Study Shows iPhone 4S Siri Data Usage Double that of the iPhone 4


As though quick and easy access to the information we seek wasn’t simple before, Siri has made processes such as writing text messages, scheduling appointments and reminders and checking the weather nearly effortless. That ease of use, as well as iCloud background app/music/book syncing, and larger resolution images has led to an increase in data consumption and manufacturers are only adding to the trend.

Bloomberg probes a report by Arieso, an organization devoted to tracking and solving problems for wireless service operators such as Vodafone, which presented research showing that a minority of users are responsible for about half of downloaded data and Siri users consume almost twice as much data as users of the iPhone 4.

Arieso reports that iPhone 4S users consume 80% more data than users of the most recent Research In Motion devices, the Blackberry Curve and the Blackberry Bold Touch. This could, in part, be due to the fact that Blackberry users simply use fewer applications beyond e-mail as well as RIM data compression, the company reports.

Chief Technology Officer of Arieso, Michael Flanagan says that “as you lower the barriers” users will make increased use of their services. As an iPhone 4 user himself, he says of the 4S “the data usage numbers I am seeing make me wonder what I am missing”.

Do you think carriers will be able to adapt to the increased usage as other mobile phone producers create their own voice command assistants? It seems higher data plans will continue to come and go.


  • Mvb

    It likely has very little to do with Siri. The phone downloads data twice as fast…I don’t think it is a coincidence.

  • TomsIphone

    Well, duh! 

    If  Siri has to send your speech to it’s server and then get data back from the server, that’s gonna take bandwidth.  The more you use Siri (for whatever task), the more bandwidth you’re gonna use.  Multiply that by the millions of 4s’s sold so far and of course it’s gonna be 80% more than before the 4s came out!

    There’s no coincidence…more a conspiracy 🙂

  • Djelimon17

    I tend to agree with this. TBH I rarely if ever use Siri in public. My friends call me “mumbles” and let’s just say its faster for me to type a search or use a gesture than it is to yell at my phone repeatedly. I feel a bit less silly with gestures as well