IPhone users have more expensive phone bills than competitors
San Francsico, CA, United States (4E) – Recent studies reveal that iPhone users pay the highest phone bills — more than Windows phones, BlackBerry and Android users. The study was conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
Regardless of carrier iPhone users spend the most on monthly phone bills. Carriers seem to charge iPhone users more for data plans and miscellaneous fees.
“We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits. They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers,” CIRP co founder Michael Levin said, according to AllThingsD.
The study involved collecting data from October to December 2012. An estimated 59 percent of iPhone users revealed that they spent more than $100 a month on their plan and 10 percent spent more than $200. An estimated 13 percent of Android users spent $50 or less and only 53 percent spent more than $100. Windows and BlackBerry users spent noticeably less.
IPhone users are billed more compared to other users because iPhones carry more expensive price tags and the carriers have to shoulder some of its cost.
“Given the subsidies on iPhones, the 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,” CIRPJosh Levitz added.