A data given to Wall Street Journal by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) indicates that a typical iPhone user’s average monthly data bill of is highest in the smartphone market. In accordance to that CIRP survey, more that half of the respondents spent more than $100 per month on their wireless plan. 10% of iPhone owners spent $200 or more, 6% spent $50 or less, on the other hand. The survey was conducted in the latter part of 2012.
As for other smartphone customers, Android users spent 7% more than $200 a month, 53% spent over $100 per month, and 12% spent $50 or less.
However, CIRP co-founder Michael Levin explains, “We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits. They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carries.”
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One-way terrestrial return satellite Internet systems are used with conventional dial-up Internet access, a form of Internet access that uses the facilities of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to establish a dialed connection to an Internet service provider (ISP) via telephone lines, with outbound (upstream, which in computer networking, is the direction in which data can be transferred from the client to the server (uploading)) data traveling through a telephone modem (“modulator-demodulator”), a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information; but downstream data, which in a telecommunications network, is the data sent from a network service provider to a customer, sent via satellite at a higher rate. In the US, an FCC license is required for the uplink station only; no license is required for the users.
Another type of one-way satellite Internet system uses General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system’s global system for mobile communications (GSM), for the back-channel. Using standard GPRS or Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) (also known as “Enhanced GPRS” (“EGPRS”), or “IMT Single Carrier” (“IMT-SC”), or “enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution”), a digital mobile phone technology that allows improved data transmission rates as a backward-compatible extension of GSM, costs are reduced for higher effective rates if the upload volume is very low, and also because this service is per-time charged, but charged by volume uploaded. GPRS as return improves mobility when the service is provided by a satellite that transmits in the field of 50-63 dBW (“decibel watt,” or “dBW,” a unit for the measurement if the strength of a signal expressed in decibels relative to one watt). Using a 33 cm wide satellite dish, a notebook and a normal GPRS equipped GSM phone, or a device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link while moving around a wide geographic area, users can get mobile satellite broadband.
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