As Americans, we are so committed to our smartphones and tablets that we end up using more and more mobile data each and every year. A new report published by a top industry trade group shows that we used nearly 10 billion gigabytes of mobile data in 2015.
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Not only is that an insanely high number, but it is more than double the amount of data that we used the year before. It reflects the tremendous explosion in mobile browsing, particularly when we stream music and video content.
The report from CTIA found that customers used 804 billion megabytes per month, which adds up to a grand total of 9.65 billion gigabytes.
That's so much data that if you look at previous years, it grew by over 137 percent.
The results include a lot of data too, according to the report:
"The Annual Wireless Industry Survey is completely voluntary and thus does not yield a 100 percent response rate from all service providers. However, the survey has an excellent response rate. For the December 31, 2015, installment of the survey, CTIA aggregated data from companies serving over 97 percent of all estimated wireless subscriber connections."
Some of the growth can be attributed to the mass exodus on landlines and the movement toward mobile. Data also shows that many people are abandoning their internet plans and exclusively using their phones to go online. YouTube and Netflix account for over half of the North American internet traffic and the numbers keep growing as people also start to dump their television plans.
If you throw in streaming audio, such as music and online podcasts, that figure jumps to 70 percent.
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The wireless industry is raking in the dough from this, pulling in nearly $200 billion last year alone, with is a 70% jump over a year ago - and it will probably keep going up.