Sprint reported its third-quarter earnings yesterday and, not surprisingly, the iPhone was a major topic of discussion. Even though the nation’s third-largest carrier shells out about 40% more than the industry average to offer its customers Apple’s flagship device, CEO Dan Hesse says it’s “worth every penny.”
In a conference call with analysts, Hesse elaborated, saying, “iPhone users are likely to consume significantly less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G/4G device.” More specifically, it’s been reported that the iPhone utilizes about half as much data as comparable Android phones.
There are a few possible explanations for this. First of all, there’s a chance that Sprint optimized its network for the iPhone, but that doesn’t seem likely to me. Next, Android users may simply use more data. However, I’m not sure how accurate that claim is either. I know some iOS users that use a ton of data, and some Android users that use almost none, so I think it depends on the person rather than the platform.
The third reason to explain the lower data usage could simply be that Sprint iPhone users simply don’t have access to it. If you remember, a couple days ago we reported that Sprint iPhone customers were experiencing dramatically reduced data speeds that were either the result of a software, hardware or network problem. If makes sense that their numbers would be skewed towards the lower end of the spectrum if it takes ten minutes to load a page.
It’s also important to note that, while Apple advertised the iPhone 4S as being capable of almost 4G-speeds, it can only do so on a GSM network. Both Sprint and Verizon are CDMA carriers, so unfortunately only AT&T customers are treated to the speed boost.
Either way, it’s a bit surprising that the iPhone clocks in so low compared to Android. Though, with Sprint shelling out nearly $200 for every iDevice it sells, I’m sure Hesse and the rest of the Sprint gang aren’t complaining.
We know that the Sprint iPhone was worth it if you’re a business man, but what about if you’re a consumer? Sprint iPhone customers, are you happy with your purchase, or are you experiencing a bit of buyers remorse? Weigh in down below in the comments or hit me up on twitter!
Via: 9to5 Mac