Should I switch from unlimited to 200mb? Has anyone already done this? Regrets?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ap3604, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    I currently have unlimited data (via the 2g trick) and I was trying to weigh the pros/cons of switching to the $15/200mb plan.

    I plan on surviving on only 200mb with the following 4 steps:
    1. Pulse news reader - can download all the recent stories of my favorite websites over wifi in one shot and read them later data free
    2. Opera mini browser - compresses the websites you browse on for very minimal data consumption. Uses about 1/4th of what safari would use.
    3. Navigon - GPS app with on board maps so you don't have to download anything.
    4. No push email - I log into my email through the web browser when needed.

    - Save $360 over a two year period (the biggest one)
    - Can upgrade on AmazonWireless if I want for great savings without worrying about losing unlimited data anymore
    - Can keep my phone on Edge all the time for great battery savings (no temptation for 3G when I'm using Opera Mini which really speeds up edge browsing)
    - One of the main reasons to have unlimited data is for tethering, but now that Att is cracking down on people tethering you might as well just save money right?

    - No more on the go Netflix/Crackle/Hulu+ streaming or FaceTime over 3G
    - If I switch to Android down the road (say with AmazonWireless), Google Maps Navigation becomes less appealing with only 200mb

    I guess I just feel like I'm not really using the amount of data I'm paying for and wanted to hear from others what they think I should do (especially people who have switch from unlimited to tiered).

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. hoing macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
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    200 mb is like 20 mins of web surfing so...
  3. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    My thinking is why even have an iPhone if you're going to limit yourself in this way? Sounds like taking all the fun out of it in my opinion.
  4. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    No. Don't switch from Unlimited. You'll regret it. I do :(
  5. ap3604 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Well like I said with Opera mini web browser it compresses web browsing to use VERY little data + Pulse news reader allows you to store the stories of all your favorite websites while on wifi to read them later data free. So I could do slot of web browsing on the go even with 200mb.
  6. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    My friend did this and has no regrets. She never goes over and has 3G on everyday with no wifi right now.
  7. ap3604 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011

    Sorry to hear brotha. Why do you regret it so much? I'd like to hear why from someone who has done the switch and why they regret it now.
  8. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
  9. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Because I switched to get the tethering and tried to switch back like 48 hours later and they wouldn't let me. Now I get the crappy "You have used 80% of your monthly data." message from AT&T every damn month.

    I hate AT&T for getting rid of unlimited. Soon to hate Verizon as well.

    Most people don't know that most home internet providers have caps but they are all like 200GB, which most people will NEVER use. Having a 2GB cap is just unbelievable. The top tier should be a 10GB cap. That would ween almost EVERYONE off of needing unlimited data and would ensure that most legitimate heavy users, such as myself, wouldn't go over their data usages.

    I can't stand it. I'm going back to Verizon, but it won't be in time for their unlimited :(
  10. Aquaporin macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2005
    I have wifi at home and wifi at school. Basically everywhere I would use my phone, I have internet, and when I am anywhere else I am usually paying attention to my surroundings.
  11. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    I am on WIFI about 90% of the time too and I still use over 1GB of data every month. Even with Opera compression and utilizing every method you can think of to minimize data, it will still be difficult staying under 200MB/mo. In the grand scheme of things, you're not really saving that much money.

    Here's how to solve your problem:

    Try doing everything you said to minimize your data usage. Try this for a couple of months and keep track of how much you've used, but keep the Unlimited during this time. After the two months (or however long you want to try it) is over, THEN decide whether you were successful and whether the savings is worth it or not?

    My guess is no, but there may be a small fraction of users who could still be very happy with their iPhone while limiting themselves to 200MB. Not saying it doesn't happen, but I'm not a heavy user by any means and there's NO way I could do it!
  12. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    You just need to decide what best suits your needs. Based on what you use, there is a possibility that you could get by on 200 mb per month. The best thing you should do is to check your past usage data and decide from there. If you decide to move down, then you should start out with the 2 GB plan for a couple of months, and if you find that you are under the 200 mb barrier, then go ahead and move down.

    Of course I should note that if your only form of internet at home and on the go is your phone, then you will want to keep the unlimited. (Or if you do A LOT of streaming, you can burn through even 2GB pretty quick)

    (Bonus note: Netflix has an option in your account settings on the website that you can select the quality of your stream to save your data as well. However, it is for the US only and it affects everything that streams Netflix from your account. [Apple TV 2G, Wii, Blu-Ray player, ect. all stream the same quality that you select to save data for your phone.]
  13. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    If you have to make so many changes to your mobile data usage habits, I would just keep unlimited (or the 2 GB/month plan to save $5). Personally, I reviewed my data usage when AT&T announced the tiered pricing and I had never been over 200 MB. I am always connected to WiFi between home, work, and school so I only had to rely on wireless data while running errands and such. I didn't have to change my habits at all (I never stream media or anything).

    Moral of the story: review your history and pick the plan that fits how you use your phone, not the other way around.
  14. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    Despite seeing that you're a Penguins fan, I'll offer you this. Many who have given up their unlimited data for the 200MB plans have found success in calling AT&T and saying they plan to cancel and go to Verizon for their unlimited plan. AT&T then offers to let them have unlimited back in order to retain their business. You may want to try this if you still want your unlimited plan back.

    --Red Wings forever!
  15. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    ... Why post when you're just posting garbage like this.


    200MB is a good amount. I currently have a 500MB plan and I only use about 200-250MB a month. I could easily use less than 200 MB a month with a good amount of 3G usage.

    If you're planning on using Opera Mini, you will never even get close to that 200 MB mark. I'd recommend doing it.
  16. AlexJaye macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    I'm on 200/month & never go over... but, I have WiFi at home and most places I go. I learned how to scrounge for WiFi with years of using an iPod touch, though.
  17. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Lmao funny comparison is like getting a bunch of heroin heads off the drugs and on a minimal amount of methodone...except I think you guys are going through worse withdrawal than them! :p:p:p:p:D
  18. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I have unlimited data, but I'm always around wifi so I use that. My data usage is very low. Always under 500mb. So I've thought about dropping down.

    I always look at it like this.
    Its better to have unlimited data and not need it, than do need unlimited data and not have it.
  19. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I agree. I think it’s better to spend the extra money and not ever have to worry about it, than to constantly have to check my usage. If anything I’d probably have to be above 200, so I’d only save $5.
  20. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Eh, I have 200 MB data, and I'm fine with it. I generally use about 120 MB a month.
  21. EddyP macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    I switched to 2GB. I'll probably drop down to 200MB soon. I just don't use that much data. Once I got an iPad, I really don't use the iPhone for data other than what apps use. I occasionally search for something and my most data heavy app would be maps.

    I don't regret switching. (yet ;))
  22. ap3604 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    LoL pretty damn hilarious utwarreng :p

    Love the wit :)
  23. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Don't do it.
    I was forced to switch from unltd data to 500 MB... and I still always go over that.

    I'm switching to 3 now with 'all you can eat data'
  24. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    Why would you want to use Opera Mini on an iPhone? It's awful compared to Safari. You may as well get a Nokia.
  25. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Depends what you do with your phone. If you stream radio over 3G all day long, you'll need unlimeted. If you sit at home in an office with wifi, you can save yourself the extra $15 (like I did) and go to the 200mb plan. Don't regret it at all. I have data when I need it (for maps and such on the road) and not for bandwidth sucking things like online radio.

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