May 20, 2022

New Mobile Usage Statistics: U.S. Consumer Data Traffic Increased 104 Percent According to CTIA-The Wireless Association

Some new statistics just released by the CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Highlights (via News Release):

Americans used more than 1.1 trillion megabytes (MB) of data from July 2011-June 2012, which was an increase of 104 percent over the previous 12 months according to CTIA-The Wireless Association semi-annual survey released today at MobileCON. The survey also revealed that smartphone adoption continues to grow impressively. As of June 2012, smartphones made up 131 million (or 41 percent) of the almost 322 million wireless subscriber connections. The number of tablets increased to 22 million, which is almost 17 percent of all wireless connections.

As of June 2012, the semi-annual survey results are:

• Wireless subscriber connections: 321.7 million (101 percent penetration); June 2011: 306 million (5 percent increase).
• Active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs: 130.8 million; June 2011: 95.8 million (37 percent increase).
• Number of active data-capable devices: 300.4 million; June 2011: 278.3 million (8 percent increase).
• Wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems: 21.6 million; June 2011: 15.2 million (42 percent increase).

The 12-month survey results from July 2011-June 2012 compared to the previous July 2010-June 2011 figures are:

• Wireless network data traffic: 1.16 trillion megabytes; June 2011: 568 billion megabytes (104 percent increase).
• Minutes of Use (MOU): 2.321 trillion; June 2011: 2.251 trillion (3 percent increase).
• SMS sent and received: 2.273 trillion; June 2011: 2.206 trillion (3 percent increase).
• MMS sent and received: 58.3 billion; June 2011: 52.7 billion (10.6 percent increase).
• Average local monthly wireless bill (includes voice, data and text): $47.16; June 2011: $47.23 (0.2 percent decrease).


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