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Attention Mobile Operators: Courting Apple Owners Is Good Business

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iPhone 4 owners will be worth more than $1.8 billion to AT&T this year, and more than $9 billion to it over the next five years, reports a survey from the Yankee Group.

"Apple iPhone owners shop more, buy more and remain more loyal to their phones than users of other devices," says Carl Howe, Yankee Group research director and author of the report. "Our surveys tell us that Apple is the most popular choice of consumers shopping for a new smartphone. Because those subscribers will earn more revenue for operators, mobile operators worldwide should be courting them."

The report also noted that iPhone users average 32 years of age with $100,000 of household income, compared with other smartphone users, who average 34 years of age with $85,000 of household income.

They also spend more time on the mobile Internet. The average mobile phone user spends 19 minutes a day browsing the mobile Internet. Smartphone users spend 32 minutes a day, while iPhone users top the scales at 37 minutes.

The average iPhone customer downloaded nearly 13 apps during the past 90 days; other smartphone owners average less than half that. In addition, iPhone owners are more interested in mobile transactions and conduct more m-commerce than users of other smartphones and mobile phones.

In conclusion, despite the fact that iPhone owners incur more bandwidth costs to the carrier, iPhone owners represent $5,345 in net revenue after subtracting out subsidies and bandwidth costs over five years, compared with just $5,097 for other smartphone owners.

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