Report Shows Slide in US WiFi Use Amid Unlimited Plans

WirelessWeek  April 25, 2018 

The growth in unlimited data plans from U.S. wireless carriers is leading to less consumption of WiFi in the country, according to a recent analysis.

OpenSignal, which analyzed a 90-day period beginning on Dec. 1, 2017, found that the time spent on WiFi dropped for three of the four major U.S. carriers compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Verizon saw its share of time spent using WiFi fall from 54 percent to 51 percent, while AT&T’s share slid from 52 percent to 49 percent. T-Mobile, which was already the lowest at 43 percent in early 2017, declined to 41 percent at the end of the year and into 2018.

Sprint, the nation’s No. 4 carrier, saw its share of WiFi usage remain steady at 51 percent.

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