Apple is different from other companies in many ways; Its quality, style, charisma and above all, the pricing. Apple gadgets are generally the most expensive in their category in comparison with the rivals. The perception is true that this brand is exclusive for a class above normal. This does not end here. Not only one has to pay extra to buy Apple’s smart phone, one also has to pay the highest phone bills while owning an iPhone. Data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) proves this strange fact. Surprising right?

This may be due to the fact that iPhone users are generally offered the most expensive data plans in comparison to the users who do not go for the glamorous iPhone. This consumption of data plans on the iPhones causes the monthly bills to rise above the others. CIRP’s Michael Levin said;

“We think it has to do with their data plans and carriers, rather than their usage habits. They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidized plans with regional carriers.”

The money paid by the users doesn’t necessarily mean that carrier companies of Apple are more profitable. The problem is that the iPhone subsidy is much higher than the subsidy of Android or Windows devices. Surprisingly, although iPhone users pay more bills but the carriers are more likely to gain higher profit margins out of Android devices because of the subsidy leniency of Android smart phones.

“Given the subsidies on iPhones, the carriers are working hard to make their money back during the course of the contract,” CIRP’s Josh Levitz explained. “With the exception of perhaps the hottest Android phones, we think the subsidies on Android phones are lower, so the carriers make more money even with slightly lower per subscriber revenue.”