Boingo: iPhone Tromps Android for Airport Wi-Fi Use

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Smartphones based on Google’s Android OS may be popular, but they hold up against Apple’s iPhone, at least for Wi-Fi usage in airports. According to statistics from Wi-Fi service company Boingo, iOS devices account for more than 83 percent of the traffic on its wireless networks.

iOS devices more popular than Android on Boingo's networksiOS more popular on Boingo Wi-Fi networks than Android

“iOS has a commanding market share of mobile devices actively using Wi-Fi in those same venues, representing more than 83 percent of mobile total,” the Boingo report stated. “Android more than tripled its market share from 2010, but is still a distant fourth place to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.”

The report also said that smartphones and tablets accounted for 58.9 percent of the Wi-Fi devices in airports in June, jumping ahead of laptops.

Boingo said the “overall size of the Wi-Fi device market has increased fivefold in the last five years, with laptops doubling overall while the explosive growth of smartphones/tablets constituted the bulk of the growth.”

Boingo culled the report’s information from Web analytics data gathered from over 60 airports in North America and Europe, and from more than 400,000 of its hotspots from around the world.

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CJ

Of course they have a commanding lead using wifi at airports, because most iphones are on AT&T and switch to wifi whenever possible so their data connection doesn’t suck.  I never use wifi on verizon, because i dont have to

Androids don't need wifi like iphones do

Androids 3g or 4g networks work, while iPhones don’t.  While traveling almost always my iphone workmates end up asking to use my Androids WiFi capability.  This reason alone has made five of them change over to Android .  Sonme of them are even making money letting other iPhone users use the WiFi.  I just greet a kick or of it cause iPhone users end up in the losing end when their iPhones don’t work.  And all of them know I’ll put them down.

Makes perfect sense to me, iPhone require WiFi Android have speedier 3g or 4g service. They don’t need to pay extra.

shazam

iPhones are on the verizon network too smarty pants.

CJ

iPhones are on the verizon network too smarty pants.

  Yes i know, but only a small fraction of the iPhone user base is on verizon. It wasnt quite the hit they hoped it would be, nor was it the Android killer that every apple fanboy claimed it would be

Intruder

It wasnt quite the hit they hoped it would be,


Ummm… Except it is the best selling phone at Verizon.

CJ

Ummm? Except it is the best selling phone at Verizon.

Umm.. except it still only accounts for 10% of the Verizon Smartphone subscriber base, compared to 85% Android and 5% other.

i.e. Not as successful as they expected.

Shazam

Verizon IPad 2 with 3G+Wi-Fi sells like hot cakes. I bet a ton of those use wifi at airport too.

CJ

Verizon IPad 2 with 3G+Wi-Fi sells like hot cakes. I bet a ton of those use wifi at airport too.

Very true, they did say iOS, not just iphones

Intruder

Umm.. except it still only accounts for 10% of the Verizon Smartphone subscriber base, compared to 85% Android and 5% other.

i.e. Not as successful as they expected.

Specious argument. The iPhone hasn’t even been with Verizon for a full year yet. Android has been on Verizon much longer. Lots of locked-in contracts. Most people won’t drop existing contracts and pay the penalty to upgrade their phone. They just wait until they are eligible to upgrade and then do it.

By all indications, Verizon has been very happy with the success of the iPhone, as has Apple. They are selling every one they make. 10% share in 8 months is remarkable. To say otherwise is ignoring the facts.

CJ

Specious argument. The iPhone hasn?t even been with Verizon for a full year yet. Android has been on Verizon much longer. Lots of locked-in contracts. Most people won?t drop existing contracts and pay the penalty to upgrade their phone. They just wait until they are eligible to upgrade and then do it.

By all indications, Verizon has been very happy with the success of the iPhone, as has Apple. They are selling every one they make. 10% share in 8 months is remarkable. To say otherwise is ignoring the facts.

I never said it was a bad phone, and i never said it wasn’t selling. I also never said Verizon wasnt happy with it.

What i am saying is that for a good 3 months before the iPhone came to Verizon every mac person i know, and every apple fanboy on the internet said that the iPhone coming to Verizon would decimate androids market share and that did not happen.

Is the iPhone a success?  yes.  Is it doing well? yes.  As well as everyone at Verizon and every apple user i saw or talked to said it would do? NO.

The simple fact is the way apple operates, and the way they make their devices just isnt for some people.  Not everone wants a phone that looks exactly the same.  Not everyone wants to use itunes.  Not everyone enjoys being told what is good for them and having their decisions made for them.

I like a big screen, i like widgets, i like to pick between a physical keyboard and a virtual keyboard,  i like getting free apps, even if i have to deal with ads, i despise itunes, and its very obvious, i’m not alone

Intruder

Funny that you choose to use the word “decimate”, since that is, quite literally, what Apple did. They reduced by 10%. Your numbers, not mine.

I love how android fans make blanket statements regarding what “every Apple fanboy” has said without anything to back it up, and on a site that has made it pretty clear that it believes that Android will hold a dominant position in the smartphone arena.

You are correct that Apple’s products aren’t for everyone. Just like Android isn’t for everyone. And that’s just fine. Enjoy your phone. There is plenty of room in the market fo everybody.

CJ

Hmm, I guess we have different definitions of decimate.  I guess according to your definition apple has decimated global PC sales with their 10% market share there too. I don’t really even need to locate apple fanboy statements there are enough around for anyone to find. Including the new belief that the iPhone 5 is the savior of iOS and will bring the iPhone back to top marketshare.  But as you said, plenty of room in the market for everyone.

Intruder

It is not my definition. It is THE definition of decimate. Deci is “by ten”.

iPhone 5 is not the savior of iOS because iOS is not in need of saving. Only hardcore android fans and staunch Apple haters think ( or fervently hope) that it is.

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