Speaking during an earnings call on Wednesday, Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, claimed that iPhones on the Sprint network used much less network resources than users of other smartphone platforms. This is one of the main reasons that Sprint decided to add the iPhone to its portfolio of handsets.

“There is a misperception that our launch of the iPhone will increase the load on Sprint’s 3G network and require us to spend more 3G capital,” Hesse said. “The reverse is true. iPhone users are expected to use significantly less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G, 4G device. Even adjusting for more total new customers being added to the network, we believe they will put less load on our 3G network than they would have if we did not carry the iPhone.”

A lot of chatter suggests that the iPhone is a very data efficient device and that is why Sprint expects to see this reduction in data consumption. While I wouldn’t necessarily argue with that point, it is much more likely to be Apple’s management of data. Most, if not all data intensive tasks on the iPhone have to be performed over Wi-Fi rather than 3G. Android does not have any of these restrictions; so it would follow that it could potentially consume much more mobile data than the iPhone.

Source: All Things D