People with unlimited data plans - do you use 3G a lot?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zukernik, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. zukernik macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hong Kong
    I go online quite often with my phone since I spend a lot of time in China and wifi is rather scarce over here. I used to regret getting a wifi only iPad but now that the new iOS officially supports free tethering I won't have to upgrade it. I obviously download a lot more than most people with regular data plans but I was wondering if those of you with unlimited data plans also try to make full use of it.

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  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    3G normally kills your battery alot more so when i'm at home i switch it off and use wifi and keep 3G off when at work as it doesn't work there anyway.
  3. Mr dj mo macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Near my iPhone.
    I do use it a lot, watching youtube safari app so I can get HQ video, always on facebook, twitter and email.

    It also comes in handy when I find out about new apps , obviously the 20mb limit is a pain but it's nice to download a couple of apps knowing that you won't get charged for it.

    I usually run through about 2-3GB a month depending how often I'm at home.
  4. Orion126 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    I use less than 250MB a month of data but that's because I'm mostly on work WiFi or home WiFi. I still wouldn't give up unlimited though because who knows if I will have WiFi available at my future job.
  5. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    I use it all the time. I rarely have my Wifi on because where I work we have a weak wifi signal that doesnt allow certain connections. Everywhere else I would just use 3g anyways
  6. kriss13 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2009
    a lot... and i rarely watch my counter :)
    long live unlimited data plan :)
    battery never died, i have an usb cable everywhere (home, work, car etc)
    i use wifi only if i want to access my local lan to transfer stuff.
    wifi kills battery sooner than 3g.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Any time I'm not on my home wifi, so yes, a good deal
  8. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I had the unlimited data plan for year on my iPad and never used it so dumped it and glad I did. I do want to keep my unlimited data plan on my iPhone for $30 but do not know why?:confused:
  9. shelbymayer macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    I very rarely use Wifi at home and I don't have it at work. My 3G speeds are FASTER then my DSL speeds...sad but true haha! :p

    the only time I use wifi is to dl an app larger than 20mb if I don't feel like DL on the computer than syncing it.
  10. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    I use 3g almost all the time. I have no Wifi at work or anywhere that I go to and from during the day for work.

    I use between 5gb-9gb per month
  11. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
    My usage page doesn't have a "Tethered" data section. :confused:
  12. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    How do you guys use so much data? Not getting on you or anything just curious. I have used around 5 gigs since January. I have streamed Netflix, MLB preseason games, Pandora, and Razorvision broadcasts all while having the usual Facebook visit and stuff of that nature.
  13. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I use about 4-5GB a month just on Netflix. Ghats about 8-10 movies. I have large breaks during classes and it kills some time.
  14. Weiser878 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    When you say "the usual facebook visit and stiff..."
    I don't know what the usual actually is.

    I'm constantly on my phone. In this app or the other, on twitter, safari, Wikiamo whatever. All the while I'll usually have Slacker radio going in the background.

    I watch a lot of Netflix too. 2 or 3 episodes a night.

    I generally use 7-8GB/month

    I am jailbroken and I have MyWi and Google Voice extensions (so all my calls and texts can go through data) neither of which I use any more (GV was unreliable and MyWi is a non issue because I have WiFi at my house now for my laptop, although, I prefer my phone on 3G more than WiFi.
    When I was tethering, my usage was about the same, 7-8GB/month.

    I'd guess the reason I use as much data now as I did when tethering is because I now have a Netflix account and I didn't before.
  15. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    i'll use more data during the baseball and football seasons, other than that it is relatively low
  16. daxefx macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2011
    So does wifi use less battery than 3G? Should I be leaving Wifi on when I'm at home?
  17. snakelda macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    I have unlimited and use around 2GB a month. Mostly watching Youtube videos.
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I have unlimited but dont use it that much since I have wifi at home and during work.
    I average around 200-500mb per month but I keep the unlimited anyway.
  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    In the nearly 3 years I have had my iphone, I have only had

    Sent: 347MB
    Received: 3.6GB

    And I am on the unlimited plan
  20. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    It's supposed to. Anandtech said they could get just about 10 hours of use on an iPhone 4 using wifi.

    The second chart is wifi usage vs the 3g one. 9.86 hours vs 6.65.

    and in answer to OP, Usage is generally 3-5gb per month according to AT&T website.
  21. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
  22. Flake macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
  23. X2468 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    I wonder why I'm not experiencing this.
  24. iboost79 macrumors member

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    I average 6-8GB a month in data usage. I never use Wi-Fi because TWC sucks in NYC and have been streaming videos to my iPhone over 3G.

    Thanks to:

    Air Video
    TuneIn Radio

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