iTunes.
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