Two-Thirds of Americans Prefer Wi-Fi to Cellular
A recent survey by Deloitte has revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans prefer to connect their smartphones to Wi-Fi networks as opposed to the cellular networks offered by providers. For devices such as tablets, eReaders and laptops, the preference was overwhelmingly in favor of Wi-Fi over cellular connections.
According to Deloitte vice chairman and US telecommunications sector leader, Craig Wigginton, these percentages are not wholly surprising given that many mobile devices such as tablets are often used in fixed settings, such as at home or in the office. In total over 93% of respondents reported that they were more likely to use Wi-Fi than cellular connections when using a tablet, an e-reader or a laptop.
Mr Wigginton went on to say that although the US was a little slow in its adoption of Wi-Fi as a preferred connection method, the figures showed the change experts had long been expecting. The results of this year’s survey represent quite the reversal of fortunes for Wi-Fi connectivity, which was only the preferred network for one third of respondents in last year’s survey.
The change in attitudes from American consumers is thought to be, at least in part, because of cellular data caps and the increased availability of Wi-Fi networks when out and about.