iPhone owners tend to spend slightly more on cell phone service than their Android counterparts, according to new data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
That has not deterred people from buying iPhones, however. Apple's smartphone leads in activations and users upgrade to new iPhones at a higher rate compared to rivals.
Fifty-nine percent of iPhone users spend over $100 per month on phone bills, with 10 percent spending over $200, compared to 53 percent and 7 percent of Android users, respectively. Apple, however, only produces smartphones, while other manufacturers also sell lower-cost feature phones.
Broken down by phone maker, 58 percent of iPhone users spend over $100 per month in comparison compared to 53 percent of Samsung owners, and 47 percent of LG owners.
CIRP co-founder Michael Levin¬†explained to All Things D¬†that the difference may have to do more with data plans and carriers rather than usage. "They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers," he said.
Despite the fact that iPhone users spend more, it doesn't necessarily mean that the carriers are making more money, thanks to high iPhone subsidies, CIRP's Josh Levitz told ATD.