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    spivonious

    For those of you with smartphones, what is your average monthly data usage? I'm toying with the idea of getting one but don't want to pay for more data than I'd use. I'd be on wifi 90% of the time.

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    W3bbo

    On my iPhone, my PAYG data plan gives me 500MB/month, and I seem to do well to stick to that limit, but it depends on how "social" I'm being. I only reach the limit if I'm on the road and tethered my iPhone to my laptop.

    On my iPad, I regularly top 1GB every month, but sometimes I creep just below the limit by restricting myself. I really need to sort out my wi-fi again.

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    vesuvius

    @spivonious: It depends.

    On android you can tether your phones WIFI (need to jailbreak iPhone) so when I travel, I use it on my laptop, very convenient. I also think you can just go for the basic version, and then pay an extra 10 bucks a month if you find you need more. It's better than paying for a more expensive tariff that you never use.

    I also think a lof of these devices are for people without full time work. I wake up, go to work and use the internet there and then go back home, and use my fast PC need be. If you have to commute, then an iPad is handy (or smartphone) and you will need a larger dataplan.

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    DCMonkey

    I've apparently used 2GB since I got my 3gs back in 2009 (assuming any updates didn't reset the stats) so I'd say about 80MB a month.

    I mostly check email and maybe some light web surfing. I've downloaded a few albums worth of songs via Rhapsody and streamed a few youtube videos but its not something I do regularly.

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    spivonious

    Thanks everyone. I figured AT&T's 200MB plan would work for me, but I wanted to make sure. It seems that everyone else's lowest plan is 2GB.

    When I travel, I leave the laptop at home, so tethering isn't a concern.

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    wkempf

    The only time I've ever gone over my limit on AT&T was when we spent a week in Disney World. Used the phone a LOT, and rarely was around a WiFi hotspot (something Disney needs to fix, IMHO). The rest of the time, like you, I'm almost always near a WiFi hotspot and use very little of the data plan.

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    W3bbo

    ,wkempf wrote

    The only time I've ever gone over my limit on AT&T was when we spent a week in Disney World. Used the phone a LOT, and rarely was around a WiFi hotspot (something Disney needs to fix, IMHO). The rest of the time, like you, I'm almost always near a WiFi hotspot and use very little of the data plan.

    I think the idea is that you spend more time with your friends and family than your phone.

    Alton Towers famously banned smartphones and PDAs a few years ago as a publicity stunt, citing the same reason.

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    kettch

    @W3bbo: I've long since gotten used to seeing groups of people supposedly together all on their phones. What I still find disturbing is when there are groups of people and they all have ear buds in. Why even go as a group?

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    magicalclick

    @spivonious:

    Very low. I barely used 2% of it. Mine is the 2Gbit plan I think. Basically the AT&T normal data plan, not the super low one. I don't remember too well.

    Most of time, I use wifi. I only use 3G for web browsing and emails. I often does software updates using 3G, but, they are small anyway. The most I think would be video streaming, but, I rare do that.

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    wkempf

    @W3bbo:Yeah, well, you miss the point. The smart phones were used to:

    1. Keep track of the group when we needed to split up.

    2. Locate attractions.

    3. Track line sizes in order to decide what to ride or where to eat next.

    The smart phone wasn't a distraction that kept me from spending more time with my friends and family. It was a tool used to make the group's visit more entertaining and safe.

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    PaoloM

    I think I do something like 200Mb/month... but that's on my grandfathered unlimited data plan Smiley

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    devSpeed

    Seems I am the exception. I have used a gigabyte this month. (Isn't over until until 8/3). I used a half a gig last month. The difference could be because I took week long trip where wifi wasn't available.

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    kettch

    I use 500-1000MB/month. I no longer have my unlimited plan, but it hasn't been a problem so far. Generally I can't be bothered to switch to WiFi. Usually the only reason I switch is to make Netflix stream better.

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    magicalclick

    @kettch:

    you don't use wifi at home? WP7 will swtich to it automatically, no pain. Also some larger games can only be updated using Wifi or USB.

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    kettch

    @magicalclick: I have WiFi, I just don't generally keep the phone's WiFi switched on.

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    W3bbo

    ,kettch wrote

    @magicalclick: I have WiFi, I just don't generally keep the phone's WiFi switched on.

    Yeah. When I'm at home I don't use my phone to browse the web (I've got my iPad and computers for that), and the only data going in-and-out is a trickle of packets for push email notifications, and that goes fine over GPRS. Enabling Wi-Fi just causes extra battery drain, and my iPhone (a 3G) isn't known for its battery life.

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