Amid the flurry of unlimited data plan announcements this week, mobile data measurement platform Ogury released new figures that indicate levels of 4G and WiFi data use vary widely across both carriers and state lines.
According to Ogury data, Sprint and T-Mobile customers connect to the internet on 4G the most, using 4G data 81 percent and 76.5 percent of the time, respectively. By contrast, Verizon users trend toward more WiFi connections, hopping on WiFi a little over two thirds of the time and utilizing 4G data just 34 percent of the time. AT&T customers split their time between 4G and WiFi almost completely evenly, with around 47 percent each.
But Ogury noted 4G vs WiFi usage also varies greatly depending on what state a customer is in.
Vermont topped the list of states where customers use WiFi connections for the internet the most, with 81 percent of the time. West Virginia came in second with 80 percent, while Main, New Hampshire, and Idaho rounded out the top five with 79 percent, 78 percent, and 76 percent, respectively.
On the opposite end of the scale, Colorado came in with the most 4G connections, at 62 percent of the time. The state was followed by Maryland with 54.6 percent, Georgia with 54.5 percent, Illinois with 54.4 percent, and Texas with 54 percent.
On a broader scale, Ogury found the United States topped the list of 4G countries, with 46 percent of internet connections made over 4G. France was in second with 30.3 percent, followed by Spain and Italy with just over 20 percent each, and Great Britain with 18 percent. The latter led countries in terms of WiFi connections, with 71 percent.
Ogury said its U.S. findings were based on data collected from more than four million U.S. user profiles collected in January, while the global data was based on more than 8 million mobile profiles across the globe.
The data can be found in infographic form here.