IPad Users Use Wireless Data At 2.5x IPhone Usage

Posted: Apr 26 2010, 3:48pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:48pm CDT, in News | Apple

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By comparing wireless connectivity on many of the top apps that are available on both the iPhone and iPad, a new study shows that iPad users are connecting online at a much bigger clip than iPhone owners.

Mobile Internet company Bytemobile says that on average, the iPad is generating more than two and a half times the amount of wireless data usage than its mobile phone brother.

Some of the top apps that it compared included: 1.5 times more people visited Ebay through the iPad app than the iPhone app, and 1.4 times more iPad owners used IMDb's app.

Periodicals and news apps had a huge differential. The number of iPad users who went online with Bloomberg's app was 2.5 times the same number for the iPhone, and USA Today's iPad app was 6.3x more popular than its iPhone counterpart.

Google Maps also drove 2.6x more traffic through the iPad than the iPhone.

Bytemobile says this does not show that iPhone users aren't connecting online, but rather that the iPad just overgrew expectations.

"Another quantum leap in data traffic caused by a new class of device will further strain capacity, and operators need to prepare their networks now in order to avoid consumer backlash," said the company's VP Joel Brand in a statement.

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