Study: 3G/4G tablets suck up 3X more data than smartphones

This probably won’t shock you, but tablets connected to 3G and 4G networks consume a lot more data than their smartphone equivalents. However, on Tuesday video optimization vendor Bytemobile reported exactly how much: iPads eat up three times more data than iPhones over the cellular network.

Forget wireless bandwidth hogs, let’s talk solutions

Sending a bit over a wireless network is 200 times more expensive than sending a bit over wireline, which explains some of the high costs and limits of wireless data plans. How can operators drive down these prices so wireless doesn’t lose its luster?

Prevent the data tsunami from swamping cell networks

Nokia Siemens Network and AT&T offered new data points today on how mobile broadband demand may swamp networks, but each also offered solutions outside of throttling and raising prices. With some technical savvy and Wi-Fi, maybe the mobile future isn’t so impossible.

The Trouble With iPhones

The iPhone (s aapl) has not only changed the way people consume data on their mobile phones — thanks to its touchscreen, and the myriad of apps that make grabbing such info from the web on a small device easy — it’s changed assumptions as to which devices consume the most data on mobile networks. Bytemobile, a company that provides equipment for carriers to help deliver video and data to mobile devices using less bandwidth, issued a report today that shows the difference in data consumption by device among carriers that have the iPhone and carriers that don’t. It’s pretty significant. Read More about The Trouble With iPhones

Variable Pricing Coming to Mobile Broadband?

As people start taking advantage of always-on access to mobile broadband, and new fourth generation cellular networks are deployed, carriers are considering how to protect their data services revenue. They don’t want to make the mistakes made in the broadband wireless world that led to ISPs becoming dumb pipes. They also have to consider how to best use more constrained network resources.

Right now many “unlimited” mobile broadband plans have very real limits (about 5 GB per month in the U.S.). But faster networks encourage more devices (not just mobile phones) to hop on and try to stream videos, share files and generally use network resources, which means carriers need to think about out how to control data usage and keep their profit margins healthy. Read More about Variable Pricing Coming to Mobile Broadband?