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.