Apple’s iPhone is simplistic in design and function, but the baggage that almost every iPhone user has to deal with is the carrier bills.
Some recently released data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reveal that, on average, iPhone users shed a bit more tears when the carrier bills come in. A poll conducted by CIRP showed that 49 percent of the people in the survey spent $100 or more per month on their cell phone bill, with 10 percent spending an astonishing $200 or more. Only 6 percent had bills that were $50 or less, and right in between was the 36 percent that spent in between $51 to $100 per month.
Android users also donated quite a sum to the carriers’ monthly treasure chest, as 46 percent of Android users in the survey reported that they pay $100-200 per month to use their smartphone. However, the over-the-top $200 monthly premium Android users was less active, with 7 percent reporting that they had to pull out two Benjamins each month to feed their bloated carriers. Frugal Android users outnumbered iPhone users 2 to 1, as 13 percent revealed that they paid $25-50 for their monthly bills—compared to iPhone’s 6 percent.
CIRP co-founder, Michael Levin, was quick to point out that Android and iPhone carrier bills do not reflect user habits, rather it’s because Android devices are more feasible for pre-paid and unsubsidized plans.
“We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits,” said Levin. “They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers.”
Levin continued by saying that “carriers are working hard to make their money back during the course of the contract… 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.”