The Average Amount of Data Subscribers Use Monthly

According to research firm Nielsen, in the first quarter of 2012 the average U.S. mobile subscriber used 450 MB of data per month. It is up more than double the 208 MB of data per month for all U.S. mobile subscribers in the first quarter of 2011.

At lease 65,000 mobile users volunteered to participate in the company’s ongoing research, providing information from monthly cell phone bills.

Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, the nation’s smartphone users have gone up to about half of the US population using smartphones. But Nielsen did not say what the data usage was for the smartphones in the US, their figures are for both smartphones and feature phones.

I wish I could get by using such a small amount of data each month, I have an unlimited plan with T-Mobile, which is 5 GB of “High Speed Internet/4G” and over that it’s throttled to EDGE. I have gone over my 5 GB twice before, but I try to never do that now and I monitor my account and data usage very closely.


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