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Data Usage Chart from Validas  (Source: Consumer Reports)
Biggest iPhone users use over 1GB monthly

Apple struck a chord with competitors and consumers alike when it launched the first iPhone. The device wasn't perfect, but it sold in droves and each successive version of the iPhone has sold exceptionally well. The device is one of the most popular smartphones on the American market, despite only having one carrier.

The popularity of the iPhone and the tendency of customers to actually use the smartphone for its intended purpose means that owners tend to consumer more data bandwidth than users of other devices. In fact, AT&T has threatened in the past to charge iPhone users who consume more data than it thinks they should more money, despite the fact that iPhone data plans are said to be unlimited.

AT&T may blame the huge number of iPhones that it sells for its data woes, but the company recognizes how important the iPhone is to its bottom line. The company has pledged to improve its network and in Q1 Apple reported sales of the iPhone doubled so the number of iPhones on the AT&T network will only increase.

Consumer Reports has published the results of research that it commissioned from a company called Validas. Validas is a web firm that analyses the bills of wireless users that the customers willingly upload and the data is used for research when the providers won’t give first party numbers.

According to the data Validas provided 
Consumer Reports, the average iPhone user consumes 273MB of data per month. By comparison, the average Blackberry user only consumes 54MB of data each month. Users of other smartphones consume an average of 150MB per month. The data also showed that 12% of iPhone users gobble up 500MB per month of bandwidth and the biggest consumers of bandwidth using the iPhone use over 1GB of data per month.

Consumer Reports reached out to AT&T for first-party numbers and were turned down. An AT&T spokesperson said, "For competitive reasons, we do not disclose the usage of our iPhone customers."

The data analyzed by Validas included 757 iPhone users, 783 Blackberry users, and in total looked at 14,000 wireless users.

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biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By kattanna on 2/11/2010 10:19:00 AM , Rating: 3
and im betting the biggest use of all that iphone bandwidth is people downloading apps they will use a couple times to show off to others how "cool" their phone is.

RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Neodude007 on 2/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Inkjammer on 2/11/2010 10:28:03 AM , Rating: 3
Wait, with an accusation like that... do YOU have an iPhone?

Because yes, you can download apps over 3G - they just can't be over 10MB in size. Anything over 10MB requires a WiFi connection.

RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Zok on 2/11/2010 10:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
Beat me to it. ;)

RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Zok on 2/11/2010 10:29:57 AM , Rating: 2
Not true. If the app is below 10 MB, you CAN download on Edge/3G just fine.

RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Neodude007 on 2/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: biggest use of all that bandwidth?
By Zok on 2/11/2010 10:36:25 AM , Rating: 2
Was that way when the App Store was released for my 2G iPhone. :P

By kattanna on 2/11/2010 11:26:32 AM , Rating: 1
do i personally have an iphone?

nope. i like having a real keyboard.

but lots of my co-workers do and i have also helped out the company develop the 2 apps we have for sell on the app store, so yes i do know about it.

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