1 gig of data enough?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jstar002, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    I am considering which AT&T plan to get...

    Is 1 gig of data enough if I will probably spend 2 hours a day surfing but not streaming videos or youtube/movies at all. Just forums, sites like Macrumors, twitter Latimes and other web sites... I surf around a lot though...

    I maybe get around 100 e-mails a day max from all my e-mail accounts...

    Do you think 1 gig will be enough?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    I would go with 2gb to be fine, but 1 GB sounds fine for your uses
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    I did use the calculator btw http://www.att.com/att/datacalculator/#fbid=CRMZUhni-Co

    Max number of emails I put as 3600 emails to be safe

    I probably will visit at least 50 pages a day though... maybe 100 since lte is so fast so I dunno... I surf a lot. My blackberry takes 35-40 seconds to load a page and I still spend hours surfing on it daily... I only have a desktop so I use my phone for browsing when lying in bed etc.

    I actually do have wireless but just curious how much data it would use if I didn't have wireless...

    Which plan should I get?

    I only have 1 line....However I'm considering the mobile share plan cause it comes with unlimited talk and text plus 1 gig of data for $85...

    Second option is the individual plan with 450 min w/rollover and 5,000 night and weekend minutes ($39.33), 3 gigs of data ($30), unlimited text ($20).... for a total of $90...

    It would be nice to have unlimited talk and text...

    I actually work from home so I do have wireless. However, I read a topic on here about people still being charged for data while using wireless so it could be an issue.

    And just in case I end up leaving my house more often and needing to use data... you never know...
  4. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    How often are you able to connect to wifi? I'm almost always able to connect, so I don't use much data through AT&T.
  5. macrumors 68040


    AT&T an unlimited messaging with unlimited mobile to any mobile plan (unlimited calling to and from any mobile phone on any carrier) for $20. Same price as unlimited texting alone.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    I don't see this plan for unlimited mobile to mobile and messaging anywhere on their site at all https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/individualplans.html
  7. macrumors 68040


  8. jstar002, Dec 15, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012

    thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
  9. macrumors 68040


    Maybe they call a lot of businesses / land lines. Seems like this is a good option for you since you'll get 3gb of data and unlimited mobile calling for an extra $5 compared to the 1gb plan you were considering.

    Less worrying about going over your data.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    I think you're over thinking it. Use wifi whenever it's available. I don't even watch my data usage during the month and I've never used more than 500mb.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
    New York
  12. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009

    Depends on your usage. I've had these stats unreset for about a year and see how much data I've used.

    I think you would need more than 1GB. 100 pages a day is a lot. But I wouldn't say more than 3GB.

    If you have Sprint LTE in your area, you might want to consider it. It's unlimited. And sure the LTE isn't *as* fast but past 10Mb/s you wont even notice
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    From what I read on the Sprint boards its very spotty in my area (L.A). They are still in the process of getting it covered so some areas have it while others don't. I don't want to risk it and then get stuck with slow data. Who knows how long it could take.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    That's true.
    Did you see Verizon? Heard that it is considerably better than AT&T in that area.
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Not in my city. Another person on this forum stated they only got 1 bar with Verizon in West Hollywood.
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    If you don't plan on streaming video or anything 1gb should be enough.
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Even if I spend hours daily surfing around?
  18. macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    So long as youre not downloading files or looking at video clips, it should be fine. Why not just try it for a month. If it doesn't work, upgrade.
  19. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Yea, not videos or downloading but I might be uploading photos to Instagram. I heard that takes up data as well...
  20. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Do you only get charged data for emails you open or if they download (even if you don't open them).
  21. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    ok, well i signed up for the 1 gig plan mobile share plan with ATT even though i have 1 device cause its cheaper... so we'll see how it goes once i get my phone.
  22. macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    I was just about to say, then I read that you signed up for 1 gig. I would sign up for the 1 gig and then if you find that you are getting close to going over just call and upgrade to more data.
  23. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
  24. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    As with any question on usage it really depends on your usage. It sounds like 1GB is enough but if you really want an answer you need to monitor your specific usage. X number of email and Y number of web sites really doesn't mean anything. Email size varies and web site content varies.

    You get charged for data used. If email is delivered to your device then data was used to get it to you. It didn't magically arrive on your phone through the ether. ;)

    IIRC images and attachments are not pulled until you open the email though.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    Am I the only one 100% covered by WiFi? Starbucks, Work, Home, Parent's House, Church, College, Relative's Houses, ..... Well *****... I don't know why I don't just get an iPod touch with Skype :(.

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