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Tiered data - how much *is* actually 2GB of use?

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  1. Droid_Badger

    Droid_Badger Well-Known Member

    Today alone, just browsing, twitter, google music, I used over 50MB of data.

    What *is* really 2GB? Help me understand.

    Also, is google music going to destroy my data usage?

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  2. z0mb13m4n

    z0mb13m4n Well-Known Member

    2 gigabytes = 2048 megabytes

    if your 50 megabytes a day is normal usage, we get 50 (MB usage) x 28 (1 month in days) = 1400 megabytes in a 4 week period

    With heavy usage of Google Music or Pandora or whatever, I'd expect you to maybe come close to the 2GB limit, but it'd take some pretty heavy use

    Now if we were to add in Netflix or HBO Go, and use them frequently, I really don't think 2GB a month would be enough. I'm really suspicious of the timing of the release of Netflix and the eminent coming of tiered data plans from Verizon.
  3. PACAnesFan

    PACAnesFan Well-Known Member

    For reference my data usage per month is around 1.2 GB. That is with the tethering plan from Verizon.

    I leave my X connected to Wi-Fi when at home and work. 3G is only used when out of the house. I tether my Xoom mainly on weekends when away from the house.
  4. schimm

    schimm Well-Known Member

    I suggest you DL one of a number of tools on the market that tracks your usage over time. I discovered that I'm around 800 MB over the course of the month. I have wifi on all the time which stays dormant until I get home and it connects to the home wifi.
  5. chippy

    chippy Well-Known Member

    Look at your bill, it will have the total amount of data you used.
  6. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

    moved this to the verizon section as it doesnt have anything to do with the Droid X just the tiered data packages that are soon coming

    If you feel this thread has been moved incorrectly, please feel free to hit the Report button so that it may be address accordingly and placed in the appropriate section, thank you :)
  7. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    This is what VZW says about data use. I know it's just to sell people on the tiers, but it can still be used as a reference point.
  8. Phone Gnome

    Phone Gnome Well-Known Member

    IMO 2gb is nothing, even with wifi at home I go over that. If you plan on using Pandora or similar services on the road and have a tiered plan be careful. My guess is verizon knows this and if the rumored plans are true has every intention of making a fortune off of overage fees.
  9. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Tiered and LTE are a contradiction in premise.

    The faster the connection, the more data folks tend to use.

    Now with LTE, higher res Flash and Netflix, a lot of folks will EASILY pass 2gb and VZW are BANKING on this.

    The data usage that VZW quotes does NOT consider the future usage trends due to the new media and LTE noted above. Could probably bet the farm VZW are using convenient ignorance and knows better.

    Cloud media should also be added to the list of newer tech that will increase data usage, going forward.
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  10. apavolka

    apavolka Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I use about 6-8gb per month using wifi at home and 3g anywhere wifi is unavailable. I usually stream music and videos and do my fair share of browsing.
  11. Droid_Badger

    Droid_Badger Well-Known Member

    Well, at the least, we know that we'll be grandfathered in.
  12. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Well-Known Member

    Hmm... I am not so sure on that yet. I know Blackmanx left Verizon but he said that we would only be grandfathered in if we didn't use an upgrade. I trust him, he has been a very reliable source.
  13. KingOfGreen

    KingOfGreen Well-Known Member

    Ive seen recent articles stating that even after renewing and upgrading you will still have unlimited. But those werent from verizon themselves. And i could see them using 4g as a way to ungrandfather you. If they are NOT going to grandfather you in after renewals and upgrades, i could see alot of people switching to say. . . tmobile. I know as much as i love the coverage, speed and service i would switch.

    And for my data usage, without pandora or the like. Ill average between 2gb and 3gb, when i was using pandora on the regular i would average 5gb and sometimes as much as 7gb or 8gb. And as with most i have wifi at home.
  14. bubbaken

    bubbaken Well-Known Member

    I'm currently on 24/30 days in this billing period and have used 2.539 gb. I do not use netflix but do watch YouTube (apx 1/2 hour per day) and also stream music (pandora, slacker etc.) and do quite a bit of web surfing. 2 GB was a lot a year ago but this tiered system will be revised as people will start complaining when they (and their kids) start going over.

    I watch most of the videos were I can connect to wifi so it would probably be less than 1/2 a gb if needed.

    The pricing is ridiculous as well and I would imagine there will be a carrier that will use unlimited data promotions to lure people from other carriers.
  15. jamor

    jamor Well-Known Member

    SO true!! In other words, if you don't get grandfathered into unlimited by tonight, you're SCREWED.
  16. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    I'm downgrading lol
  17. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    In order to track my data usage, I use the bloatware VZW put on my Incredible.

    I have quick access to most all of my account, and I can track everyone on my family share plan, including data, minutes and texts. It also has a widget that will display your data usage and the number of days in your plan. I can't get easier.
  18. bl4ke360

    bl4ke360 Member

    I just got my first smartphone 7 days ago (4g droid charge) and I already used 3GB. If this is consistent, by the end of the month I'll have used 12GB. I don't see how I could survive with 2GB. I watch a lot of youtube on it though so I guess that's a big culprit.
  19. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Well-Known Member

    Holy smokes!! Are you sure?
    I would double check your numbers. That doesn't seem right even for high usage in just 7 days.
  20. bl4ke360

    bl4ke360 Member

    Yeah I dialed #data and verizon sends a text message with the total data usage in kb. Right now it's at 4416427KB. That's 4.2GB, after 8 days now. I've been watching a few hours of youtube videos every night since I got the phone though, so that's probably what's using up so much data.
  21. stereoeclectic

    stereoeclectic Well-Known Member

    i just checked mine; using around .4 gig a month right now mostly surfing the internet; occasionally using tune in radio, and whatever updating and syncing is going on.

    but would i take a 2 gig plan for less than what i'm paying for unlimited? no. the reason is that the net evolves, and data usage is only going in one direction at this point. 2 gig now might be a week's consumption in two years.

    guess i'll be sticking with my current phone until a better deal emerges. not interested in overage charges.
  22. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Well-Known Member

    Make sure you're using wifi whenever possible
  23. Barbara

    Barbara Well-Known Member

    I upgraded to the Droid 3 yesterday and I still have unlimited data.
  24. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

  25. substring

    substring Well-Known Member

    I got an email from Verizon Wireless yesterday that if I upgrade my Fascinate to a 4G smart phone, I can keep my unlimited data plan, and I can also get unlimited mobile hot spot for additional $30. So I am really tempted to upgrade to Galaxy S II which is coming to Verizon this month.

    By the way, I don't stream music and I think it is kind of pointless. All the songs that I like are in my MicroSD card (ripped from my music CDs). I also don't stream video because I have a job, so I won't have time to watch movie during the day. At night when I am at home, I would rather stream video with my Latitude laptop or my Galaxy Tab 10.1 which have much larger screens.....size does matter when it comes to viewing videos. :)

    I mostly use my Fascinate for emails, text messages, Twitters, Facebook, Google Plus, VZNavigator and news. My average data usage is less than 2GB for sure.

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