US only second to Sweden in mobile data consumption


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We all know that US mobile data usage is skyrocketing, but the latest numbers from Chetan Sharma, an analyst who tracks the wireless-data industry, are staggering. The data market grew 25 percent year over year, and brought in $14 billion in service revenue in the last quarter (Q3 2010) alone. The mobile data revenues for the US market are likely to reach $55 billion in 2010. Between Q2 and Q3, connected devices grew 12 percent. Within five years, thei...

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This doesn't surprise me. Smartphones are all over the place now. It seems like more people have a smartphone than regular phones. I know a lot of guys I work with who no longer carry a laptop around and just use their phones on business trips. Saves on packing!


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Dsparil said:
I guess they've excluded Japan for some unknown reason.
While the US lags Japan and Korea in 3G penetration by a distance, due to higher penetration of smartphones and datacards, it has a much higher consumption than its Asian counterparts.
Japan is mentioned and given as a reference, just no actual numbers. That and you have to consider that Japan has less than half the population, so even if a larger percentage of their population are using data plans, they may still have less users overall, and compared to the US, Data transfers in Japan have far more microtransactions because of those data cards so they don't amount to as much as you would expect.


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Demons said:
I know a lot of guys I work with who no longer carry a laptop around and just use their phones on business trips. Saves on packing!
Yup I ditched my laptop a while ago. Way too much trouble to carry around, plus I have this thing for breaking laptops....


Well yeah, I have to post my facebook status 20 times a day!


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Considering data takes up significantly more room than voice does, I feel you wouldn't really need a large boost in the number of subscribes that are constantly using data to see a sharp increase in data usage. Voice doesn't take up anywhere near the room as video, graphics, webpage formatting.


It's amazing. Americans having all jumped on the smartphone bandwagon. Just a few shorts years ago we were known as the cheap bastards who all wanted free phones, but now we're willing to dish out thousands of dollars a year for a smartphone coupled with a premium data plan.


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Remember a few years ago when everyone thought the mobile phone market was saturated? I guess we can always count on planned obsolescence to keep the electronics industry afloat.


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Would be interesting to see where the US ranks on data consumption overall (so minus the mobile part). I bet it would be alot less due to our super slow internet speeds compared to other countries.

Funny how we keep up (or even lead) in alot of things like these smartphones, yet I'm still downloading crap on a 768k connection while some guy over in Korea is streaming HD video AND playing online AND uploading illegal files on his 75mbps connection.


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In Poland all mobile operators provide typical internet over 3.5G (7.2Mbps). That may cause large usage in comparison to USA.


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I would think Japan would be up there. But I know the US won't stop until they are number 1 D=.