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Android vs the iPhone: which is more expensive?

iPhone owners tend to spend slightly more on mobile phone service than their Android counterparts, according to new data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

That has not deterred people from buying iPhones, however. Apple's smartphone (iPhone 5 pictured, top) leads in activations and users upgrade to new iPhones at a higher rate compared to rivals.

Nearly 60 per cent of iPhone users spend over $100 per month (£60) on phone bills, with 10 per cent spending over $200 (£125), compared to 53 per cent and 7 per cent of Android users, respectively. Apple, however, only produces smartphones, while other manufacturers also sell lower-cost feature phones.

Broken down by phone maker, 58 per cent of iPhone users spend over $100 per month (£60) in comparison compared to 53 per cent of Samsung owners, and 47 per cent of LG owners.

CIRP co-founder Michael Levin explained to All Things D that the difference may have to do more with data plans and carriers rather than usage.

"They are all on expensive data plans, unlike Android users, some of which are on prepaid or unsubsidised plans with regional carriers," he said.

Despite the fact that iPhone users spend more, it doesn't necessarily mean that the carriers are making more money, thanks to high iPhone subsidies, CIRP's Josh Levitz told ATD.