Will 200Mb be enough for me?

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  1. rmlred macrumors regular

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    I will be getting the iPhone 4 from AT&T within the coming weeks. I will also have the 200Mb data plan. I have Wi-Fi at home and at my vacation home.
    My uses will be:
    Checking Facebook constantly.
    Using GPS on the week ends.
    Very minimum web browsing and YouTube videos.
    No music streaming.
    Will only download songs on Wi-Fi.

    Need any other info, feel free to ask.



    I know this is probably a re posted thread but it seems every one gets a different answer.
     
  2. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Well I have unlimited data (with a European comapny), have had my phone since January 12th of this year and only used 1.2 GB so far. I do a fair amount of news, streaming video and radio, and use the gps though I only download songs and apps through my computer at home. I assume 200 MB per month? It should be ok.
     
  3. rmlred thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it is 200Mb per month
     
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  5. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone is a data hog!
    When I had my blackberry i never went over 200MB in a month, didn't matter how much Youtube i used or how much i was surfing or streaming music, but iphone is different.

    If you plan on using GPS (Maps constantly downloading) and youtube, you might see a high data usage.

    At the end of the day there is flexibility. Try the plan out, if you are not crossing 200MB in the first 2-3 months then you will be okay. It's usually the first 2-3 months that see the highest usage cause you have a new phone and you are trying all different sorts of things.

    If you do go over 200MB, just call AT&T and upgrade the plan.
     
  6. los318 macrumors 6502

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    you know you can always sign up for the 200mb plan and then upgrade to the 2 gig plan if see your going to go over early. I average 3gig a month and maxed at 9gig back in January..catching up on V. Just watch the first month of usage and upgrade if you need.
    If you ever want to check you data you can dial: *3282# and it'll text you back your data usage to date.
     
  7. JohnBossu macrumors member

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    I think it will be enough for you, I also have wifi at home and what I do without wifi is almost exactly the same with you, minus youtube (I dont like watching reduced quality video on 3G) and I've used only 340 mb in 3 months.
     
  8. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    I was ALWAYS in the 200-300 meg range with just average usage, so it never would have been enough for me.
     
  9. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    My usage is similar to yours. I don't use FaceBook, but I do use Twitter a fair amount. I have the 200MB plan and never come close to exceeding it.
     
  10. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    I have wi-fi at home and at school, which is where I am 92.3% of the time. For me, 200mb is perfect. There have been 3 occasions where I was traveling a lot in a certain month and I just kept an eye on my data and switched to the higher plan before going over the 200. I only stream music and movies over wi-fi though...
     
  11. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

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    It's not even enough for a 2yr old, seriously.
     
  12. jacollins macrumors 6502a

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    If you have to ask, it's probably not enough. :) The biggest problem I see with the lower data plans is the stress over whether or not you're getting close to cap and suddenly get a big bill.
     
  13. xyphr3 macrumors member

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    In today's world of wifi virtually being everywhere, 200mb is enough. I read an article a couple of months ago that talked about how much 200mb is and it seems like a lot. I normally use 100mb a month and I think I do a fair amount of web surfing off wifi.
     
  14. jacollins macrumors 6502a

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    Do you expect "free" wifi to last forever? Much like "unlimited data", I expect it to go away the more people use it. Especially if internet providers get their wish and get rid of the unlimited plans.
     
  15. GP_1 macrumors regular

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    I have the 200MB plan and I'd strongly advise to NOT get it. I have wifi at my house and work and I still constantly come close to going over. While your on 3G make sure you don't EVER get on YouTube or Pandora or anything else that streams music/video.

    Also download the MYAT&T app, and you can keep track of you usage there.
     
  16. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i have 500MB, i never use any kind of steaming of video or music unless im on WiFi and i rarely even download anything from the appstore or cydia while no on WiFi and i still end up in the 300-400 range monthly
     
  17. andyx3x macrumors 65816

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    I could get by on 50 MB per month based on my usage. Wi-Fi is amost everywhere these days. I'm surprised sometimes where I can pick up Wi-Fi.

    Now I'm also one of those people who puts my phone in my pocket when I'm out and leaves it there unless it rings or I absolutely have to get on the internet. If you're not one of those types, I would probably go with the 2gb plan.
     
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  19. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    No need to do that with AT&T's iPhone. Just hit usage and presto
     
  20. tigert07 macrumors regular

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    Nope it's not enough. I go through data like crazy. It really makes me appreciate the fact I have the unlimited grandfathered in. Here's hoping they don't strip us of it
     
  21. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    I think with the GPS and minimal YouTube browsing you'll plow through your 200mb limit in no time. I go through 200mb within a a couple of days or so.

    Thank goodness for unlimited data :D
     
  22. tritonj macrumors 6502a

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    probably not, att did plenty of analysis before coming up with these tiers and i'm sure just about everyone falls into the 200-300 range, so just past the low tier but no where near the high tier and they get to limit everyone in the high tier
     
  23. rmlred thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to every one for their input, I appreciate it.

    I will be going with the 200Mb plan unless the AT&T store offers me a higher plan for a cheaper price which I don't see happening, unless they offer a business discount.
     
  24. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    It sounds like you have money so get a 2 GB plan for the first month then just see how much you use. You can change your data plan whenever you want with AT&T.
     
  25. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    GPS doesn't use data per say, unless it's AT&T's where it downloads maps on the fly. With something like Navigon, the only data usage would be looking up POIs with Google, and that is very low data usage.

    I am on the 200 plan and use GPS all the time. I end up using less than 100 MB and often less than 50 MB.

    YouTube is another issue.
     

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