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How much data do you use? (concerned about Verizon's tiered pricing)

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  1. nguyen18

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    I am eligible for an upgrade mid-April and decided to migrate from a multi-media phone to a smartphone! Luckily for Verizon Wireless customers like myself, 4G phones are coming out and the phones are looking awesome. Unluckily, however; is that fact that the $30 unlimited data plans will soon be dismissed. I know that the tiered pricing plans have not been officially announced, but my concern is the amount of data usage that I'd might be using. As I have mentioned, I have no prior experience with smartphones, and I do not know the average amount of data is used to load a webpage or run certain applications. For those of you who track the amount of data that you consume, could you please let me know how much data you consume on average? Also, what do you use your phone for?
     

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    Your responses will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!
     
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    more than 2?
     
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    I have a 1gb of data per month and I barely use half of it up. I use my phone quite a bit throughout the day, almost never use wifi either, so the majority of my data comes straight from the cell network.
     
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    That's very relieving to know. Do you stream a lot of videos?
     
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    I'm 2/3rds through my billing cycle and so far I've used 1 GB.
     
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    I use about 850MB per month. I do some web browsing, but not a lot. I have many news feeds updating, I have a weather app updating, I have a sports app updating whenever one of 4 teams has a game, I play a couple of "free" games, which means I have the ads updating during the game play, I sync my calendar on the phone with my work computer using google, I receive a half dozen emails on gmail per day, I use Soundhound every now and then, I use wifi at home ...
     
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    what applications do you guys use to track your data usage?
     
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    I use the "My Verizon" app or log onto my account at verizonwireless.com
     
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    "my verizon".

    I'm all about unlimited plans but the fact is I rarely use over 1 gig, or even 500mb. I'd happily pay LESS for a reasonable amount of data, but 15$ for 150 and 30$ for 300 is osbcene.
     
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    I use about 2gb per month, usually a little less. However, I'm always on wifi at home. I do use tunein radio at work somewhat though.
     
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    is the radio the reason why you get all the way up to 2gb? or is there some other reason?
     
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    I know at&t offers 2gb for 25 bucks, who offered 300 for 30?
     
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    That plus I'm always fooling around on Tweetdeck, checking stocks, etc. pretty much all day. 2gb really isn't that much, though.
     
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    lets see to give a basic summary of my useage......Im about halfway through my billing cycle (the 19th of the month)

    in this cycle I have probably only visited 40 or so websites on the phone itself
    (see further web browsing down the list)

    I have streamed radio for about 15 hours

    I have d/l about 10 apps from the market

    I d/l a full movie (in MP4 format)

    lightning struck my house on Monday and fried my ISP radio, my router, and the NICs in all my computers (as well as some unrelated items such as 2 TVs, etc) so I have been tethered nonstop to my phone since then......

    while tethered (3 days) I have probably visited some 300 websites (guestimate based on perusing through these forums several times a day, checking various news sites several times a day, email checks, etc)

    I have also spent about 8 hours playing an online PC mmorpg game while tethered (although theres actually very little traffic in most games)

    so Ive used my service in an above average capacity this cycle so far and I just checked my useage........ its about 660Mb

    but you cant really do a direct comparison from 1 user to the next because everyones habits and useage is going to be different

    if you want to guestimate your own useage then you have to sit down and think about exactly what you personally will be doing

    for instance.... web browsing uses very little traffic to speak of....... your average website visit is probably going to be less than 1Mb

    however streaming video uses a lot of traffic.......so if youre going to be spending 4 hours a day on youtube then youre going to use a lot of data

    if you plan to d/l a lot of movies expect to use a lot of data

    if youre simply going to use your phone for surfing and email, facebook and twitter, and the occasional splurge of some streaming then youre probably going to average a lot less than 1GB
     
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    Cycle started 2/18 and I've used 550 MB thus far. A bit low this month, partly because I took vacation time (meaning, I was on wifi more).
     
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    Verizon gives 150 for 15.if you break that limit then they charge you another 15 for 300 total. They're gonna take in so much money from tiered p plans...
     
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    Like the others, the My Verizon app.
     
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    I think they dumped that already. When I was checking to see what it would cost to add a line with a Droid X that plan was no longer available, it was only the unlimited plans.
     
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    it was ended jan 31, 2011. just prior to the iphone
     
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    Well from what it looks like to me is that most people are generally under 2GB of data in a month, even through heavy use. At & t runs a $25/2GB cap per month, so it might turn out to be 5 dollars cheaper? I still don't know what's going to happen because verizon is not only going to allow customers to choose how much data they want to consume, but also the bandwidth in which they want you want to consume it in.
     
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    What do you do with your phone?
     
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    I thought it was the unlimited that they dumped? Either way it will be tiered for good by this summer
     
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    They will be dumping the unlimited plans, they already dumped the 150MB plan.
     

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