Report: Android phone owners heavy WiFi users

A new report from global WiFi connection service company WeFi indicates Android phone owners have become heavy users of WiFi.

The company's latest quarterly report gleans information from WeFi's more than 5 million end users logging on via various platforms through WeFi's database of more than 60 million access points. However, the report doesn't include WiFi usage by iPhone users because Apple bans WiFi scanning applications.

WeFi found that many Android phones during the second quarter its examined used more than 500 MB per month, with the HTC Hero and HTC Tatoo recording WiFi usage in the 500 MB to 2 GB range. "Most notably all the Android models have significantly increased monthly WiFi data usage beyond the 500 MB range," the report said.

The report concludes that the rapid increase in Android applications, especially in data intensive ones, is prompting users to spend more time online. Moreover, WiFi hotspots are now free in places like McDonald's and Starbucks.

For more:
- see this InformationWeek article

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