iPhone users typically charge about $6900 to their credit cards every month, 35% more than WinMo users [update]

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and I’m ashamed to admit that I used to profile people based on what type of mobile phone they carried. Seems like I might have been right all along because data collected by personal finance service Pageonce shows that an average iPhone users charges around $6,872 to their credit cards every month, whereas the typical Android user does only $5,330. In between iPhone and Android owners are the BlackBerry crowd with $5,693 spent per month, and in last place are Windows Mobile users with a mere $5,076. Now I don’t, and probably never will, own a credit card, so these dollar amounts frankly shock me.

There’s also an interesting paradox about how much one spends on their mobile phone bill. The results are almost backwards, with a Windows Mobile user spending about $205.33 a month to use all the features on their handsets, followed by Android users with $196.64 per month, BlackBerry users with $194.35 per month and in dead last are iPhone users who on average pay $164.91 per month. The sample size used for all this data was fairly large too, including 5,000 users of the Pageonce service per platform.

I’m not saying these numbers are wrong, because statistics are statistics, but who in their right mind spends over $6,000 per month and close to $200 just on their phone bill? Where are these people? Am I just ultra frugal? Now you know, if you’re ever in a bar with your friends and one of them has an iPhone, then you should insist that he picks up the next round.

Do you use any mobile finance services to keep track of what you spend? Nickel and dime-ing your way through life doesn’t seem that useful to me, especially if I was spending that much money, so maybe in the long run these guys save something up for their retirement fund.

Update: Turns out PageOnce’s data refers to the credit card balance carried by the average smartphone user across the platforms mentioned above. The numbers don’t refer to charges per month, but the balance that each user carries at the end of their monthly billing cycle. My bad.

[Via: Gizmodo]

  • Axel

    Seriously, there must be something wrong with those numbers. Or it’s based on a very specific demographic. iPhone is now mass market and I highly doubt that the majority of the iPhone user even has that amount of money to spend every month.

  • *6000* a month on the credit card? WTF? Are there like, crazy ultra rich people included in this survey that are skewing the numbers super high?

  • Anonymous

    If you figure that you might manage to take home 60% of your pay, you’d have to make $138,000 to just get enough on your paycheck to keep ahead of the CC bill, not to mention possible interest if you carry a balance. Even the WinMo number equates to over 100k.

  • Anonymous

    Balances != Spending. The PageOnce article says “The average iPhone user has a 35% higher balance”. Carrying a $6500 balance is NOT the same thing as spending $6500 per month.

  • Mike

    Please re-read the Pageonce data!! The article clearly states that the users in question carry a monthly balance of $6872 (iPhone) thru $5076 (WinMo) not that they charge those amounts monthly. There is a realllllly big difference in the two.

  • Befrank

    The article this info came from states “The average iPhone user has a 35% higher balance (this is carried balance plus news transactions plus any fees/charges) on their monthly credit card statement” which is totally different than how they labeled the chart. I imagine that is the correct data, a carried balance, not charges in one month. There’s just no way it could be that high, as stated.

  • Fritz

    I know a lot of people who have iPhones (and droids and berries), but I doubt if a single one of them runs $6K/mo. through a credit card.

  • Fritz

    Okay, that makes more sense. There was just no freaking way the “average” iPhone (or any other kind of phone) user was racking up those kinds of monthly *charges*. A carried balance is a whole ‘nother thing.

  • decisivemoment

    Never mind the average, which is skewed by Steve Jobs to start with. What about the median? These numbers are basically meaningless, especially in a country with such skewed wealth distribution as the United States currently is. We want to know what the typical customer is doing.

  • Xxx

    Read any article you quote carefully…

  • Anonymous

    Does that say people who buy their iPhones also pay too much for other products and services they buy? I guess these people prefer to buy whatever makes them look trendy even if they have to finance their “appearance” to others with debt.

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