What is your real-world monthly data use?

bzinke29

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 11, 2014
20
0
Hey so I was lucky enough to keep my unlimited data plan with my 6+.

My question is, how much data do you normally go through? I am a heavy user with my phone and I never realized until I checked that I have gone through 4.6 gigs of data and I'm not even half way through my cycle for the month.

Anyone use more? Or am I crazy?
 

bzinke29

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 11, 2014
20
0
Really? I mean what is considered "a lot?" I know friends of mine use less than 500 mb and think its insane how high mine is... do you have a comparison?
 

TRC-WA

macrumors regular
Sep 26, 2014
199
0
2.5 gigs...

I just make sure to wait till I'm home and connected to WiFi before I start downloading porn.
 

jsf721

macrumors 6502
Dec 27, 2011
399
4
Li, NY
As a family we share 10 gigs. My wife and I used under 1 gig and my older son away at college used 5+ and my younger son uses 2-3 Gigs each month.
 

willmtaylor

macrumors G4
Oct 31, 2009
10,300
8,166
Here(-ish)
Between .5 gigs and 1.5 gigs, generally. (That's with 2 users & iPhones.) Most ever was 2.5 while moving and internet was disabled at home.
 

Afbar1114

macrumors 6502a
Jun 18, 2012
778
6
I use about 5 gigs a month. If I wasn't on Wi-Fi it would be closer to 15-20 gigs a month. Plus all the music streaming I use with Spotify not sure how many gigs I use streaming music
 

sarahsmiles

macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2014
139
4
We have 3 lines - My husband, myself, and our 13 year old - all of us with iPhones. We use about 8-9 GB/month, but I'm on the road A LOT, so I stream data often.

My 13 year old...she is careless sometimes and disconnects from the wifi. For a different of like 1-2 GB, it's not that much, price-wise.
 

movieator

macrumors 65816
Sep 17, 2009
1,158
357
LA, CA
I average about 4-5GB a month. if I didn't have wifi at home or work, that would easily be pushing 20.

And I'm on At&t. Didn't mean to crash the Verizon party.

So...where's the bar?
 

syclick

macrumors regular
Jan 19, 2009
242
0
I average about 7GB per month.

I'm grandfathered into an unlimited data plan, but that means I get throttled once I hit 5GB.
 

Rogo117

macrumors regular
Sep 18, 2012
128
72
I average about 10-20gb a month, but I also pay for the tethering and tether on my laptop and/or iPad. I hope we don't get throttled like AT&T, .50up/.50down.
 

cypressc

macrumors member
Sep 30, 2014
79
73
Austin, TX
What is your real-world monthly data use?

I hear so much about older, grandfathered unlimited data plans (often throttled) that people are so desperate to keep. I was really hesitant to give up mine, too. After all - it's UNLIMITED!

But then I checked, and between two lines in my household I was averaging just under 5GB/month. Peak for 12 months was still under 7GB, and my lowest was just over 3gb.

I would think it would take a pretty serious change in usage habits to get my two-line household up to 10GB/month... but even if we did, this is still pretty low usage on the scale of things.

Curious: What is your real-world monthly data usage? And if it is really high, what application or service are you finding you use that accounts for it?
 

Hal~9000

macrumors 68020
Sep 13, 2014
2,019
1,768
Around 1GB/mo.

I don't stream music. Simply browse the web alot (i.e. macrumors) and watch an occasional 1-min YouTube vid every now and then.

Cut out the streaming and everything drops down to what the carriers first thought of when they offered 'unlimited'.
 

CEmajr

macrumors 601
Dec 18, 2012
4,377
1,138
Charlotte, NC
I have unlimited data but usage has been pretty light this cycle as I've been around a lot of wifi. Usually average 7-9GBs
 

Attachments

Last edited:
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.