Men Lead Women In Wireless Usage

    June 13, 2007

Men average 458 minutes of monthly wireless phone usage, while women trail slightly with 453 minutes according to a new survey from AT&T.

Since the survey started in 2001, the largest gap in wireless phone usage between men and women was in 2002. Men averaged 598 minutes per month and women averaged 394 minutes.

The survey also found that 45 percent of wireless subscribers use text-messaging and 44 percent use the camera feature. Seventeen percent of users play games on their cell phone and 11 percent access wireless email.

Women use the gaming, camera and text messaging features more frequently and men use wireless email and access the Internet more frequently then women.

Overall, men and women use cell phones more than home phones on average (455 minutes compared with 394 minutes). Women on average, spend more time on home phones than men. Women use a home phone 532 minutes compared with only 237 minutes for men.

"Women are quickly catching up with men in cell phone usage, illustrating that all consumers enjoy the flexibility and mobility that wireless phones add as they communicate with friends, family and business colleagues," said Tim Klein, vice president, AT&T’s wireless unit.

"AT&T is aggressively growing its portfolio to become the only wireless company these men and women will ever need."