Tablet Mobile Connections Grow 48%
Mobile service providers are having success convincing subscribers to buy access for their tablets, according to NPD Connected Intelligence. Mobile connections for tablets grew 48 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012, and are used on 12 percent of U.S. tablets.
Tablet connections tend to use 850 MB of mobile data per month, compared to 1 GB on smart phones, according to NPD.
Tablet Wi-Fi data use averages around 10 GB of data per month, or more than 2.5 times the amount of Wi-Fi data being used on smart phones.
“The difference in consumption on the Wi-Fi side comes from much higher video consumption on tablets (4GB per tablet per month), which accounts for 40 percent of all tablet data traffic, compared to less than 10 percent of data consumption on smart phones.” said Eddie Hold, NPD Connected Intelligence VP.
The connected tablet market is currently dominated by and AT&T and Verizon Wireless, in large part because most consumers purchase the tablet connection from their smart phone service provider.
It is highly likely that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are benefiting from their shared data plans, which make it relatively easy to add another device to a data plan. About a third of Verizon Wireless customers now are on “Share Everything” plans that make adding a tablet relatively affordable, at about $10 per tablet per month.
Still, given the fact that most tablets get used inside the home, where Wi-Fi typically is available, demand for mobile broadband likely will remain fairly muted. “Most consumers haven’t found that key application convincing them to add a cellular connection,” says Eddie Hold, vice president, Connected Intelligence.
Source: The NPD Group/Connected Intelligence Mobile Data Consumption Report
To be sure, use of tablets when on the go and at work will increase as more people get them, and more discover they can dispense with use of a PC.
According to a Google survey from March 2011, people were generally using their tablets at home. 82 percent said they primarily used their tablet device at home, followed by 11 percent on the move, and seven percent at work.
A survey by Forrester Research in 2013 suggested that work-issued tablets get used 48 percent of the time at a desk during a typical work week, while 68 percent of the time in a work week, tablets get used at home.