The Telegraph reports, judging by new statistics performed by Arieso, a mobile network optimizing service, iPhone 4S users are consuming nearly double the amount of data than they were when operating an iPhone 4 and on their iPads, and one of the main causes is Siri.
It seems like customers are to run the risk of seeing big increases in their monthly bills, while mobile networks could buckle under the strain of rapidly increasing data usage.
“Voice is the ultimate human interface,” said Arieso Chief Technology Officer Michael Flanagan. “As you lower the barriers,” more and more people will make use of the increased functionality, he says.
Michael Flanagan, Arieso’s chief technology officer said: “Voice is the ultimate human interface. As you lower the barriers consumers will use their smartphones’ functions even more often.”
Arieso also advised users of Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), Telefonica SA (TEF) and Nokia Siemens Networks Oy on how to manage wireless networks.
Siri is a new feature of the latest iPhone model. It is also called as the iPhone’s ‘humble assistant’, the voice-controlled application, using an internet connection, allows users to ask it for weather updates, write text messages and search the web.
After the launch of iPhone 4S in October, this small improvements disappointed many experts and reviewers, but it hadn’t affected the demand. Buyers have extensively used their devices.
Siri has become the champion among smartphones when data usage is concerned. Owners of the iPhone 4S download almost three times as much data as users of the iPhone 3G, which Arieso uses as the benchmark, and twice as much as the iPhone 4, whose users were the most demanding in last year’s survey, says Huff Post.
“I use the iPhone 4 myself and when I first heard of the iPhone 4S features I was not compelled to rush out and get one. However, the data usage numbers I am seeing make me wonder what I am missing,” said Michael Flanagan.
Operators try to find the way to limit their data tariffs to prevent heavy use as subscribers record high-definition video and images and browse the Internet and play music on their phones, Bloomberg reports.
As a matter of fact, Vodafone, which is considered to be the world’s largest mobile-phone operator, has already shifted toward consumption-based billing to protect its network capacity.
He added as tablets include smartphone like interfaces and software platforms, their data usage was similar to top-end smartphones.
“A tablet still looks like a big smartphone,” he said.
Besides, the research has also showed that a minority of users account for half of downloaded data. About one percent of the high-use subscribers downloaded half of the data volumes. “The hungry are getting hungrier,” Flanagan said.
The studies revealed that an average user of latest BlackBerry smartphone, the Curve and the Bold Touch, downloads about 20 percent of the data of an iPhone 4S subscriber.
“While RIM compresses data, the company’s traditional business users also use fewer applications beyond e- mail”, Flanagan said.
The development and further proliferation of voice command software may speed up as more manufacturers adopt the technology, Flanagan said. “What makes Apple unique is that they have done it first successfully.”