FierceWireless April 19, 2018
According to new data from wireless monitoring company OpenSignal, mobile customers aren’t using Wi-Fi as much as they used to. The firm attributed the trend to the fact that all of the nation’s wireless network operators—Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint—have been pushing unlimited data plans for more than a year now.
“Not surprisingly, our data, which covers the 90 days from December 1, 2017, shows that time on Wi-Fi has fallen across three out of the four major operators,” wrote OpenSignal’s Peter Boyland on the company’s blog. “But more notable is the fact that the ‘big two’ AT&T and Verizon saw the greatest drop in our measurements. As unlimited data plans in the U.S. become more ubiquitous, customers appear less concerned about finding a ‘free’ Wi-F connection, leaning more on their ‘unlimited’ 3G and 4G networks for connectivity.”