Able to keep D2 under 150 mg per month?


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  1. POC3442

    POC3442 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Unlucky for my my wifes phone crapped out this mourning. She's looking at getting the Droid 2...if she gets it she will only go with the $15 month plan with just 150 meg's a month. Can anyone tell me if they are able to do this? She's LGVX9800 which has no data. If you just use e-mail, text, maybe weather-bug, and are on wifi when you can is it pretty easy to keep the monthly data under 150? Also if one gets near the 150 mark and there are 3 days left in the month is there a way to prevent the usage of more data?

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  2. jasnmar

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    I use mine fairly indiscriminately and a week into my billing cycle have used roughly 300 MB. I could use wifi more often (pay the battery costs), and use my laptop more to save some, but I'm not sure that I could get to 150MB / month with out some pretty big behavioral changes :)
    With your wife coming from a "no data" phone she might not have as much trouble as I would, but then what's the point of a smart phone? :)
     
  3. pool_shark

    pool_shark Well-Known Member

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    So far I've used 2GB this month.
     
  4. inssane

    inssane Well-Known Member

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    I take 1000mg of Droid DOES every day :)
     
  5. 3devious

    3devious Well-Known Member

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    It's possible, but you just have to make sure that most of the background services that poll the internet aren't running. If someone regularly sends your wife large attachments and she always downloads them to the phone, she's going to go over.

    In the last 3 days, I've used 33 megs. I downloaded 4 apps and did a few other things (I use mapping and transit apps kind of often though.) I never use wifi mode because I've been too lazy to allow this MAC address on my network at home.

    I don't stream music anymore (got too frustrated with all of the streaming services to bother with them.) I don't stream video often either. I was thinking of doing an experiment by dropping my husband down to the cheaper plan but I think he would feel insulted though he has not used very much over the last few months.
     
  6. doomedromance

    doomedromance Well-Known Member

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    It's possible. Don't use internet w/o wifi on. Keep the email checking minimum when your arent using wifi. Google pushes emails to the phone. so if she gets tons, then turn off gmail syncing in account settings. (probably going to have to log in to gmail.com when on wifi to check mail) The other email app set the update interval to "never"
    Don't use weather or news widgets. Facebook, twitter app. Basically any app make sure it has refresh settings set to never. Try not to use apps with adds too much.

    Basically you have to use it as a dumbphone. You can browse websites for like 10mins and blow your 150mb limit. Definitely do not watch youtube or stream pandora when not on wifi.

    Verizon's My Verizon Mobile app has a data widget that you can put on your homescreen to track data usage. I don't know how upto date it keeps though.

    I myself am debating about switching since most of the places I use my phone have free wifi, or wifi i can access. But I decided the risk is too high. 150mb can be blown through easily if you don't pay attention.


    I would get the unlimited for now. See how she likes it, and her usage patterns. If she keeps below 200mb w/o problem switch it. I held out over 2yrs w/o a smartphone, I didn't want to pay for data and insisted I didn't need it. I finally made the jump, and while I still don't need it, the convenience is great. Some months I have gone over 3gb of data, one month I broke 5gb. I average around 2gb/ month w/o using youtube or pandora
     
  7. RJT185

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    Download 3G Watchdog, it's a great app for tracking data usage.
     

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