iPhone 4S owners use twice as much data as iPhone 4

The iPhone 4S has been a big sales hit for Apple. But are the owners of the smartphone using up a lot more wireless data than normal? A new study claims that iPhone 4S users have now become the ones that use the most wireless data compared to other smartphones, including earlier versions of the iPhone.

The study by Arieso claims that iPhone 4S users actually consume twice as much wireless data as owners of the iPhone 4. The amount goes up to three times when the iPhone 4S is compared to the iPhone 3GS. Arieso's study also claims to show that the top one percent of wireless data users actually take up half of all the smartphone data in the US.

So what does this mean in the long run? According to one of the study's authors, Dr. Michael Flanagan, wireless networks will have to deal with lots of strain on their networks in the coming year:

The introduction of increasingly sophisticated devices, coupled with growing consumer demand, is creating unrelenting pressure on mobile networks. The capacity crunch is still a very real threat for mobile operators, and it looks set to only get harder in 2012. The mobile industry needs new investment and new approaches to boost network performance and manage the customer experience.

If this trend continues you have to wonder if wireless carriers will become a lot less tolerant of smartphone users who access a lot of data on their networks.

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