How much cellphone data do you use monthly?

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asked Jun 17, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I have an iPhone 3G. As you know smartphones eat up data like it's nothing, and I'm wondering what do you guys use a month?

I have T-Mobile, and I have the $50 unlimited talk, text and web, since I use Edge, I have nothing to fear about the 100MB 4G cap, as I don't use 4G. That'll change when I switch to Android, but for the time being it's fine. I use 300-400MB a month, and I usually surf the internet, go on Facebook, Lockergnome, constantly download Email from Gmail, download things via Cydia and the App Store and finally use apps like ESPN's Scorecenter and the Speedtest app.

In other carriers I'd be considered a heavy hitter using more than what people would actually use. I know that overseas, when I'm in the Dominican Republic I use Orange Dominicana's legacy unlimited everything plan for RD$3,000 or $77.22. That's been holding me well, and I have 3G access as well! What about you guys? Are you guys heavy hitters as well?

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^This hasn't been reset since I last reinstalled iOS in February.

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^My plan on T-Mobile and how much data I used this month.

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8 Answers

+1 vote
answered Jun 17, 2012 by Compucore (2,451 points)
To be honest I have a smartphone over here. But it is on a pay as you go plan where I pay every 2 months or so $50 plus taxes. I opted out for the data plan for it since I can connect it to my wireless at home via my router. So the wireless data plan that you can get through your local carrier I don't really need personally. And I usually monitor the amount of data that I do use through my ISP provider over here.
commented Jun 17, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
That's good, but I don't like how carriers sometimes force you to get data. Sometimes you don't need data, like on an old Nokia I keep in my car for emergencies, T-Mobile never forced me to get a data package, and plus it's a prepaid device too, only has a couple bucks.
commented Jun 17, 2012 by Compucore (2,451 points)
Well that's it with my I have Virgin mobile up here in Canada. Which Bell actually bought the Canadian Carrier of Virgin Mobile. They had asked me if I wanted to go with one of the other plans. Since I have like one of their grandfather plans over here on the pay as you go. I told them no thanks. and gave them a stern old man look there. Like you I never really had it even needed the data plan with my old Audiovox. Which couldn't even go on the web itself. So even with my Galaxy Gio. I stick with what I like and that is about it. Pay every couple of months so I don't loose my number and use the phone as I need it.
+1 vote
answered Jun 17, 2012 by Lee Wood (2,385 points)
Here in Denmark since I bought my first iPhone, I have been averaging 3GB a month... But at the moment I am under 1GB, so I have changed my plan to a 1GB data plan until i start using data more.

By the time i start using more data again my 1GB will probably have been changed til an higher amount due to the fact we have competition here between the carriers! :o)
commented Jun 17, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I use so much data, yet I can't enjoy it fully since my iPhone is stuck on EDGE until later this year when T-Mobile turns on the 1900mhz spectrum to give me and the 3 million unlocked iPhones 3G speeds.
+1 vote
answered Jun 18, 2012 by JordanV (4,116 points)
I normally use between 2GB-3GB of data.  One month I went over my 5GB limit and I was throttled.  I also am a T-Mobile customer.
commented Jun 18, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
If I had 4G or even 3G, I would use more than a Gig for sure.
+2 votes
answered Jun 22, 2012 by swagmanT (540 points)
Even with having Unlimited data, I only use around 50-80mb/month because most everywhere I go has free wi-fi that I can connect to, so there's really no reason to use my data.
commented Jun 25, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Cool bro, I would connect to WiFi, but my School recently locked their WiFi (and that is where I use most of my data at), so I'm stuck with EDGE speeds for now.
commented Jun 25, 2012 by swagmanT (540 points)
That sucks man.  I know how you feel.  I have an unlocked Palm Pixi Plus on Tmobile and until my area gets "4g" on the 1900mhz band, I too am stuck on EDGE. My school keeps theirs locked but they tell us the password since we have to have it because they provide Macbooks every school year for us to use during the day and for $40 we can take them home every day during the school year. Its a pretty sweet deal but after 4 years of high schooler's abuse, they're in pretty rough shape.
commented Jun 27, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)

It used to be unlocked, but they recently locked it back. Oh well, this year they might unlock it back!

I use a Clear MiFi for my laptop at school, yes Clear MiFi, why don't I use it for my phone? I have a USB stick, -___-. Since they locked it just for the school laptops and not for personal ones anymore.
commented Jun 28, 2012 by swagmanT (540 points)
Haha.  That sucks man.  Dont they make like portable routers though that you can plug the usb stick into and make it wifi?
commented Jun 28, 2012 by swagmanT (540 points)  Here is one thats rated 4 stars.  I've seen ones cheaper than this one though.
commented Jun 28, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
If Clear accepts them, I'll use it. I got the Clear USB stick free, because they were running a promotion. The routers were full priced when I came in -__-
commented Jun 28, 2012 by swagmanT (540 points)
That sucks.  It says that It will accept any usb 3g/4g modem, so It should work.
+1 vote
answered Jun 25, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
i don't personally have a "smart phone" so I my self use 0 bandwidth each month , how ever I know people who do have  smart phones and along with all the other gadgets and above and beyond the contract limits with g3 and ISP they are paying upwards of $350 to $700 a month  for internet home and cell bandwidth this would include using  gaming systems net flix computers tablet several smart phones ..

