Featured: Americans Used Over 1 Billion Gigabytes Of Mobile Data In Past Year

October 11, 2012 - Written By Mike Stenger

Even with shared data plans cracking down on excessive usage, Americans still use a large amount of data, some more than others. According to new statistics, not only has the use of mobile data grown exponentially, but it’s not going to be slowing down either.

CTIA released some new metrics and shared some interesting stats. Between July 2011 and June 2012, mobile networks in the United States handled a whopping 1.16 Trillion megabytes. That comes out to 1.13 Billion gigabytes or 1.1 Million terabytes.

Overall, this was a 104% increase over the same time period a year earlier. A lot of this had to do with the increase of smartphones in the marketplace. There were 37% more smartphones and “wireless PDAs” in use, 130.8 Million, and 42% more wireless-enabled laptops, tablets, and modems, 21.6 Million.

This is a pretty significant jump and the numbers will keep getting even higher. Among some other interesting stats, 2.27 Trillion text messages were sent, subscribers increased to almost 322 Million, and the average monthly bill went down just 7 cents. Not only that, but in the past six months, revenues for carriers increased almost $8.6 Billion.

We’re constantly connected to the Internet in some way and this data just goes to show how reliant we are on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops despite unlimited data moving to the wayside.