Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s voice recognition software Siri has prompted owners of the iPhone 4S to use almost twice as much data compared with the handset’s predecessor, placing greater pressure on operators, network firm Arieso said.
“Voice is the ultimate human interface,” Arieso Chief Technology Officer Michael Flanagan said in an interview in London. “As you lower the barriers,” consumers will use their smartphones’ functions even more often, he said. Arieso, based in Atlanta, advises clients such as Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), Telefonica SA (TEF) and Nokia Siemens Networks Oy on how to manage wireless networks.
Apple brought in Siri, dubbed a virtual personal assistant, in its latest iPhone update in October. With a few spoken words, the artificial-intelligence feature helps iPhone users schedule appointments, write text messages and check the local weather. Arieso said it measured more than 1 million subscribers across a single European network in both urban and rural areas, without identifying the operator.
The strain of data-intensive devices may place additional pressure on mobile operators as they build out faster networks. Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. carrier, said this week the number of iPhones it sold doubled to 4.2 million in the fourth quarter.
iPhone 4S will land in China and 21 other countries on January 13. So, will the iPhone 4S feature Siri work in Mandarin?
Siri, how do you say “profit” in Chinese? One answer‘s digital assistant might consider giving is: Start selling the in .
And on Jan. 13, Apple will do just that.
Verizon Wireless more than doubled its iPhone sales during the December quarter, as the company sold some 4.2 million units during the holiday season. Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon Communications, announced the news at a Citigroup event held Wednesday in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg.
Mr. Shammo said that the accomplishment will lower the company’s margins by 500 to 600 basis points (five percent to six percent). That’s a heavy hit to margins, and it is due to the higher subsidies carriers must pay to Apple compared to most other smartphones and cellphones. The investment is generally expected to pay off over time with higher revenues for data usage.