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  1. cowmix

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    I just ordered a Galaxy Nexus that will be on the Verizon network.

    All my Android phones (G1 -> Nexus One -> Optimus V) have all been on flat rate data networks. Obvious my Galaxy Nexus will not. I ordered it with the low 4GB / mo plan.

    What is everyone's experience with 'normal' data usage with the Galaxy Nexus? Is 4GB way too little?
     

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    I have unlimited on vzw but I could easily stay under 4. Wifi saves battery, so use it when possible. But I wouldn't worry about going over unless your on data a lot
     
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    this billing cycle (which is about 75% complete) I've used less than 3GB thus far and that includes the ~5 hours of netflix that I've streamed. In fact that 5 hours of netflix is only eating up about 0.25GB.
     
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    4 GB is a decent amount of data. I rarely go over and that is with streaming pandora 5 days a week for 4-6 hours, plus occasional netflix usage.
     
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    cowmix, I moved your thread to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as folks with the same phone / provider gather here.

    Speaking of which, I have a VZW GNex, though I am unlimited. I use WiFi at home (it's faster as 4G is not available to me yet). When not at home, I stream TuneIn radio on my commute (30-40 minutes a day), check email, facebook, hit up a web site or ten, and spend a lot of time on here. Occasionally I download a ROM for the phone (100+ MB each) and on a normal month I use around 700-900MB. I hope that helps.:)
     
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    Interesting. I stream via Google Music 5 days a week (at minimum), for less than 2 hours each day, and in combination with other mild data activities (the next highest only using 350 MB), I've exceeded 7 GB in my last cycle.

    To the OP,

    If you're at-all concerned, I'd make sure you're on WiFi as much as possible (also for battery savings), and consider your usage habits. If you're going to do a lot of streaming, you'll want to be wary and consider using the data manager in the Data usage settings for a while, just to give you an idea of what and how much data any app is using. Then, be sure to check this against your VZW account details, as overage charges wouldn't be fun.
     

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    I'm 7 days into my billing cycle and at ~8.25GB. (I have the tethering plan and right now that's counting for 7.8 of those GBs)

    There's no way any one can tell you typical usage on these things, it totally depends on what you use it for, but they can pump through a ton of data if you want.
     
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    I've only been over 1GB once, and just barely. But most of my usage is on wifi. I do stream Sirius in the car, and once watched a movie on netflix over 4G but most of my heavy usage is via wifi. Your use will definitely depend on your access to wifi and how much streaming you do.
     
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    yeah cowmix,

    It will be tough to gauge how much you will use, hopefully enough of us will post with our usage habits and how much data you consume to give you at least an idea. I was also surprised how little Netflix uses though. Tim K is dead on about WiFi access and streaming. Streaming is usually my #1 data use. 2/26 - today (3/6) ~89MB and that is ~30-60 minutes a day on 3G
     
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    That's because they don't stream HD to their mobile app (at least they don't on my phone). If you tether and stream to a TV that requests an HD stream you'll see that data usage spike.
     
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    yeah, but I would be on WiFi then.:D Lucky for me my Blueray player does Netflix through wifi too, so I don't have to worry about connecting my phone to the tv.
     
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    My big concern is Skype. I have no concept how much data that uses.

    I guess I'll find out. :)
     
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    I used about 4gb last month. a good chunk of it was streaming google music
     
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    I'm on the high end of usage (on unlimited). Once the 'new toy' syndrome wears off, I think I will be about 2-4 GB mobile data per month.

    In the last 20 days I've done 1 GB of speedtests alone!
     
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    see that sucks, its great streaming from the Cloud server yet if you do choose to not use wifi it uses crazy amounts of data
     
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    I don't do a lot of streaming. Most of my normal use is a web browsing, downloading updates for apps, playing WordFeud, and such. I rarely go over 3 GB per month.
     
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    I used a little over 9GB last month and it was split between streaming music and downloading ROMs. I would say that the ROM side probably took more than half of that number. In this current billing cycle, I am already at 3.5GB and still have 2 weeks to go.
     
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