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iPhone Owners Pay Highest Monthly Bills

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.

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  • Thunderfox
    What plans for more than a hundred dollars per phone even exist? These must be for multiple phones on one bill, which isn't really a meaningful thing to compare.

    Even without a plan you can get several gigs of fast data and unlimited 2g for much less than $100 per phone. Unless you are dumb enough to be watching netflix from your phone all the time, I can't imagine how someone could need more.
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  • aoneone
    That's why you don't need a phone plan. I haven't had one since June of 2011 because every month I would pay anywhere from 75 to 100 US Dollars. Don't you people know anything about free phone service with just the internet?

    That's all the hint you need really ^_^ My iphone hasn't had a plan since and I've saved TONS of money and can't be any happier hehe.
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  • weaselman
    I phone users get screwed all the time. No change there then. Waving it around as a status symbol, the mugs.
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  • neon neophyte
    our local provider had one plan for iphones and one plan for everything else. both plans were the same but the iphone plan cost more.

    even the providers know you can gouge apple users.
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  • A Bad Day
    I can't find any phones that don't have some kind of a 1-3 year contract on them...
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  • wardoc22
    Well, here in the US, currently, iPhones are locked to atnt/verizon. But the majority of iphone users are on atnt.

    And atnt is expensive. I went in when looking for my first phone. Their lowest plan for smartphones is around 130 dollars per month for a single phone, single plan.

    While over at tmobile, its more like 45 dollars.

    Lol
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  • acadia11
    ThunderfoxWhat plans for more than a hundred dollars per phone even exist? These must be for multiple phones on one bill, which isn't really a meaningful thing to compare. Even without a plan you can get several gigs of fast data and unlimited 2g for much less than $100 per phone. Unless you are dumb enough to be watching netflix from your phone all the time, I can't imagine how someone could need more.
    Ummm ... Att + 30 for data + 69 for minutes... not to mention M2M unlimited + 20 , I'm already at 119
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  • soundping
    Apple users don't mind because their cool. lol
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  • sacre
    "Looks at 81 dollar phone bill"

    All I do is text and occasionally surf the web and i'm paying 81 dollars a month. Yea, I agree, bills are insane.

    Telus, Canada
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  • sacre
    soundpingApple users don't mind because their cool. lol
    Wait wait, let me guess, Android user? So what, you think you're better than iPhone users because you use that virus ridden choppy interface?

    Don't get me wrong, iPhones "Can't customize" linear interface isn't any better.

    But give me a break bud, red sucker, blue sucker, who gives a sh!t what people like. I don't feel any better then others because of the phone I use.

    Welcome to 2013, where having a smart phone doesn't make you "cool" it makes you an average every day person. Back in 2007 maybe, but today? Everyones got a smart phone.

    Christ.
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