Is 1GB data enoguh for the 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wackymacky, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. wackymacky, Nov 10, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011

    wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    If I don't plan to download music or watch too much video over 3g is 1 GB of data a month reasonable?

    I currently have a plan with 3GB of data and haven’t ever got near this. I'm not sure really about the effect of iCloud and Siri however

    I can keep this 3GB plan if I buy the 4S out right, or save $600 by signing up for the 1GB data plan

    (and before anyone says it, I can afford the $600 difference, but why give it to a Telco for no reason, when I could use it to buy some clothes and take my family out to dinner)
  2. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Save $600. I never go over 200mb cause here on college campus we have wifi everywhere.
  3. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    Siri doesnt use that much. About 30mb a month for normal usage so its almost negligible to a 1-3gb limit.

    However iCloud it depends on what application you are using

    I say if you dont use 3gb right now downgrade to 1gb. Whenever you feel you are close to your 1gb limit on average then upgrade again.

    You can monitor your usage on your iPhone or carrier website if they provide.
  4. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Only you know if the 1Gb will be enough. We don't know exactly how you use your phone so we can't judge for you if it will be good enough for you.
  5. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
  6. Bartboy919 macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2005
    Pro tip, Siri's novelty wears off in less than a week. It wont be a problem.
  7. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    lmao this is so true.
  8. NoHo macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2011
    Sure, maybe this gentleman is on the exact same college campus as you with the exact same WiFi everywhere so he too will never go over 200mb. :confused:

    1GB will be enough if you don't plan on doing much with your phone, but it's an iPhone and you want to use it.

    I have unlimited and use between 2gb and 6gb a month. I use WiFi at home. I never keep track of how much I use since it's unlimited, but if I had to always watch what I do with my iPhone and sometimes not use it for fear of using data, it would be a real pain in the butt. :(

    In the future, when all media is streaming and there are apps and features that we can't even imagine yet, having a tiered data plan is going to suck. Just because people don't use 200mb, 1GB or 2GB a month now doesn't mean they won't in the future when technology advances and you can do a lot more with your mobile devices.
  9. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    You will stay under 1GB of data if you:

    1. Are in WiFi at least 50% of the time (if you're a heavy user).
    2. Do not stream video or music.
    3. Do not download many apps via the network.

    Texting, Siri, Google Maps, etc don't use much data. If you don't go anywhere near 3GB I'd save yourself the money and go with the 1GB.
  10. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I do a fair bit of 3G, some streaming on Pandora, and even some tethering of my laptop & iPad. I very seldom break 1GB (though I have 4GB available on my AT&T tethered plan).
  11. Irock619 macrumors 68000


    Sep 16, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Who is your carrier? AT&T has a calculator on their website that can give you an estimate on how much data you'll need.
  12. mcmul macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    After switching to the iPhone from a BlackBerry, I was shocked at how much of a data whore the iPhone was. I don't stream video (3G is too slow in this country) and don't do any monstrous downloading. Yet I easily clear a gig.
  13. Carl G35c macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    That's bc blackberry compresses their data, you are now getting the full web experience
  14. iphone4s16gb macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    if you using 3G 10 hour a day , 1 GB is not enough , even 5 GB maximum data at att not work either ....

    ATT did'nt has plan unlimited data for iphone that suck
    i'm using 4 GB , everyday i only used 20 watching movie 3G on ios application
    15 days later all my data is complete used .
  15. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    If you not gonna use iPhone much, than yes 1gb. enouph.
    I have 6gb. and use 2-3gb. on regular basis. I wouldn't take 1gb. plan
  16. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    I'm using Siri increasingly more and more, especially as I travel a lot and it is really handy in the car, when driving. I don't have to look at the phone, (I use a headset) and it works like magic. And I'm not even a native English speaker.
    But every Siri question takes about 64kb, so it's not like your data-plan will be running down in a week orso.
    but all in all I use about 400-500Mb.

    My wife has a usage of around 1Gb per month. She has wifi at home (accidentally the same home and wifi as I do :) ) and at work (she has an office job) but she uses her phone heavily while traveling by train. All in all about 75 minutes a day and that's all on 3G. In that time she does her social media, sometimes a youtube, a lot of news (well, tabloids and that kind of stuff), forums etc.
  17. b24pgg macrumors 65816

    Jan 28, 2009
    I stream Pandora and navigation maps often so there's no way I could survive on 1GB, but if you don't use any data intensive apps like that then you should be fine.
  18. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    actually siri uses much less than that, maybe 15mb since it only works half the time.


  19. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I think 1gb should be the minimum. I only do web browsing and email and things like that on 3G and the heavy lifting and heavy browsing when I'm on Wifi. At this rate I have used about 700mb and my bill is on the 18th.

    And I think I've used... 18 gigs over Wifi; the first month is always the worst ;)

    200 comes out to 6.6 megs a day, which is literally loading 4 or so desktop versions of sites.

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