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Apple iPhone 5 users 'most data-hungry'

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iPhone 5 users are the "hungriest" mobile data consumers, while Samsung Galaxy S3 owners are the biggest uploaders of photos, videos and other files from their device, a new report has revealed.

After studying 125 different devices and "billions of mobile connections", the Arieso agency found that iPhone users again proved the biggest data demanders - and iPhone 5 users are pushing the needle even further.

A customer gets to grips with her white iPhone 5 in Hong Kong.

© PA Images / Kin Cheung / AP



Users of the latest iPhone model consumed four times as much downlink data as iPhone 3G users and 50% more than iPhone 4S users (the most demanding group in the 2012 survey).

By contrast, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone upload the most photos, videos, etc of any device - at a rate of nearly four times iPhone 3GS users.

S3 users top the list for uplink data usage, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPhone 5.

On the tablet side, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users were the hungriest - demanding 20% more data than Apple iPad users.

Arieso found that for the first time, smartphone users are consistently consuming more mobile data than tablet users.

Out of the top ten most data hungry devices, six were smartphones, three were tablets and one was a 'phablet' - a smartphone/tablet hybrid.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini phone

© Samsung



Arieso discovered that 40% of all mobile data is being consumed by 1% of 'power users', but it also noted that LTE 4G networks are "starting to take the strain".

Last year, the study revealed that 1% of users consumed 50% of all downlink data on 3G/UMTS networks.

Arieso said that the introduction of LTE 4G in many more territories over the past 12 months, including more parts of Europe, has injected much-needed bandwidth that "relieves pressure on UMTS networks".

However, the agency warned that LTE alone will not meet the ever-growing demand from the proliferation of data-hungry devices.

"For three years now we've seen how greater technical capabilities lead to greater data consumption by consumers," study author and Arieso chief technical officer, Dr. Michael Flanagan, said.

"From our own experience helping operators around the world prepare their networks for evolving user demands, we hypothesise that LTE alone won't 'solve' the data problem - it will exacerbate it."

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