All iPads How many GB up to a month is not abuse please on a iPad? Talking about wireless provider

max2

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I am sure someone out there has used a insane amount of GB.
 

bilibug

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Most providers consider 22 GB the threshold for data throttling. It depends on your plan. I have an older rollover plan that gives me on average 55 GB of data/month (30 GB + 5 GB bonus + rollover), all that can be used for tethering. I am not subject to throttling, but will have to pay if I go over my plan allotment. It is a bit excessive (on 3 phones and my watch, we average less than 10 GB/month), but is cheaper than the unlimited plan, with less restrictions.
 

max2

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Most providers consider 22 GB the threshold for data throttling. It depends on your plan. I have an older rollover plan that gives me on average 55 GB of data/month (30 GB + 5 GB bonus + rollover), all that can be used for tethering. I am not subject to throttling, but will have to pay if I go over my plan allotment. It is a bit excessive (on 3 phones and my watch, we average less than 10 GB/month), but is cheaper than the unlimited plan, with less restrictions.
What is the most you all ever used ?
 

bilibug

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What is the most you all ever used ?
About 32GB, when two of us were away without access to any Wi-Fi coverage for a week. I'm the primary data consumer. Not ideal, but with some plans (AT&T), you can reduce data use while streaming if it is a concern. I don't bother.
 

DeltaMac

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Unfortunately, you don't get to decide what is "excessive use"
Your cell service provider has that information, and it will depend on the data plan that you have.
 
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bpeeps

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It doesn't matter what you consider abuse or not. What matters is the plan you signed up for and the data you use based off it. If you go over your data allotment, AT&T can throttle or de-prioritize whether you like it nor not.
 

max2

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I know all of this.

Was just wondering what people considered abuse in their opinion.
 

Caesars

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I used about 400-430gb last month, that was minimal hotspot. I have a guy at the office who runs his whole house off of an iPad and he routinely uses 500+ (If not more).
 
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RevTEG

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I don't mean to come across rude but who cares how much data anyone uses. It's not like big name carriers are running out of it. Data isn't going extinct. Some of us use it for work and entertainment. Carriers offer "unlimited" data for a reason. My household has 6 devices on unlimited data, 4 of them are grandfathered on ATT's original unlimited plan. We use hundreds of gigs each month. My neighbors have never knocked on my door complaining that we are using up their data. However, if someone wants to limit their own usage then they should do so. Really to each his own.
 

DeltaMac

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I don't mean to come across rude but who cares how much data anyone uses. It's not like big name carriers are running out of it. Data isn't going extinct. Some of us use it for work and entertainment. Carriers offer "unlimited" data for a reason. My household has 6 devices on unlimited data, 4 of them are grandfathered on ATT's original unlimited plan. We use hundreds of gigs each month. My neighbors have never knocked on my door complaining that we are using up their data. However, if someone wants to limit their own usage then they should do so. Really to each his own.
Right....
It's good that you have basically an unlimited data plan.
Not everyone has unlimited data, so it's not about how much data anyone uses, but how much data is freely allowed by your service provider. The question is how much a user might use before your service provider limits your data (often by throttling your connection speed when you go over some arbitrary amount of data.)
 

sirghost

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The most I have used? 2.349 TB in a single month.

Would I call that abuse, not really as it is called unlimited for a reason and I live in an area where the tower is not congested ever as there are so few people in the area that connect to it.
 
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bpeeps

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The most I have used? 2.349 TB in a single month.

Would I call that abuse, not really as it is called unlimited for a reason and I live in an area where the tower is not congested ever as there are so few people in the area that connect to it.
2.3TB? Jesus. Do you ever connect to wifi?
 

RevTEG

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I used about 400-430gb last month, that was minimal hotspot. I have a guy at the office who runs his whole house off of an iPad and he routinely uses 500+ (If not more).
I've had months were I went over 1,100 for my household. That's not an every month norm but it happens.
Right....
It's good that you have basically an unlimited data plan.
Not everyone has unlimited data, so it's not about how much data anyone uses, but how much data is freely allowed by your service provider. The question is how much a user might use before your service provider limits your data (often by throttling your connection speed when you go over some arbitrary amount of data.)
I understand what you’re saying and I don’t disagree. But data isn’t some limited resource that will go away if we use to much. It’s not some natural resource. Carriers careated this when the chose to call it unlimited. As long as people can pay, there will always be data available. Now if we’re talking ethical data limits and rights for all, well that leads intro some pretty heavy discussion. For now it’s just unlimited data that’s relatively affordable. I spend a lot of time in 3rd world countries that even offer unlimited data.
 

baypharm

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Right....
It's good that you have basically an unlimited data plan.
Not everyone has unlimited data, so it's not about how much data anyone uses, but how much data is freely allowed by your service provider. The question is how much a user might use before your service provider limits your data (often by throttling your connection speed when you go over some arbitrary amount of data.)
Try again. That is not the question posed by the OP.

“I know all of this.

Was just wondering what people considered abuse in their opinion.”
 
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DeltaMac

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Try again. That is not the question posed by the OP.

“I know all of this.

Was just wondering what people considered abuse in their opinion.”
My comment, which you quoted, was pointed to the poster of post #11, and not particularly to the OP.
Sorry if I went off the thread for just a moment. I don't always pay attention to the bulk of the posts in some threads - I suppose that's a fault of mine :cool: .
But, to get back on track, I did not directly answer the OPs question, but offered my own opinion in my post #6, where I said
Unfortunately, you don't get to decide what is "excessive use"
Your cell service provider has that information, and it will depend on the data plan that you have.
OP was asking for opinions, so I provided mine.
 

tps3443

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I am sure someone out there has used a insane amount of GB.
Verizon allows me 75GB of 4G LTE at top priority! And I’ve tested it, I used 68GB last month. It was fast! Never ever slows down until your past 75GB.

It is the Above Unlimited plan $95 a month.

I brought my own device too, a single unlocked iPad.

 
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tps3443

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We have unlimited data so I have no idea.
No carriers currently offer unlimited data. They make you believe that, and it usually is unlimited at 3G or slower speeds. But in reality if you go over a certain thresh hold with any carrier your speeds will be capped and slowed to turtle speeds incapable of hardly watching a video. The fastest I’ve found with the highest allotment is 75GB through Verizon.

They can say unlimited because, once you reach your limit of say 22gb, they limit your speeds to usually 3G. So, you could download as much in 3G as you wanted. So, if you started downloading on the 1st of the month in 3G speeds, with constant downloading day in and day out without stoppages you’d be lucky to see 200GB-350GB downloaded at the end of the month.

But that first uncapped fast 22GB could be used up downloading one large file in just 4 or 5 hours. So, that should give you an idea how much they really slow your speeds.
 
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rui no onna

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They can say unlimited because, once you reach your limit of say 22gb, they limit your speeds to usually 3G. So, you could download as much in 3G as you wanted. So, if you started downloading on the 1st of the month in 3G speeds, with constant downloading day in and day out without stoppages you’d be lucky to see 200GB-350GB downloaded at the end of the month.

But that first uncapped fast 22GB could be used up downloading one large file in just 4 or 5 hours. So, that should give you an idea how much they really slow your speeds.
Kinda depends on how fast that 3G is. Iirc, I used to get 5-8Mbps on AT&T 3G.

200 GB * 1024 MB/GB * 8 bits/byte / 5 Mbps = 327,680s or ~91 hours
 
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