Every time an iPhone is equipped with a quicker mobile internet connection, a sizable increase in mobile data consumption isn’t far behind. Continuing with that trend, one mobile intelligence analyst firm predicts that the 4G LTE-equipped iPhone 5 will double the total data consumption of iPhone users.

Validas, the analyst firm in question, has been tracking 150,000 iPhone users since the beginning of this year and has found that, on average, users consume 489 megabytes of data per month.

During this same time frame Validas also tracked the usage of data by HTC Thunderbolt LTE users and found that they use nearly 1.022 gigabytes of data per month, doubling the iPhone’s average data usage. Using this information, researchers predicted that with the inclusion of LTE in the iPhone 5, iCustomer data usage will jump to roughly 1.2 gigabytes per month.

This is not a huge surprise. LTE will make it just that much each easier for iOS users to do all the things they love on their phones. What’s more, 4G data connections simply require more data to deliver those super quick speeds that everyone is so excited for.

This research is definitely interesting, but I fear it could spell trouble for all those iPhone 5 customers out there without the luxury of unlimited data plans. Customers will have to be extra cautious about going over their data limits with their LTE-equipped devices.

Those of you eagerly awaiting the September 21st delivery date, are you worried about your data usage? Sound off in the comments section down below!

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