Is Cheap Or Nearly Free Data Making Indian Subscribers Mobile Addicts?

Addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. As per a survey by Ipsos, India ranked No. 1 among 23 major internet using countries whose citizens confessed they can’t live without the internet. The survey had a sample size of more than 18,000 respondents. As much as 82 percent of the total internet users in India verified the above dictum.


The United Kingdom (UK) ranked second with 78 percent affirming the same. China, despite being the most populous country, was placed at the third with 73 percent after the United Kingdom.

As per the 2017 Internet Trends report by Kleiner Perkins Internet connectivity in India grew faster than the rest of the world, users in India grew by 28 percent while global internet user growth was flat at 10 percent. Internet users in the country rose from 4% in 2009 and 27% by 2016 end. (Courtesy: Kleiner Perkins Internet Trends Report)

India has about 450 million mobile internet users at present, which is second only to China globally. This number is very significant as the tech giants have been introducing apps specially designed for low-speed data markets like India. Examples include Microsoft’s Skype Lite and LinkedIn Lite, Facebook Lite and Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), that promote faster loading on smartphones even on slower speeds.

As per a World Economic Forum report, China and India contribute a large part of Asia’s share i.e. 49.8% in the global internet user base. This means almost half of the world’s internet users live in these two countries.

With 4G data costs falling, the number of mobile users will increase. This increase in users is good as long as the user understands the risk of usage of mobile Internet. The legal age for any citizen to be eligible to purchase a SIM card in India is 18 years. Recently, we lost a few of our young souls to the Blue Whale. This could have been avoided only if we had tough measures in place for young mobile internet users. In May 2017, India was among the top 5 markets in terms of total time spent on apps on Android phones, according to a study by app analytics firm App Annie.

Though India has the second highest number of Internet users worldwide at present, by 2021 it is estimated that the country will have 635.8 million internet users which translate into a nearly equal number of mobile internet users.

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September 17, 2017 8:02 pm 8:02 PM

i just want to say that in colonies/closed societies the people should have a common public high speed wifi so that the daily needs of all colony people be fulfilled by it. for personal secure works like payments use your mobile data, and since you will have less data in mobile no need to struggle to consume daily limits.

as we have in our institute in vrindavan. one 5mbps(rs2000/month) common for all. rarely anybody i have seen putting more than 1gb data pack in their mobile.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 16, 2017 2:22 pm 2:22 PM

My Rcom GSM Zero plan expired on 29th August, but I’m still getting unlimited data.

Jio lover
September 16, 2017 4:45 pm 4:45 PM

Wat about calls?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 16, 2017 7:38 pm 7:38 PM

I don’t use it for calling. Just Internet. Need to consume 500 to 1.5TB a month

Jio lover
September 16, 2017 10:07 pm 10:07 PM

Is it possible at 3g speed?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 16, 2017 11:44 pm 11:44 PM

Yeah it’s possible. I get download speeds of 8 to 14Mbps on reliance 3g in Mumbai.

Lalit K
September 16, 2017 10:37 am 10:37 AM

Its a common thing – additions never go off easy. Telecoms knew this hence they started giving more and more data. And the story cont…

I still use 1GB of data a month on aviod networks as personally I don’t want to get involved in accidents while watching or surfing net when I am on move. Telco won’t pay bill accidents bills.

In the end it is a personal choice. Be safe guys