16% to 26% of U.S. Mobile Customers Use OTT Messaging At Least Once a Month

These days, it is hard to distinguish between use of text, voice and video features of over the top "VoIP" apps, but in many countries a majority of smart phone customers use an over the top messaging app during a typical month. 
In the U.S. market, perhaps 26 percent of smart phone users surveyed by Yankee Group use an over the top VoIP app once a month. About eight percent report using an app daily, while 10 percent report they do so at least weekly. 
Japanese smart phone panelists are the predominant users of Voice over IP (VoIP) applications on mobile devices, among seven countries tracked by Arbitron Mobile. That usage includes any messaging features of over the top VoIP apps.
Almost 70 percent of the smart phone panelists in Japan accessed VoIP apps during the month of January 2013, spending six hours and 25 minutes with voice and messaging apps. 
The Arbitron Mobile on-device software meter reported that VoIP users in the Japan smart phone panel accessed their VoIP apps an average of 222 times in the month, three times more than panelists in Indonesia, who at 65.9 sessions per month are the second most active users of VoIP apps across the seven Arbitron Mobile-based smart phone panels.
About 41 percent of Indonesia panelists use VoIP apps on their mobile devices, spending an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes a month.
China panelists are the least active users of VoIP apps. Only 16.4 percent of the China smart phone panel (operated by iResearch) accessed any VoIP apps in the month of January.

Panel
VoIP User %
VoIP Time Spent
(minutes per month)
Sessions/Month
Japan
68.2%
386.5
222.4
Indonesia
40.9%
134.9
65.9
United Kingdom
22.1%
79.2
35.1
United States
16.5%
77.6
35.6
Germany
27.0%
68.1
31.8
France
17.4%
65.2
34.3
China
16.4%
26.6
27.2
source: Arbitron
Japanese smart phone panelists, the heaviest users of mobile VoIP, spend the least amount of time—one hour, 36 minutes in the month—and have the fewest sessions—57.8 in the month—for carrier-based voice calls. 
Indonesian panelists, the second heaviest users of VoIP are the second lightest user of their carrier calling minutes.           

Panel
VoIP Time Spent
(minutes per month)
Voice Call Time Spent
(minutes per month)
Japan
386.5
96.3
Indonesia
134.9
109.0
United Kingdom
79.2
242.3
United States
77.6
460.6
Germany
68.1
167.8
France
65.2
298.4
China
26.6
225.6
source: Arbitron
Three VoIP apps occupy the leading position among Arbitron smart phone panelists around the world. Skype predominates in U.S. and Europe; LINE leads in Japan and Indonesia; and Youxin is the leader in a crowded field of VoIP apps in China.

Panel
VoIP
Apps
App User %
 App Time Spent
(minutes per month)
Number of
Sessions/Month
Japan
LINE
64.2%
392.3
225.7
Indonesia
LINE
27.6%
156.0
79.7
United Kingdom
Skype
14.4%
52.9
23.9
United States
Skype
11.5%
64.1
22.5
Germany
Skype
17.1%
53.1
23.1
France
Skype
12.8%
44.5
19.1
China
Youxin
4.7%
16.5
21.4
Arbitron
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