How do data plans for smartphones work? Or more specifically, how is the data calculated? I'm on AT&T, and I plan to have the 200 MB for $15 a month plan. It says:
â€¢For Web surfing, sending email, and social networking
â€¢65% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB per month
â€¢If you go over, you'll get an additional 200 MB automatically for $15
So my questions are:
1) If I do anything besides Web, email, and social networks, will I be charged extra?
2) If most of thier customers use less than 200MB, do you think it will be enough? I fairly computer literate, and would like to be able to use my phone to the fullest extent.
3) What phone activities would most likely push me beyond 200MB?
Answer by Zlpha · Jan 09, 2011 at 09:21 PM
The only thing that will bring you even close to 200mb is HD video from something like youtube.
I have a 2 gig plan, and I frequently push the limit, but only because I watch a lot of youtube on it. With only email and social networks, you'd be hard pressed to push it to 200 mb.
Answer by Darkfibre · Jan 09, 2011 at 10:54 PM
They say it is for "Web surfing, sending email, and social networking" because anything else would put you over the limit within days. For example, the android version of pandora uses 20-30mb per hour
Also, the "65% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB per month" is a delusion that exists only in the heads of the AT&T execs (and in the scripts that AT&T's PR people are required to read). This delusion is the main reason you can't get decent data speeds in large metropolitan areas.
If you only need 200mb per month, you probably don't need a smartphone.
Answer by FizzNakLe · Jan 09, 2011 at 11:11 PM
It depends on the phone OS and what you want to do. I would agree with AT&T that 65% of wbe users don't use more than that.
Are you think, Android, iPhone, WP7, BlackBerry, etc.?
Android phones seem to be heavy data compared to other because the apps don't seem (to me) to be as light weight as other phones.
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