When it rains it re­ally streams

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - FE­LIX DES­MARAIS

A rainy Christ­mas Day drove Kiwis to burn through their mo­bile data over the fes­tive break.

Three tel­cos said there was in­creased data use on Christ­mas, which MetSer­vice said co­in­cided with less than jolly skies in more densely pop­u­lated ar­eas com­pared to last year.

Spark, Vodafone and 2de­grees all re­ported sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in data usage on De­cem­ber 25 com­pared to the same day last year in­clud­ing a whop­ping 77 per cent data in­crease for 2de­grees cus­tomers.

In­creases were seen from Spark and Vodafone users, at 36 and 39 per cent re­spec­tively.

MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tui McInnes said rain fell on Christ­mas Day in the North and up­per South Is­lands dur­ing the day rather than the evening, as seen last year.

The in­creased use of mes­sag­ing apps meant phone calls and text mes­sag­ing had also fallen – the num­ber of texts sent by Spark cus­tomers fell from 13m last year, to 8m this Christ­mas. But the real flurry of com­mu­ni­ca­tions is ex­pected at new year.

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