How much data do you use?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iphonehype, Aug 11, 2013.


How much data to you use averagely per month?

  1. <500MB

    54 vote(s)
  2. <1.GB - 2GB

    70 vote(s)
  3. 2GB - 4GB

    61 vote(s)
  4. 5GB+

    67 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012

    So my phone bills with Orange UK / EE have been coming up to 100odd for the last year or so.

    Never thought much of it, as I make a lot of international calls.

    Anyway got a text from Orange saying I went over my data allowance this month. Turns out I am using 5.5GB per month :eek:

    My standard tariff is:

    Unlimited Minutes
    Unlimited Texts
    3GB of data per month.

    Thinking of moving there charging me stupid money, and they never told me!!
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    I had Unlimited w/VZW for years but have since switched over to their Share Everything w/8gb data pool.

    The max data we've used in the past 12 months on the plan w/ 4 active smartphones (2x iPhones & 2 x HTC Incredible 2) has been 700mb.

    Everybody on the plan has been well trained to leave wifi turned on and use it when/wherever available.

    I use monstrous amounts of data. But with wifi just about everywhere, we have yet to break the 1gb barrier even with my selfish data usage.


    I've never understood how people can chew through so much data every month.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    Unlimited on 3 consume about 6gb on a quiet month
  4. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I have unlimited, but usually use 2-3 GB per month.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Here's my usage with my AT&T unlimited data plan. I'd be SOL if I didn't have unlimited data lol.

    Running speed tests uses A LOT OF DATA. That and having Spotify on high quality.

  6. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Just out of curiosity--have you been throttled?

    My data usage is all over the map. Anywhere between 1GB and and 6.5GB per month. I stream a lot of music and some video. The gym doesn't have public wifi.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    I use 1-1.5gb per month on my iPhone 5 and use wifi wherever possible. I only wish I could take my moms unlimited data plan and switch it with my 2gb plan so I can watch Netflix whenever, since she uses barely any data on here GS4 on Verizon. I
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    I'm not sure how I go over 2GB, but I always end up going over every month. I'm happy though that I was grandfathered into the unlimited plan.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Not since March 2012. Funny how I went way over 5GB and still had normal speeds. I think they did away with that, or its done regional now.

    How many unlimited people can there be left anyway?
  11. Mrbobb, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Is like bank overdrafts. They nice to call u, Mr Smith, ur over drafted, want to proceed? NOPE. They just let u drown and send u the big bill later.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    That's interesting--so you were throttled at one point but not anymore? As I said, the most I've used is 6.5 GB but wondered if I could get away with more. I'm switching Internet providers next week and there will be a gap where I don't have wifi. :D
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Realistically I average around 3Gb per month

    Never exceeded 4.5GB

    I've always had unlimited data tariffs, previously O2 which usually achieved 2-3Mbps on 3G

    Now I'm on three and my average usage has risen a lot. Much more video, film and music use now.

    It would be rude not to with 3G speeds like this


    Seems my usage pales into insignificance looking at these other posts. Home and work has wifi maybe that's why.
  14. macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    According to AT&T I used:


    In the past 3 months.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Oh I definitely was. I was throttled every month they if I usually went over 2GB. Like I said before, I haven't noticed any decrease in speeds since about March 2012. I couldn't have used as much as I have if I was throttled. I believe when I was throttled it like 50kbps down with low pings.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2013
    I recommend giffgaff.... They're PAYG but offer "goodybags" that expire after a month, so basically a contract you're not tied in to. I use them and find them great! :)
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    I just been thinking I think it's iTunes Match that milks the data allowance. All music in the cloud milks the data allowance. No one here in the UK offers "unlimited" data allowance apart from Three. Apparently there the worst network for voice calls.


    Sounds very unprofessional use phone for work too!
  18. macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I'm on Verizon, and I think I use about 5 gb out of 6 gb from my family plan. That with my iPhone 5, a 4S, an HTC 3G thing, and an iPad 4th gen with LTE. Before my iPhone 5 when I had a blackberry (also before the iPad was added) we had unlimited, and I used less than 1 gb.

    I don't have wifi in my college apt, but I try to use it on campus and around town. The big jump probably has to do with available apps for BB versus the App Store. I also had Internet access at home previously and used my MacBook instead of my phone.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    I have a 5GB monthly plan but I never use more than 1GB.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2013
    I use less than 500MB even though I have unlimited (throttled after 5GB used). I use my phone mostly at home where I have wifi and I try not to watch videos unless I'm on wifi.

    Plus, I still only get 2G at my school because T-Mobile hasn't refarmed the 1900 MHz spectrum and I have a 4S so I don't have the patience to use much data there anyways.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    I've had an iphone 5 since launch day and have never used less than 50Gb per month, most months I average between 100-150Gb of data use....

    this costs me less than £20/ $30 per month :p
  22. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    *** damn!!! And I thought I used a lot!!! The hell do you do on your phone to wrack up that much??? Porn??? lol.
  23. macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2009
    25 - 30GB per month. I mostly use my unlimited data plan for tethering.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    haha, as I get such a great deal I use it as my sole internet connection at home. I also get better speeds than I can get through a wired connection here...
  25. macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2011
    So far 3.457 GB of my unlimited data plan on t-mobile I am expecting this to rise soon because school is starting and I usually use my phone for tethering and other stuff. During school usage it usually is at about 6-7 GB but not much more than that.

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