iPhones Love Wi-Fi, Androids Prefer Cell Data


The folks over at comScore have done some research, and there is some interesting information regarding the difference between data usage on Android phones and iPhones. Turns out, iPhone users are significantly more likely to use Wi-Fi.


A U.S. analysis of Wi-Fi and mobile Internet usage across unique smartphones on the iOS and Android platforms reveals that 71 percent of all unique iPhones used both mobile and Wi-Fi networks to connect to the Internet, while only 32 percent of unique Android mobile phones used both types of connections. A further analysis of this pattern of behavior in the U.K. shows consistent results, as 87 percent of unique iPhones used both mobile and Wi-Fi networks for web access compared to a lower 57 percent of Android phones.

This could mean a number of things. Less technical know-how could be an explanation. People just walk into a Verizon or AT&T store, ask the clerk what they should get, and just use it out of the box without fiddling too much. Another theory would have Anroid devices essentially designated as out-of-house devices. They aren’t something that a large number of people would ever use to play games or surf the web while at home — only when they aren’t in front of their computer, TV or iPad.

Whatever the actual cause(s) are, this data is interesting. Why are so many iPhone users Wi-Fi fans? Sound off by leaving a comment below this post. We’d love to hear what you think, but snarky AntennaGate comments will be looked down upon. You have been warned.

Source: comScore

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