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U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the how's-that-2GB-plan-treating-you dept.
An anonymous reader sends this news from the NY Times Bits Blog: "Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. In the United States, consumers used an average of 1.2 gigabytes a month over cellular networks this year, up from 690 megabytes a month in 2012, according to Chetan Sharma, a consultant for wireless carriers, who published a new report on industry trends on Monday. Worldwide, the average consumption was 240 megabytes a month this year, up from 140 megabytes last year, he said."
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U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @08:55PM (#45784745)
    Where is the concern for microwave radiation? Ignoring ICNIRP the insane, standards have been lowered by 200 to 1,000 times over the past few years yet I've measured levels of 24,000 micro watts/meter squared half a block from my house [biological effects occur in humans above 4 uw/m2]. Wireless routers put out regular-as-clockwork spikes of 22,000 uw/m2, when Salford et all (1997) [safeinschool.org] found that 25,000 uw/m2 "damages the blood-brain barrier". DECT (cordless) phones are almost as bad, and modern baby monitors are DECT phones in disguise.

    For those quickly reaching for the "-1, Troll" mod, check out "Resonance: Beings of Frequency" instead.
  • Re:Ads? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @09:31PM (#45784943)

    What fraction of the increase was ads?

    Even though ads might seem to be the obvious "consumer of bandwidth", ads are not the biggest consumer of bandwidth. Take some time to sit around an airport, bus, or train for a few hours and watch how people use their phones as "data devices". I don't mean watch them talk or text. I mean watch them. If they don't have their laptops tethered to their phones, they are probably watching video clips from "wherever". Why do they watch video clips on their phones, mostly phones with decent displays like iPhones and Galaxies, entertainment. Watch them watch a video for a few minutes. Then watch them scroll up, scroll down, perhaps enter new search criteria or browse another web site. They might find another video to watch for a few minutes or maybe a video to "share", either as a link to a friend or with someone sitting next to them.

    If they are actually on a plane in flight, they may have stored a full length video on the phone, but that doesn't count against "data usage".

    Before asking for citations, I cannot provide them as I am paid by cell phone companies to research this stuff for them.

  • by tepples (727027) <{tepples} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @09:38PM (#45784967) Homepage Journal

    You don't have to do business with Verizon, there are other cellular carriers

    In a lot of places, it's either Verizon, no signal, no signal, or no signal.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:54PM (#45785339)

    You don't have to do business with Verizon, there are other cellular carriers

    In a lot of places, it's either Verizon, no signal, no signal, or no signal.

    You don't need to use Verizon to use Verizon towers. this page [wikipedia.org] lists 9 companies which basically resell Verizon service. Many of these don't have Verizon's "hard" data cap. Many sell "unlimited" service with a "soft" cap. After the cap you are limited to 56k->ISDN type speeds, which sounds bad, until you realize that unless you stream music or video, a lot of what you would do on a phone would be passing only small amounts of data around.

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