most ISPs today are metering bandwidth allowing a max of 40GB  a month for $39 a month an additional charge of $1.50 gb over that paid for in advance this gets costly if you have a house of 3 or 5 people, this don't even include any payment for cloud services  web hosts domain names music purchases other then streaming  :)

I know for many that sounds a tad steep but when you stop and consider in the average home today there can be upwards of 25K in eletronic toys that use the internet and bandwith in some way 24/7 $350 to $700 from a providers point of veiws is fair ..

many house holds have gave up the land line phone cable service to help defray the cost of running and using there  gadgets I  think it goes without saying here you just don't welkin and use someone wireless  it is all pretty much lock and protected very well it it costs dearly most  hotels and such offer free wifi though may control it pretty close and can switch it on and off in each room it cant be used from outside   ..
commented Jun 27, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Lool, trust me if I had a meg down I would be doing a lot more things than just browsing the web. TWC doesn't meter our bandwidth, and I'm lucky for that. If I were on Comcast, I would be so tight because I would run out of bandwidth in a few days. I would give up the landline but the landline is good to have just in case. Hotels suck with their WiFi because I tried to use it and they blocked all the good sites, and if the sites weren't blocked, the WiFi speed felt like Dial-Up at times. Must've been the hotel I stayed at in Cali (Hilton LAX North), but other hotel's wifi I like such as the La Grunta hotel in San Francisco, their internet was on point with 3G speeds.
commented Jun 27, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
I use to be a TWC customer, I am in Canada now they were already a year ago talking contracts and offering data caps for the monthly fee as well as limited phone service data cap as that also uses band width VOIP  at that time believe me its heading you way and fast ..

they were still deciding on the set up and class levels of service , they wanted the unlimited  offer gets over whelming with the amount of devices per house hold using bandwidth..
there are also more then one think  people using there home service to try and run web ftp and mail server that cause then issues little do they know service  is already set up by priority and these items are 0 on that list outside of business class ..

everyone who was suggesting verizon for unlimited cell bandwidth can forget it they have already set limits and additional fees for over useage for all fios has done the same ..
commented Jun 27, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
They have FiOS "Quantum" now, Which is the highest tier 300mb down/65mb up? That's $205/month, that's the cable bill right there, lmao. If they cap my internet, I will move to a market with true unlimited, best believe that.
commented Jun 27, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
ahh Quantum thats another name for AOL Little fact not many know :)

maybe something  long ago maybe they hope most had forgotten and they were  back then also tied  with TWC
commented Jun 27, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Ah. Cool bro. If only T-Mobile would hurry up with the 1900mhz spectrum, I would be doing SO MUCH! YouTube loads, but watching a video would take 5 minutes to buffer on EDGE and on 3G as I've seen on AT&T is almost instant.
commented Jun 27, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
FiOS is Verizon, I don't know if you were confused, lol.
commented Jun 27, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
yeah kind of a funny story back when in the early days of internet when providers were far and few and cost was roughtly $3 an hour to do anything there was really no graphic web browsers..

92-93 I had , had computers but I got my first windows computer a packard bell and AOL I guess had just came out with version 1 of there program for windows floppies were more readily avalable then water..

I picked one up and registered for an AOL account it was the only company at the time that would take E checks if you had no creidt card and the charge was like $19 a month + $3 fee and any ;ong distance phone charges if they didnt have a toll free modem number in your local area but they were offering first 90 days free they would forgo the $19 a month ..

any how got buzzing along with AOL and several month went by one day my now ex wife came to me and asked who" quantum computer service" was I had no clue she was pretty upset and concern because they had just taken  about 2 weeks pay from the chrecking account hehe she had charges from this company frozzen ..

about 10 days went by and I cam home one day to  no AOL no matter what I tried I couldnt connect so I called after waiting  about 2 hours a rep got on the phone we discovered my account was canceled I owed them $300 more for the last months service and the bank said  there access was fozzen ..
learned then quantom computer service is AOL's corprate name  AOL is Trade name :)

needless to say that 90days of free service cost me around $950
commented Jun 28, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
hehe not confused the name quantum reminded me of that story which now is funny back then not so much :P

you just never forget the name of  a company that gives you something free for a $1000
+1 vote
answered Apr 19, 2013 by swagmanT (540 points)
I know this is an old thread, but After I upgraded to an HTC Radar 4G, and then recently upgraded again to an HTC Amaze 4G, which both get T-Mobile 4g (and Have hotspot and I dont get charged because I'm on prepaid), I'm averaging 1-3gb per month because me and my friends use my hotspot and unlimited data plan to access facebook and youtube at school. XD  I'd say actual phone data usage ranges from 700mb-1gb a month.  I have the unlimited up to 5gb 4G Plan Through T-Mobile.
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answered Apr 30, 2013 by BackInBattle (1 point)
I use around 7GB a month.
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answered May 1, 2013 by Razor512 (16,586 points)
Don't have a data plan, but last month, over wifi I used around 8 GB and most of it was streaming video.

I tend to watch youtube videos in my subscription list while surfing the web on my tablet (mainly while in bed)

So I will have the stick it application running which allows me to play a video in a window while using the browser, and will just catch up on some revision 3, froknowsphoto, and eevblog videos

Generally before going to sleep, and on weekends, also in the morning before getting out of bed.

those rather short bursts of usage adds up to around 8+ GB a month
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