Data Consumption Surpasses Voice Calling by U.S. Cell Users

May 14, 2010

Cell phone use in the U.S.: For 2009 figures, the amount of digital data sent over cell phone networks surpasses voice traffic for the first time. The future has arrived.

This means that the minority devices on the grid (the smartphones) are consuming the majority of over the air traffic: More than anything else, this is a demonstration that the future is arriving early.


When next generation 4G networks start to take off properly, cell phone use will be almost exclusively about data consumption, and voice calls will remain as a needed but deprecated service. And when that happens, something odd will happen to the cellphone providers themselves--they'll be relegated to merely being “vehicle” over which your smartphone data flows. There will surely be some scrambling to establish some mindshare.


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