The Network: Consuming More Data
With the creation of new devices, usage will normally increase. The creation of the original Apple iPhone saw a rise in data usage previously unknown to telephone carriers. With faster devices hitting the networks, capacity continues to increase with no bounds.
Data usage on wireless network carriers was measured. The iPhone 3G was used as a base unit of measurement.
iPhone 3G -> iPhone 4 = 1.6x increase
iPhone 3G -> iPad 2 = 2.3x increase
iPhone 3G -> iPhone 4S = 3x increase
AT&T was generally shown as faster than Verizon.
Verizon was generally shown to have wider coverage than AT&T.
Next Generation 4G:
Verizon started rolling out 4G services in December 2010.
AT&T brought 4G to 15 cities by end of 2011.
AT&T expanded 4G to a total of 26 cities in Jan 2012.