iPhone 5s Owners Using 20% More Cellular Data Than Last Year's iPhone 5 Owners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Owners of the iPhone 5s, Apple's latest flagship smartphone, are using significantly more data than iPhone 5 owners consumed last year -- twenty percent more, according to a new research report from JDSU (via TechCrunch), in what the writer of the study called an "unprecedented increase" in uplink and downlink data demands.

    The report examined data usage in both developed and developing markets, across more than a million mobile device users. iPhone 5s and fourth-generation iPad owners used the most data, with the Android-based HTC Sensation and the Sony Xperia SP coming up closely behind.
    The study also found that iPhone 5c and iPad mini owners used less data than owners of Apple's more expensive devices -- though no easily-determined causal link can be drawn to those findings.

    It noted that the top 1 percent of cellular users consume more than half of all downloaded data, with the top 10 percent of users consuming 90 percent of downloaded data. The company notes that this is broadly consistent with trends from the past two years. In addition, LTE data users, unsurprisingly, consume more data than users on slower data networks.

    Article Link: iPhone 5s Owners Using 20% More Cellular Data Than Last Year's iPhone 5 Owners
  2. arian19 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I like how this entire chart is based off the iPhone 3g
  3. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Yeah, what a great, um, baseline?

    Or maybe subjective is the word I’m looking for here...
  4. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    And all telcos worldwide are reducing their data quotas and increasing their price plans. It's madness.
  5. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
  6. JohnMantooth macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2011
    New York, NY
    No mention of Background App Refresh being a factor? I never touched my 2 GB limit until I upgraded to iOS7. Then I suddenly found myself at risk of going over for the first time ever... Flipped Background App Refresh off and I'm back to my normal data usage.
  7. regkilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2013
  8. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Comparing LTE to slower networks could be seen as misleading. Of course you download more on a faster network than a slower one.

    Wonder if there really is a link between 5S and data where usage is a signifier of a savvy user, or just someone who has a 5S.
  9. emon878 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2010
    How is it subjective? The baseline doesn't matter all. We still get to compare data usage between phones.
  10. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Just confirms what I have been feeling for a while. iOS seems to use more data for no reason a lot of the time.
  11. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Not sure you can compare other manufactures against each other's here. Doesn't each OS manage data and compression differently? I.e. HTC may handle data compression and efficiency differently than iPhone??

    Not sure if I'm off base here, just a thought. However, for the first time ever I've gone over cap once on 5s so there is surely truth here.
  12. taphil macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2007
  13. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Yes, and with higher speeds come ridiculously low data caps, especially on decent high-speed home internet connections. 100Mbps, for example, come with 50GB caps.

    Maybe on the previous-generation phones, CPU speed in itself was a limiting factor? Surely my 3GS doesn't react very fast.
  14. elmizzt macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    actually no the data doesn't confirm anything remotely close to that at all.
  15. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  16. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Probably because the 3G was the first 'modern' (in terms of telecom technology IE 3G) consumer smart phone to hit the market.
  17. doboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 6, 2007
    You know what that means. Apple is sending your fingerprint data to NSA every time you unlock.:p
  18. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    You beat me to it.:D
  19. Naaaaak macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    I'll take some stabs.
    • People use phones to do more, especially phones that are easier to use.
    • More apps used, more data used.
    • Background updates.
  20. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Enquiring minds want to know:

    Does the NSA Camera, Microphone and data spying on smartphones count against your data plan?

    Or does the Gov't pay AT&T and other carriers direct on that?


    just saying...... uncool any which way.
  21. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2011
    Significantly is right. I've gone over almost every month so I've finally upgraded to the 3GB plan from 2 and I'm only just under my limit still! Something is off here... I never went over my 2GB plan, not even once, before the 5S/iOS 7.
  22. Limboistik macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
  23. Pompiliu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
    50GB cap? My god that's low. You download a blu-ray movie and that's it. :eek:

    Thank god i have 1Gbps down and no limit as i download a lot of stuff. Last month i've downloaded almost 1.5TB: mostly bluray movies (over 30GB each) and lots of tvshows and lossless music. :)
  24. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    I think you're looking at the wrong side of the chart. :)
  25. Macbmw macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2011
    I just wonder if this data count the automatic background updates????

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