The iPhone was as much of a revolution to carrier networks as it was to consumers -- it was the first phone that gave users a reason to wirelessly gobble data, and that was before "there's an app for that" became a colloquialism. According to an upcoming study, though, Verizon smartphones now take the data consumption crown.
Validas, a wireless bill service provider for consumers, businesses, and government agencies, recently finished an analysis of more than 20,000 consumer wireless bills collected between January and May 2010. According to its study, due to be published September 1, Verizon Wireless smartphones consumed an average of 421MB per month versus the iPhone's 338MB per month. Validas compares general "smartphones" from Verizon Wireless to just AT&T's iPhone, though the majority of Verizon Wireless's data consumption is probably coming from the growth of Android devices.
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Validas revealed a number of other interesting statistics in a press release. For example, there are slightly more Verizon Wireless smartphone owners who use less than 200MB per month (a bar that AT&T set when it switched to tiered data pricing in June) than iPhone owners -- 54 percent versus 52 percent, respectively. Interestingly, a handful of both Verizon Wireless smartphone users and AT&T iPhone users consume "no data" over their networks in a given month -- 3.4 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. Perhaps these users are lucky enough to live around truly ubiquitous Wi-Fi.
While iPhone users edged out Verizon Wireless smartphone users for consuming more than 200MB each month (48 and 46 percent, respectively), Verizon Wireless smartphone users hit the network the hardest when it comes to "power user" territory. Nearly twice as many Verizon Wireless smartphone users (or 11 percent) consume 500MB to 1GB each month, and more than twice as many (four percent) use more than 2GB per month.