The typical iPhone user spends more on his or her phone bill than any other smartphone, according to a report.
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners released data on average monthly carrier bills, and an iPhone typically user spend more than $100 a month. About 59 percent spent more than $100 and 10 percent spent more than $200 a month, according to AllThingsD.
Only 53 percent of Android users spent more than $100 a month and only 7 percent spent more than $200. Forty percent of Blackberry users spend more than $100, while 56 percent of Windows Phone users spent more than $100. (No Windows Phone users spent more than $200.)
It's not that iPhone users are using more, but that their plans are more expensive than Android plans, CIRP told AllThingsD.
“Given the subsidies on iPhones, the carriers are working hard to make their money back during the course of the contract,” said CIRP’s Josh Levitz. “With the exception of perhaps the hottest Android phones, we think the subsidies on Android phones are lower, so the carriers make more money even with slightly lower per-subscriber revenue.”
CIRP also reported that 88 percent of iPhone users stayed with the iOS versus 64 percent of Android users. The numbers were much lower for Blackberry (7 percent) and Windows Phone users (9 percent.)
What the report tells us is that iPhone and Android users are happy with their devices, but it seems the Apple users are getting a worse deal. Perhaps that's related to the larger subsidies on Android, or perhaps it's that carriers believe that iPhone users will pay a higher price.
Published at 4:26 PM PDT on Jan 30, 2013