Data Usage and Stupid 2GB Limit
I just switched back to AT&T from Verizon and in the process gave up my unlimited data on both. It's frustrating because it's been 6 days into my cycle and I have already used 860 mb. Not to mention I am on Wifi a good portion of the day and yet I still use a lot of interwebs. Has anyone noticed a higher than normal amount of data being registered with the iPhone 4S?
I hate pitching to customers that "95% of customers do not come close to the 2GB limit" because i believe it to be completely false. I never paid attention to it before because I was on unlimited and now I have been brought back to earth. Where can we petition the carriers to either increase the limit or make changes? With Facebook and all of the other data services and the fact that minutes and texting don't really cost the carrier anything, we are paying a boatload to basically carry a small computer in our pockets with an extreme data limit. The 200 mb option is a joke for anyone that is even considering a smartphone.
Off my soapbox now. And yes I work for Best Buy Mobile and deal with this limit issue everyday.
- 10-31-2011, 04:02 PM #2
I'm fortunate enough to be on mine at work at least 6 hrs a day, 3G. I have wifi at home. I have yet to go over the 2GB, but I don't listen to Pandora or watch YouTube while not connected to wifi. I only surf the web. 200MB is a joke.
- 10-31-2011, 04:19 PM #3
I agree, I think itís nuts to have data capped plans. I do understand the networks have to control us from running down their systems, but I hate the capped plans. I am on a 4GB tethering plan with At&t and I will say that I havenít reach my max monthly yet. Iím on 3G from 8-5 at work and have WiFi at home. I use a lot of data, I have ESPN radio on at my desk for 80% of the day at work. The streaming is the most data consuming. Visiting Facebook, and other websites arenít that damaging. I normally use anywhere from 2.5GB to 3GB a month, and again thatís listening to ESPN radio everyday (Mon-Fri) at work. I would be willing to pay $40-$50 a month for a unlimited monthly plan. I think most people probably would too. The money At&t would make off that could afford them to be able to keep up with the high data usage servers. My personal belief why At&t phased out unlimited was because of people tethering their phones without permission. I miss my unlimited and the only reason why I got rid of it was because I wanted to tether my iPad to it and I tried to abide by At&tís rules of not stealing data from them by tethering it on my unlimited plan. Unlimited would be great and maybe they will offer it again, who knows.
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- 10-31-2011, 09:24 PM #9iPhone Beginner
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i have 1 week left on my special 150MB data plan from verizon and im at 104mb and im ALWAYS im wifi. im really worried ill have to upgrade to the 2gb plan. i always have wifi available and would prefer the 15$ a month price. im going to see how this week goes, ill be spending maybe 3 days without wifi and im nervous ill hit it
- 10-31-2011, 10:36 PM #11
Thank god i had the unlimited plan before they started capping, i got to keep it. Although i doubt ill go anywhere near 2GB its better to be on the safe side, i only pay 27 a month for unlimited which is only 2 dollars more than the 2GB plan.
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I tether constantly with mine on the road and in the office...i also use it on the phone a lot out an about on weekends and what not, no more or less than with my 3GS or 4, and i haven't noticed any change in data usage with the 4S.
- 10-31-2011, 11:32 PM #14
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- 11-01-2011, 11:37 AM #19iPhone Intermediate
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Just switched from BB to iPhone and am a little worried about data usage. I have a 1G plan. Never came anywhere near 1G with BB but don't know if I will with iPhone because it's so much faster so I'll be using apps more and browsing. However, I don't stream so I'm hoping it won't be a problem. I can't imagine going over 2G. I'm so sorry that you're capped. Good luck and hope you can purchase extra data plans or something.
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- 11-01-2011, 01:15 PM #21
When I was on Android, and even Blackberry, there were months that I tried ... and I really gave it the effort.... to go over 5GB (I'm still on unlimited data), and the closest I came to was about 4.5 GB, and that was with streaming Sirius|XM or Pandora a few hours per day. Being generous and saying that I was getting 128 kB/s all the time, that's 56.25 MB per hour. 5GB = 91 continuous hours of streaming music at 128 kBps (without internet browsing, email, watching videos, tethering).
200 MB is just inviting the subscriber to go over their allotment.
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- 11-01-2011, 02:25 PM #25iPhone Intermediate
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I went into Usage-Cellular Usage and saw that my received data is 288 MB( this having had my device in just under a week). I was wondering when this will reset. Does it reset after the next billing cycle on my contract (thus, allowing me to know how much data I have consumed per month)?