Although many carriers have started offering some sort of unlimited data plans, the truth is that most of us don’t need all that data. In fact, it seems that half a gig is enough a majority of U.S. mobile subscribers.
The information comes from Nielsen that says that in the first quarter of 2012 the average U.S. mobile subscriber used 450 MB of data per month, which is more than double the average of 208 MB per month in the first quarter of 2011.
The data was pulled from monthly cell phone bills of at least 65,000 mobile users who volunteered to participate in the company’s ongoing research. Nielsen, however, doesn’t tell us what percentage of these users are smartphone owners. Then again, knowing that a half of mobile phone users in the U.S. now own a smartphone, the chances are that the majority of respondents aren’t feature phone users…
As for what the future holds, it’s likely that with more and more folks grabbing smartphones, the data consumption will increase proportionally. We’ll be here to keep you posted how that goes. Stay tuned in the meantime, k?