Sprint: Android Phones Hog More Data Than the iPhone

By , Oct 28, 2011

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recently made a few interesting comments about the iPhone on his network. Namely, Hesse noted that Android users put more of a strain on Sprint’s network than new iPhone owners.

Android apps are “more chatty” with the network, and iPhone apps do a better job of handling data via W-Fi networks and offloading information.  Due to the iPhone’s light footprint on Sprint’s network, the carrier plans to continue offering an unlimited data plan for the indefinite future.

CEO Dan Hesse made this comment during a recent earnings call:

“There is a misperception that our launch of the iPhone will increase the load on Sprint’s 3G network and require us to spend more 3G capital. The reverse is true. iPhone users are expected to use significantly less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G, 4G device. Even adjusting for more total new customers being added to the network, we believe they will put less load on our 3G network than they would have if we did not carry the iPhone.”

Initial complaints from iPhone owners on Sprint’s network suggested that the network’s 3G data speeds were significantly crippled when compared with Verizon and AT&T. Sprint denies that these complaints have anything to do with adding the iPhone to its network.

Sprint recently discontinued its unlimited data plan for all devices, except smartphones like the iPhone. Because the iPhone is so data efficient, Sprint sees Apple’s smartphone as a reason to continue offering all-you-can-eat data for its smartphone customers.

Forbes:

“One of the beauties of carrying the iPhone is it extends the period of time and increases the likelihood of us maintaining unlimited data longer because it uses our network so efficiently,” said Hesse.

Apple imposes stringent rules on developers for how apps ping a 3G network and download data. iOS is incredibly smart at offloading data and switching between Wi-Fi networks when able. Barrons estimates that the iPhone is 50% more efficient than Android at data consumption on Sprint’s network.

Sprint reportedly coughed up $15.5 billion to add the iPhone to its network, and it’s projected to take years before Sprint can even break even on its deal with Apple and the accompanying network maintenance costs.

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  • NERDGEEK

    So true….. :)

  • Crunch n’ Much

    “All you can eat” …I love that phrase.

  • iPad Lover

    I miss the plus one button!

  • ras

    I cant believe this kind of pro apple articles !!!

    • Gus Me

      YEA!!

      On a site called iDownloadBlog formerly known as iPhoneDownloadBlog, the audacity….

      • Saif

        lol they are right though as a personal iphone user since day one i never had a problem using data and my phone would use wifi as much as possible very easily. This article statements fits me and i do agree with the cluster fuck android brings. Install too many apps and it slows down!

  • Ron

    why do ppl come on a site that they know is pro apple and get mad when there pro apple really? if u dont like the pro apple talk then go to http://www.engadget.com or gizmodo.com or something why come on this one u sound likea hater #JustSayin

    • mohgui

      maybe because the anti-apple blogs are boring?

    • the truth hurts

      there’s nothing wrong with being pro apple or pro Android. the problem comes when you get sites like iDB that will print anything, even if its a lie, rumor or misinformation.

      they’re not doing their readers a favor by misstating Facts all the time.

      whenever a story favors Android, this site will either NOT print it or saturate it with BS to make apple look like the winner.

      I use both iOS and Android. I come to this site to find news about the latest untethered jail break but then I see these stories that are just laughable. EVERYDAY I visit about 30 sites regarding Android and iOS and ALWAYS on this site, they tell a different story than the other 29 sites I visit daily.

      take for example the story about Samsung selling more phones than apple. ONLY ON THIS SITE are they trying to dispute this with Shipped vs Sold BS. while on other sites, they tell it like it is, that Samsung DID ship AND sell more phones than apple.

      I do however see a tendency of iOS fans to want to believe want they want to believe and overlook or ignore obvious facts.

      its really disturbing how ignorant and immature apple fans can be sometimes. its like the average user of iDevices is under age 21 and their childish responses and posts on websites like this reinforces my opinion of them.

      my 2 cents.

      • Tm

        Preach it.. There are so many more android users than Apple users on the Sprint Network. Dan H. Is just saying these things to get on Apple’s good side. Its not what they(APPLE USERS) wants to believe, it’s what they are told. Like when Steve Jobs told them they were holding the phone wrong, everyone like…Duh..Okay, hes right….The Ipad wireless issues, they were told to get closer to the router.. Apple users will believe anything Apple tells them. If Apple told the users that the Appel Air has a added feature of being green by saving toilet paper and you scrape your bunger with it…All the apple users would believe it.

  • kokhean

    The only reason why there is lesser data is because there isn’t any data on the Sprint iPhone 4S to use.

  • Hasus

    The reason is that iPhone doesn’t support multitasking as Android does. In Android, apps allowed to connect to the network and use data, peform updates and push notifications while in background.
    Ios doesn’t allow apps to run in backgound so they cannot use data.
    This situation is better for th carrier (and for your battery) but limits the functionality of the phone

    • the truth hurts

      +1