CTIA-The Wireless Association® Survey Shows Americans Used 26 Percent More Wireless Data in 2014
U.S. Consumers Use 243.5 Million Smartphones and Tablets, Accounting for 68 Percent of All Devices Used on Mobile Networks
June 17, 2015
WASHINGTON – CTIA–The Wireless Association® released the results of its annual survey, which shows Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2014, a 26 percent increase over 2013. Helping to drive the increase in data usage were smartphones and tablets, which now number more than 208 million and 35.4 million respectively, accounting for 68 percent of all mobile devices used on wireless networks.
According to the CTIA annual survey, every minute, Americans:
exchange 3.6 million text messages (SMS);
exchange almost 300,000 videos and photos (MMS); and
use 7.7 million MB of data.
One of the biggest trends in this year's survey is the proliferation of multiple wireless devices in households. There are now more than 355 million total wireless subscribers, or 36 million more devices than Americans, a wireless penetration rate of 110 percent.