Memo to AT&T execs moaning about their iPhone customers' bandwidth-gobbling: STFU.
That's the message in a recent study by Validas (whose day job is to optimize wireless phone bills). They looked at 20,000 cell phone bills from the first five months of 2010. Their conclusion: Verizon smartphone customers gobble up 25% more data than their crosstown iPhone rivals, averaging 421 MB/month vs. 338 MB/month. Verizon also leads the charge in overall quantities of smartphone customers paying for data packages, followed by T-Mobile, then AT&T.
Two caveats about the report: RIM Blackberry phones, due to their data-compression techniques, were not included in the Verizon totals, nor were public "Wi-Fi hot zones" like those AT&T has set up in NYC and elsewhere.
[Via Ars Technica]