AT&T Unlimited Data Plan - How much data do you use?

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  1. iMas70 macrumors 65816

    Sep 4, 2012
    I do the normal e-mail/Facebook and surf the web along with stream music though apps like Pandora and iHeart Radio. I'll use 3-5GB most months. Streaming through this apps doesn't use much data. I swapped over to YouTube yesterday. Used it for about 4.5-5 hours. That ate up 3GB so it brought my monthly usage up to 5.5GB. Of course a speed test showed that I was being throttled. No problem using YouTube though. Did it again today and am up to 7.5GB. If I do this a few days each week for a month, I'd easily be up to about 40GB.

    I can definitely tell that connections and downloads are slower at .5 Mbps but it's not unusable.
  2. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2010
    Long Island
    i was barely using 3 gb a month, so i got rid of my unlimited plan.... my ISP provides plenty of hotspots that i can connect to wifi 85% of the time....
  3. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I only use about 4-5GB a month, but its more for the peace of mind of not having to worry about it. Tethering would be nice, but I think unlimited data is more important. Being able to stream movies always comes in handy.
  4. macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    Throttling isn't as bad as people make it out to be especially when you get low LTE pings. We have a 4 line family plan each line has unlimited data and each line uses average of 4-5GB/month. On my line I use 5'ishGB/month. None of the lines have been in situations where we needed or wanted to tether so that's not an 'issue' right now.

    What's important is not worrying about overages AND phone subsidies on a 2 year contract.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    3-5GB on a heavu month. Mostly 2-3 but not giving up my unlimited plan.

    I have use 6.5GB while on vacation and AT&T did not even text me a warning.

    Unlimited is "peach of mind" for me.
  6. iphone1027 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    I use about 4-5 GB per month. Last month I went over the "soft" limit to 5.5 GB and I didn't receive any "warning text message."
  7. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    I travel a lot so Netflix, Client Demos, Pandora, etc.
  8. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    I had the grandfathered, unlimited plan (which really wasn't unlimited anyway) for a very long time, but never used more than 2 Gigs of data a month - always seem to be where I have access to WiFi.
    So I dropped it and went with a lower tier plan to save a few dollars. I don't miss it, but could see where I might if I had fewer WiFi options available.
  9. lwilliams macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2012
    Athens, GA
    I use about 2.5 - 3 gb per month. But I am keeping my unlimited plan.

    We don't use the voice minutes on our plan because most of the calls are to each other and other family on ATT. The few random calls we make/get from outside ATT usually adds up to about 150 -200 minutes per month.

    So I will keep what I have.
  10. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    Around 5-7GB per month thanks to streaming TV shows or movies. Like a lot of previous posters said, it's nice not to worry about overages, it's a no brainer for a grandfathered single line.
  11. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    I used to use only about 4 GBs a month, so I dropped it because I wanted to hotspot my phone. So now I am paying $65 for 4 GBs with data rollover and unlimited talk and text. Much better than the $85 for 450 minutes and 200 texts.
  12. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 4, 2012
    They will send you the warning text once, maybe twice and that's it. You'll still be throttled after going over 5GB.
  13. cousintim macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2015
    I gone as much as 1GB over and never been throttled.
  14. CurvedParker macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    Ended up only using 2-4GB/month. Changed to a 50GB/mo plan with rollover data between my wife and I for the same price so we can tether, not get throttled and share 50GB of data (when they were offering the double data deal) we will never ever use. The unlimited plan makes no financial sense for most people these days.
  15. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I get throttled every month. I use around 10-15 GB A month. I don't receive the text warnings any more. I wouldn't even mind being throttled if they did it reasonably. If they reduced my speeds by 1/2 or even 2/3. But I get dropped from 17 MBPS to about 0.65 MBPS. It's rediculous. I hope the FCC/ FTC can actually do something about this.
  16. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    Last year i used to average 4-6GB a month. Ever since I started my new job in December I've been averaging 10-15GB a month. The throttling cap hasn't been 5GB for the last 3 bill cycles now.

    Plan is to switch to T-mobile once my contract is up in September and the next iPhone is released. Tired of the throttling and no hotspot as well.
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  18. macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    It doesn't make sense if you don't use data. Example we have a 4 line family plan and each line has unlimited data. We use a total of 20GB/month between all 4 lines. My bill with taxes is $217/month with FAN discount. We also get subsidies on devices. We have never been in a situation where we wanted or needed to tether.


    I can only speak for myself but the throttling isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It's not good but it's also not that bad if you know what I mean.

    Doesn't TMo throttle?
  19. Gryfter macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    had the 10GB for $100 family share plan; only 2 of the 4 actually uses data... got the 20GB for $100 back in October and now with the rollover, I never have to worry...

    my brother and I usually use 6-8GB per month...
  20. Azzin, Mar 26, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015

    Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    I'm in the UK, so obviously not on AT&T, but I recently moved from an unlimited data/tethering plan (on 3) to a 10 gig plan on EE and I've realised quite how little data I actually used.

    I've been resetting the data usage stats on my i6 since I moved to EE & I'm actually only using circa 3 gig per month.

    I have been over that (5 or so GB), as I tethered one Saturday whilst helping a friend fix his laptop, but mostly the figure is 3.xGB each reset!

    Also, 3 didn't have 4G where I am ("Coming soon" :rolleyes: ), so moving to 4G on EE has been a real revelation and made it worth the extra outlay).
  21. Hieveryone macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    5gb every month. Then throttles so switch to wifi.
  22. blcfla macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2013
    So AT&T 'unlimited' is really 5GB then throttled? I'm not up on all the new plans. I have vzw unlimited and I use 7-12gb usually a month, but I rarely turn on wifi either.
  23. nobodyjustwalks macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    T-Mobile doesnʻt throttle their unlimited plans. Used to use my 5S as a TV to watch Netflix while connected to external speakers and it worked great. Iʻd easily use 50-100 GB a month with no throttling!

    However, I believe their lower tier plans do have throttling once you go over your limit, but at least thereʻs no overage charge.
  24. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    It's my understanding that Tmo doesn't throttle for unlimited usage of netflix, streaming, any regular usage, but once you start using torrents p2p they will throttle...
  25. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    I personally think the throttling makes the phone pretty much unusable for anything but loading up a basic webpage or refreshing Facebook or Twitter. Any heavy webpage or trying to load up a YouTube video or Netflix takes forever and buffers constantly. I don't feel like I am able to use my phone to its fullest potential with reduced speeds.

    Last bill cycle they throttled me at 11GB. That was with 10 days left to go in the bill cycle. I only managed to use another 2GB the remainder of the cycle and I was trying to use the phone the same way

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