Owners of larger smartphones tend to use a lot more data than those with smaller screens, according to a new report from Citrix. The marketing research firm found that, on average, iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of those with an iPhone 6.

While it makes sense that the 6 Plus would eat more data due to its larger display, Citrix thinks the difference has more to do with user behavior. People are treating the 6 Plus like they would a tablet, playing more games and streaming a lot more video.

That 2x difference in data usage is worth noting for folks on the fence about which handset to buy. With many of the larger wireless carriers now practically charging by the gigabyte, doubling your data usage could also mean doubling your cellphone bill.

Other interesting points from the Citrix report include: iPhone 6 Plus users consume 10x more data than those with an iPhone 3GS, and that popular freemium titles CSR Racing, Diamond Dash and Top Eleven consume the most data out of all mobile games.

Source: Citrix Mobile Analytics via Business Insider

  • Rahnold

    “a lot more data than”

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    I consume prolly more that the average user in a year.
    iPhone 5s with upscale to 6plus

    • Danny D

      6 Plus? What resolution are you using?

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        The 6 plus resolution

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        I’m using a 5s with the 6+ resolution

    • 203 GB on LTE data omg O.o …. how much $$ u pay per month?

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        80$ And that’s not even two weeks.

      • so u have unlimited everything for $80 ? from T-mobile ?

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Yes sir and you don’t get throttled !!

      • iPhoneWINS

        i have unlimited everything from AT&T and its great they cannot throttle now cause ethyl have need taken to court of throttling,,hhahahha

  • James G

    How is Citrix of all companies capturing this data?

    • jack

      they checked their buddies iphone and are projecting towards all users

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    • Swanny246

      Yeah, and since when is Citrix a marketing research firm?

  • smtp25

    “While it makes sense that the 6 Plus would eat more data due to its larger display, Citrix thinks the difference has more to do with user behavior.” *facepalm*
    How would it make sense that a 6plus larger screen would use more data? The 2nd sentance is why it uses more data but the screen size alone as stated in the first sentance is BS.

    I don’t think upscaling or larger dpi affects the data usage. A picture source is only so many KB, its when it gets client side (at the phone) that it gets upscaled.

    • Melvco

      Hmm, it was my understanding that certain apps, like Netflix and YouTube, will stream 1080p video to the 6 Plus but not the 6. I believe Netflix will only do this on Wi-Fi, so that point is moot, but I still don’t think that server-side data usage for all apps/services/websites is 1=1 for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

    • Andy

      I feel that the quality of reporting on this site has been going down. First there was the article where the guy stated an iPad is essentially a computer (no, it’s just a bigger iPhone), and then this. Apps like YouTube may stream 1080p on the iPhone 6 Plus but depending on your connection speed, it may choose a lower quality setting unless you manually select 1080p (again, this is Wi-Fi only unless you use a jailbreak tweak to allow manually setting the quality on cellular data).

      Articles like these seem to be clickbait more than anything. Everyone uses their device differently, and honestly reports like these are meaningless since this study simply represents a very small subset of users and is most likely limited to the US. An iPhone 6 user could very well use more data an iPhone 6 Plus user. You can say the same about other phones and tablets. So what can you conclude in the end? Absolutely nothing meaningful… much like Citrix’s own conclusion where they simply state the obvious: “As the data in this report makes clear, mobile device usage continues to grow in both volume and sophistication in both consumer and business markets, with no signs of slowing.”

  • Jerry

    I was wondering why now all of a sudden I’m going over my data limit

  • Shawn

    I was thinking I’ve been using a lot lately. I’ve never gone near my data limit of 15 (was 10) GB of data and I’m currently sitting at 9.8GB

  • iPodDroid

    I can confirm that! The amount of data I use is RIDICULOUS xD

  • Rowan09

    Thank you for unlimited LTE data t-mobile.

  • Corey B

    This is a interesting, 6 plus user and I’m with ATT. I had to up my monthly gig because I was always going over. I think I use my phone less than when I had my iPhone 5. I Thought it might be a wifi issue. Having the logo shown but using my data. I probaly play a game once a week for 30 mins at a time that supposedly doesn’t use data. Has anyone else notice a increase and still same usage from their previous phone?

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  • iPhoneWINS

    yup cause you can see lot more on that screen and do alumni more cause you have space..