Owners of Apple's iPhone are apparently paying the highest carrier bill. According to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, data collected from October to December 2012 shows that 59 percent of iPhone users surveyed spent more than $100 per month on their plan. 10 percent from that figure spent $200 or more, while 6 percent spent $50 or less.
"We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits," said CIRP’s Michael Levin. "They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers."
"Given the subsidies on iPhones, the carriers are working hard to make their money back during the course of the contract," CIRP’s Josh Levitz added. "With the exception of perhaps the hottest Android phones, we think the subsidies on Android phones are lower, so the carriers make more money even with slightly lower per subscriber revenue."
13 percent of Android users spent $50 or less, while 53 percent spent more than $100, with similar figures applying for Windows and BlackBerry owners.