Carrier How much data do you use monthly?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by geoff5093, Jul 17, 2015.

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How much data do you use on average per month?

  1. < 1GB

    8 vote(s)
    12.3%
  2. 1-2GB

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
  3. 2-3GB

    5 vote(s)
    7.7%
  4. 3-4GB

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
  5. 4-5GB

    8 vote(s)
    12.3%
  6. 5-10GB

    11 vote(s)
    16.9%
  7. 10-25GB

    8 vote(s)
    12.3%
  8. 25-50GB

    5 vote(s)
    7.7%
  9. 50-100GB

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  10. 100GB >

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  1. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

    geoff5093

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    #1
    With data being relatively expensive on AT&T and Verizon (unless you're grandfathered in), Sprint and T-Mobile are still offering unlimited data. How much data do you use on average per month when on mobile data?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    #2
    Would this be per line or per plan (given that quite a few are on shared data plans with a few lines where each line can use different amounts)?
     
  3. nburwell macrumors 68040

    nburwell

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    #3
    For me personally, I ust a little over 5GB's a month. My mom is on my plan as well, but she uses next to no data since she doesn't stream music or use many app's.
     
  4. Don't Stop macrumors newbie

    Don't Stop

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    #4
    When I didn't have home internet it was 50GB+. I don't have cable or satellite TV, I watch a lot of YouTube and my kids use Netflix. I think now I probably use 20GB - 30GB at most? I haven't been throttled yet but apparently T-Mobile does it to you if the tower is congested or whatever. But regardless if the high speed unlimited data or even speed capped data plans get throttled, you don't pay overages if it goes over the cap unlike AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile just slows you down. I remember paying so much money being on AT&T for 2GB of data a month. It was ridiculous. I didn't even wanna use my phone because of the data cap overages.
     
  5. geoff5093 thread starter macrumors 68000

    geoff5093

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    #5
    I'm thinking per line, that way it's easy for everyone to compare. If it was the total of all lines on your plan, it would vary greatly depending if you had 2 lines or 10.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    #6
    On a 10 GB/month plan with 4 lines we generally use up at least 6 GB and up to close to 10 GB sometimes. Mostly it's a couple of lines that split much of the usage, while the other two don't have that much between them. On the couple that split the usage it's roughly 2 to 4 GB per month on average.
     
  7. c55 macrumors regular

    c55

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    #7
    I have 5 lines on my plan and 20gb a month. Everyone gets 4 gigs, I usually don't go over 3. I previously used close to 50gb a month back in 2012 when there was only crap satellite internet where I live. I had the AT&T unlimited plan and would tether my xbox, computer, etc. to my iPhone's at&t data. I'd only get a max 5mbps down but that was good enough for me back then. I currently get around 10mbps with AT&T and at least 40mbps with Charter.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

    eyoungren

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    #8
    We have Unlimited. Before late 2012 it was about 10-12GB per month. Two lines, me around 6-8GB per month, my wife around 4-6GB per month.

    Because of Network Vision for the last 2.5 years we've averaged less than 1GB per month between us because we were using WiFi in order to get any data at all.

    Now that LTE is starting to get faster around here I am back on LTE and starting to move back towards 6-8GB per month. My wife is still on WiFi at home because it's still necessary at home.
     
  9. cynics macrumors G3

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    #9
    I can keep it less than 2gb but I have to be careful. Watching data usage isn't something I like to do but is a necessary evil for me since its a company provided phone. They wouldn't have a problem if I exceeded the limit but I don't want to abuse what I consider a privilege.

    My gf uses wifi exclusively for data and somehow manages to pull it off. By following her example its surprising how many places offer free wifi once you start looking for it if you aren't bothered by the login process. I've managed to be a lot more productive from utilizing free wifi while maintaining a relatively small data plan.

    Only thing that irritates me is Apple still hasn't implemented a feature to disconnect from poor wifi reception. How long is the competition going to have this before Apple does it? Incredibly irritating to be connected to a starbucks wifi but be at a distance where its unusable...I digress...

    While its not possible for a lot of heavy users especially away from urban areas you can still have a very satisfactory iPhone experience with a small data plan.
     
  10. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

    LewisChapman

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    UK
    #10
    When just using my iPhone for browsing less than 3GB. When tethering to my MacBook browsing the same content and viewing similar amounts of video more than 5GB. My data allowance is 6GB.

    My carrier (EE) do not offer unlimited data on any of their business plans :(.
     
  11. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

    eclipse01

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  12. justerin_ macrumors newbie

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  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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  14. Jack426 macrumors regular

    Jack426

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    Location:
    North Carolina
    #14
    1-2GB, I only surf Safari and stream music on my iPhone. I don't watch videos on cellular, the cable company is payed for a reason (wifi). Also, the company who provides my wifi has plenty of free (password-protected) access points around local areas I visit. Unless you watch videos or tether to computers, I don't see how you can use but so much. I mean, I surf hours on LTE when I'm not around wifi, and I don't think I've ever used more than 2gb per month.
     
  15. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a

    skywalkerr69

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    Location:
    New York City
    #15
    Verizon unlimited here. I use around 30-40 per month. Depending on how much traveling I do.
     
  16. maxsix Suspended

    maxsix

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    #16
    My iPhone is used for work and personal, my data use averages 30-38GB.
     
  17. Martin81 macrumors regular

    Martin81

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    Germany
    #17
    My mobile data is well below 1GB/m. In most places I've got WLAN around.
     
  18. dictoresno macrumors 601

    dictoresno

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    NJ
    #18
    i only use about 4GB of the 11 allotted. ill download app updates but never really stream anything.
     
  19. firedept macrumors 603

    firedept

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  20. Cristian macrumors 6502

    Cristian

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  21. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #21
    We're in the 4.-5 range though when apple music came out we came close to blowing our quota. I've since turned off the streaming via cellular ability to avoid such issues in the future.
     
  22. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

    bmcgrath

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    London, United Kingdom
    #22
    I am usually around the 10gb per month mark but I use my phone for work and personal, so this can vary from month to month. My other half goes through almost 20gb due to the amount of streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud.
     
  23. mgs315 macrumors member

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    #23
    I've used 333GB since I last reset (which is never, so 6 months since I got my phone) so about 50GB a month.

    Heavy use of Spotify and YouTube.
     

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