iPhone Encouraging Mobile Data Usage

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An FT.com article reports on findings from O2's recent launch of the iPhone in the UK.

    One interesting statistic that was revealed was that 60% of U.K. iPhone users are sending or receiving more than 25 MB of data a month. This information alone is difficult to interpret, but O2's chief appears to believe that this represents a large increase in mobile data usage.

    They try to compare it to the usage amongst non-iPhone O2 users (only 1.8% of other O2 customers use > 25MB/mo), but this is unhelpful as the iPhone would tend to draw a more data-centric audience. And many phones have no data-options available to them, but would also be counted in that percentage.

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  2. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    well i know i use more data with my iPhone then before. in fact, i used basically 0 data before my iPhone. (had a razr)
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I use a ton more data than I used before the iPhone. My text message count has gone up, and my internet usage has skyrocketed. Plus, I've never had email on my cell like I do now. The iPhone has very much changed the way I use a cell.
  4. simon.robin macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2007
    At Home
    Seems fairly obvious to me.
    Email capabilities - No MMS send pics etc through email.
    No games stored on iphone all have to be played online.

    Everyones just got a new toy so of course the are going to go mental and try everything thing out.

    see what the stats are like in a few months time when peeps are more used to it.

    I love mine and can sit for hours surfing in the house rather than go upstairs and use the PC.
  5. Yuppi macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    I see your problem. You are using a PC ;) With the sleep mode working so perfect in Macs I don't think I would use it too often in house except for remoting the dreambox which is very geeky..

    Other than that, I really hope to get my iPhone soon. It served well for price comparisons in the christmas shopping time. And it just feels amazing..
  6. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    25mb/mo. Psssssshhhh... try 200mb/mo avg. so far.

    This is a good sign because it will force providers to scale their data packages and make them more affordable. Specifically Canada.
  7. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Nah, I find myself using my iPhone over my MBP in bed in the mornings to check the latest internet stuff. it's practically as fast as the MBP for page loading, and it's so much more convenient to hold in the hand than have to sit up and have the laptop Bakelite itself to the covers/my lap.

    we're in the car driving back from the beach in port aransas, TX now. browsing macrumors at 60mph. I love the iPhone!
  8. maestro55 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2005
    Goat Farm in Meridian, TX
    No doubt the browser on the iPhone beats the current options out there are on other phones. Even the mobile version of Opera is very poorly designed compared Safari on the iPhone. I know that I am using 100MB+ now with my iPhone, it is nice to surf while out and about without taking my MacBook or ThinkPad considering that most of what I like to check mobile is the news and weather the iPhone is perfect for that.
  9. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    100% in agreement with you here. BUt i love it. Great phone, cant wait till mobile iChat :D;)
  10. jonny macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    Amen to that. I used 8mb last month. :confused:
  11. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    And got charged $80 probably.:rolleyes:
  12. jonny macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    actually i kept it under my 10mb for $5 limit... so I was ok, but it would sure be nice to be able to surf some h.264 pr0n inthe bathroom at work... :D
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Amen to that. Poor Canadians. :(

    I'd guess I'd use somewhat more data on an iPhone than I use on my BB, although not that much. My BB was initially around 20 or 30MB a month because of app downloads and things, but it's settled down to more like 5 or 6MB of data, almost exclusively e-mail.

    From what I've used of the iPhone's browser and web apps, I'd use them more than I use the BB equivalents, but probably only for a few extra megs a month.

    But in general, anything that normalizes data services and makes pricing competitive for them will be a good thing for us as consumers. As using a cell for a large call volume became common, carriers drastically improved the effective cost per minute in most countries. Hopefully as data becomes a reality for common people, it will become more affordable also. :)
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Was this report from the Department of Redundancy Department? Of course the iPhone promotes greater data use. It comes with an unlimited data plan plus many of the users had no data plan on their previous phones.

    In other news, rain clouds produce rain.
  15. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Besides which, it's the only phone which actually makes it a pleasant experience to surf the web, so of course it's going to encourage data use.
  16. Xtoo macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Valencia, CA
    I agree. The iPhone is the only phone that really got me to make the jump to smart phones. I looked at all the -at the time- available phones and hated them all. I liked none of them. Period.

    Then the iPhone comes out and BAM!!!! bought it the first day. I have to say that I have not stopped using it and has really ease a lot of troubles in life including bank transfers, maps, traffic, biz email, web research and so on.

    Definitely an increase from 0 to 50Mb data in less than 6 months for me.
    And thank God I disposed of the hideous Razr!!!!
  17. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    This just in, mouse encourages computer usage. More at 11.
  18. Manj27 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    FT article: iphone users using much more data than 3G handsets

    Interesting bit of research undertaken on behalf of O2 - and no doubt meeting with Steve Jobs shortly before Macworld may mean that rumours of Apple announcing positive iphone numbers at the event may be true...... another interesting bit fro the article is the comment relating to 3G based N95 users significantly using less data than 2G iphone users.....

  19. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2006
    Data services at a sane cost i.e. fixed rate and unlimited = Good

    "...unlock billions in mobile advertising..." = Not on my phone you don't.

    Decent browser/mail + close to sane mobile data charges = People use it.

    Calling Captain Obvious!

    Captain Obvious! Please pick up the green courtesy phone!

    As opposed to the obscene rates O2 was charging its customers before the iPhone came out. Plus the above 55 pounds also included calls, texts, and Cloud WiFi access. In a month of usage, I would have been paying way more than 55 pounds if O2 had not been forced to adopt a more reasonable flat rate model similar to that T-mobile already were providing.

    How? Are they going to spam my e-mail? Are they going to insert advertising on every web page I browse? Cold calling? People are not going to stand for this kind of rubbish.

    I have not found it to be a significant limitation.

    Ahhh... See, the key here is that the iPhone, from a technical standpoint, is not anything that revolutionary. However Apple's true genius is in interface design and integration. The iPhone and iPods "lack" features found on similar devices, but the interface makes what is left far more usable. So people use them. A lot. And like it.

    If nothing else, succeed or fail, Apple have given the mobile phone industry a major kick up the backside. In the end everybody - even those who never touch an iPhone - are going to benefit.
  20. aridon macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2007
    An awesome browser that renders a million times better than the other crap on the market will do that.

    Once the mobile OS developers copy it i might ditch as that is pretty much the primary reason i even use the phone. Most else can be done better on WM IMO.
  21. Glenny2lappies macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2006
    Brighton, UK
    At last the mobile device has a decent front end; is it a surprise that people are using it on the go? And given that the (massively overpriced) contract includes unlimited data usage... this story should be filed under "no sh*t Sherlock".

    Journalists eh!
  22. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2006
    Mt Brook, AL
    I use my iPhone in a totally different manor than my old Razr. I send and receive e-mail, check movie times, get directions and generally utilize all the aps. My cellular usage has gone down a little, because people I used to call and leave voice mail for, I now text. My life is different with an iPhone.:cool::apple:
  23. legacyb4 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    I asked a buddy who has an iPhone to track his monthly usage; on average, he's uploading about 10MB and downloading about 150MB per month.
  24. pedroistheman macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2007
    well there's no limit on the EDGE usage, so obviously people are going to use the internet more than when it was limited or non-existent.
  25. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I never used to surf with my old phone, but do so all the time now with my iPhone. If you build it (and don't charge too much) they will come. Would be nice to be a little faster though.

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