iPhone Users: How Much Data Do You Use?

Poll: iPhone Users: How Much Data Do You Use Each Month?
Total Votes: 52
Less than 100MB
15
Less than 200MB
12
Less than 500MB
8
Less than 1GB
7
Less than 2GB
7
More than 2GB
3
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 03:23 PM

    AT&T announced on Wednesday that they are doing away with the iPhone’s unlimited data plan in favor of a two tier price structure. AT&T thinks the 200MB and 2GB a month plans will meet most customer’s needs. How much data are you using each month?

    You can check your monthly wireless data usage at by logging into your account at the AT&T Web site. Check out our Quick Tip if you aren’t sure how.

    [ Edited: 31 January 2014 03:04 PM by Intruder ]      
  • Posted: 02 June 2010 03:39 PM #1

    I voted for more than 2GB because I jailbreak and Tether, which makes it easy to burn through data fast, the AT&T data use history shows more than 2GB. During months when I do no tethering I use about 300MB

         
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 03:43 PM #2

    I voted early, but I couldn’t vote often. I wanted to also enter my wife’s usage, less than 100MB, so maybe I will use a different Mac to access the poll.

    Interesting that I use more data than her, but I am sure that she texts more than I do. We both have unlimited texting plans

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    Posted: 02 June 2010 03:47 PM #3

    I used 790 MB for the month of may.  Streamed a little video, but downloaded > 200 MB of apps (over AT&T) for my new device.  Most of my usage was probably streaming the TWiT feed.

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  • Posted: 02 June 2010 03:58 PM #4

    I do tether as well, in Canada that is. I find I hit 2 gigs or more depending on the month.

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  • Posted: 02 June 2010 04:06 PM #5

    0MB. My Data is disabled. Swapped my SIM card into a used iPhone and couldn’t be happier.

         
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 04:07 PM #6

    +

    I was surprised to see that I’m typically below 200MB, because my iPhone gets a ton of data use, and much of it over 3G. Good news to know, though.

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    Posted: 02 June 2010 04:25 PM #7

    I was very surprised to see that my usage has been under 100MB a month.

    $15 a month is a whole lot better than the $30 a month I pay now.

    Now if only AT&T could keep from dropping my calls.

         
  • Posted: 02 June 2010 05:24 PM #8

    Thanks for posting the poll, Jeff.

    At this point 1/21 people report using more than 2Gb per month.  Roughly 95% will fall within the new plans and save money.

    For my personal situation, I see myself switching to a 200Mb plan for my wife and and a 2Gb + tethering for myself at a net change of $0 from my current plans.  If you can turn tethering on and off at will, I will save money during months that I can get by without it (as I have for most of my life).

    The new plans will obviously cost me more money if I start consuming an order of magnitude more data due to some new usage pattern; be it tethering or something else.

    I see this as a welcome change, but I’m holding out on any new commitments until I see if the rumors of actual competition for U.S. iPhone carriers pans out.

         
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 05:49 PM #9

    I was surprised by my usage, too. I thought for sure I’d be over the 1GB mark, but then again…I’m usually on a WiFi hotspot.

         
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 08:09 PM #10

    I’m surprised at how many iPhone owners are coming in under the 200MB mark, and I’m especially surprised that I’m in that group. I guess that means Wi-Fi access is far easier to come by than I realized.

         
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    Posted: 02 June 2010 08:14 PM #11

    I’ve had one month of over 200MB on my iPhone in 2 years (well, since Nov 2009, since that is as far back as the ATT graph goes), and one month over 1GB (barely) on my iPad. I expected the iPad number, since I was using it heavily while on a trip across the country.

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  • Posted: 02 June 2010 08:52 PM #12

    I used 75 MB Last month an am generally in the 50 to 75 MB range. This led me to purchase a wi-fi only iPad.

    My wife however used 4.6GB last month streaming TV shows.  She is generally in the 2-3GB range.

    What I find interesting is my bill. Not all of it is clear, since everything appears to be OUT. what is fear is time at which the data is supposedly being used.  Many if not most of the charges are for periods between 2 & 5 in the morning.  Neither I or my wife are ever anywhere at those hours that don’t have wi-fi. 

    Does anyone have anyone have a clue how the time data is used is figured?

         
  • Posted: 03 June 2010 02:11 AM #13

    Four iPhones in the house. I average about 700MB, my college son around 450, high school daughter 150 (on edge), and wife under 100. Daughter will surely go up when she gets a 4th gen and heads to college.

    My hope against hope is that Steve announces an iPad tethering plan Monday. Then it might be worth the $20/month for me. Otherwise I’m looking seriously at jailbreak options.

         
  • Posted: 03 June 2010 01:30 PM #14

    I can’t believe how many of you don’t use your data plans at all!

    To give you an idea of just how much you don’t use your data plan:

    100 Megabytes = 15 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (AT&T US average 3g speed)
    200 Megabytes = 30 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 12 minutes of usage in Bloomington,CA @ 2257.6kbps)
    500 Megabytes = 75 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 45 minutes of usage in Detroit, MI @ 1557 kbps)
    1 Gigabyte = 154 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 457 minutes of usage in Dallax, TX at 313 kbps)
    2 Gigabytes = 307 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 190 minutes of usage in Pittsburgh, PA @ 1514 kbps)
    3 Gigabytes = 461 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 175 minutes of usage in Des Moines, IA @ 2453 kbps)

         
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    Posted: 03 June 2010 05:27 PM #15

    daemon - 03 June 2010 04:30 PM

    I can’t believe how many of you don’t use your data plans at all!

    To give you an idea of just how much you don’t use your data plan:

    100 Megabytes = 15 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (AT&T US average 3g speed)
    200 Megabytes = 30 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 12 minutes of usage in Bloomington,CA @ 2257.6kbps)
    500 Megabytes = 75 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 45 minutes of usage in Detroit, MI @ 1557 kbps)
    1 Gigabyte = 154 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 457 minutes of usage in Dallax, TX at 313 kbps)
    2 Gigabytes = 307 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 190 minutes of usage in Pittsburgh, PA @ 1514 kbps)
    3 Gigabytes = 461 minutes of usage @ 933 kbps (or 175 minutes of usage in Des Moines, IA @ 2453 kbps)

    You assume constant flow of data (streaming, I guess) at full rate. No consideration for actual time to, say, read a web page or e-mail which I would bet is what most folks do when online.

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