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2010/03/08 11:35 KST
Wireless data usage surges over 100-fold after iPhone's launch

By Lee Youkyung
SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- Monthly usage of wireless data among smartphone users in South Korea surged over 100-fold during the first two months following the iPhone's launch here, a report from KT Corp. showed Monday.

   KT, South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier, released the iPhone in the domestic market on Dec. 1 through an exclusive contract with Apple Inc. Its sales surpassed the 400,000-unit mark as of Friday, said Pyo Hyun-myung, a KT president, via Twitter.

   Wireless data usage among KT smartphone users jumped significantly following the release, as the iPhone users are more prone to access the Web and download data with their smartphones than feature phone users, KT said.

   The monthly average usage of wireless data stood at 50 million megabytes in December and January, up 122-fold from the monthly average between January and November, according to the KT report, which surveyed its smartphone subscribers.

   The average wireless data usage per person also increased 10-fold over the cited period.

   More than 50 percent of iPhone users said they log on to the Apple "App Store" to download applications, which offer features beyond built-in functions. They spend US$5.4 on average each month to purchase applications from the store, according to the report.

   KT's report also showed that 65.6 percent of iPhone users were male, more than twice the number of female iPhone users.