1. kilroy2730's Avatar
    One of the reasons I was hesitant to leave T-Mobile when I got my iPhone 4S was because I had an unlimited everything plan, including data, and UMA calling. Sprint doesn't work in my area and none of the other carriers even offer an unlimited data plan which I would gladly pay for. While I had unlimited data on T-Mobile for my BlackBerry (which I never used for browsing anyway since I have an iPad) I also lugged around a separate Verizon mifi hotspot device which cost me almost $60 per month for a measly 5 GB data. (I work on location a lot and most of the time there is no wifi available for my macbook, iPad, etc.)

    Right now, Verizon offers their *largest* data plan of 8 GB for around $80 (I think personal hotspot is an additional cost) and AT&T offers their 4 GB for $45 but includes personal hotspot which shares your phone's data usage.

    So if they ever do bring back an unlimited data plan, it would probably be really expensive.
    That's why I've been so reluctance to leave T-Mobile - unlimited data (plus really good text message rates, etc.)!
    11-08-2011 12:44 PM
  2. gregorylkelly's Avatar
    I used to be on a BlackBerry and never really went over 180mbs per month. My wife who doesn't use her iPhone 4 as much as I used my BB averaged about 800mbs per month. Now that I've been on the 4S for about 6 days, I'm already up to 350mbs. I don't know how the 4S compares to the 4 yet, but I know it sucks a TON more data then my BlackBerry did.
    11-08-2011 02:23 PM
  3. Eileen89's Avatar
    I used to be on a BlackBerry and never really went over 180mbs per month. My wife who doesn't use her iPhone 4 as much as I used my BB averaged about 800mbs per month. Now that I've been on the 4S for about 6 days, I'm already up to 350mbs. I don't know how the 4S compares to the 4 yet, but I know it sucks a TON more data then my BlackBerry did.
    I believe this is because data on the BB is compressed through RIM servers.
    11-08-2011 02:29 PM
  4. gregorylkelly's Avatar
    I believe this is because data on the BB is compressed through RIM servers.
    It definitely is because of that. It's one of the things RIM makes sure carriers know. It's a big selling point for them to the carriers. I actually think it's why Android wasn't big on AT&T while the iPhone was locked in there. The iPhone was bogging down the AT&T network and they were happy selling BBs to non iPhone users to help the network.
    11-08-2011 02:55 PM
  5. StefR's Avatar
    2GB may last you now, but I guarantee it won't get you very far in the future. Eventually all media is going to be digital and that's going to take data. There's going to be things you can do with your mobile device that we can't even imagine right now. The wireless company's were smart -- they didn't let their customers get used to having unlimited data the way the home broadband companies did. They implemented tiered data plans as soon as they could because once customers get used to something, and you take it away, there's an uproar and an eventual PR nightmare. See Netflix. Wireless companies weren't going to let everyone get comfortable with not having to watch how much they use their brand new shiny toy. They are a business and they are in the business of making money. There's tons more money in charging their customers to only use their devices "this" much than there is in letting them do whatever they want with it and not have to worry about how they use their mobile device. You think apps and downloads are always going to stay the same size as they are now? Not a chance. You're already seeing apps that are increasing exponentially in size. Not to mention things like iCloud and other features. Those take data. In 5 years, 2GB is going to be used up like THAT, even if you try and always use your mobile device only on WiFi (which defeats the purpose of a mobile device). Your buddy is going to send you an HD video of something he saw while you're at the grocery store and that's going to take up data even if you don't want it to.

    Imagine if in the early days of home broadband, they did what the wireless companies are doing now in the infant stages of the technology and they introduced a tiered plan where you could save, say $10 a month by agreeing to a 50GB a month data package. You look at your usage for previous months and say, "Hey, I don't use that much. I'll give up unlimited to save $10 a month (just like people did with giving up unlimited wireless data recently) and it was probably worth it at first. But then technology changed. Now there's streaming media 24/7, Netflix, Hulu, online gaming, WiFi where many devices are using the same connection, you have PS3 and XBOX demos that take more than 1GB to download, not to mention full games are now being downloaded. All of a sudden 50GB isn't getting you very far and you're constantly having to watch what you do on the internet and forced to either pay a higher price for a higher tiered package, which funnily enough, costs you more than what the unlimited data package you gave up to save money would have cost you. Or worse, you just don't use the internet until your next billing cycle.

    2GB of data may last you now on your smartphone and tablet and other mobile device, but in the future when you're able to stream blu-ray quality video and audio, download every single thing imaginable to your mobile device and many other technological advancements that we can't even imagine yet, 2GB isn't going to get you very far and you're basically going to barely be able to use your device unless you're on WiFi. You're out and about and see that your favorite team is about to win a big game, but you can't watch it on an app you pay a monthly fee to watch all their games on because you're not on WiFi and you're really close to going over your data limit and still have 11 days until your next billing cycle. You'll just have to follow a Play by Play. Your little brother just welcomed his first child into the world and he wants to send you a video of the new baby but you have to tell him to not send it because you're not on WiFi and 2090P HD video will put you over your data limit. Or, you can just pay an even larger fee to upgrade to a higher tiered plan. A higher fee than the $5 a month you saved when you got rid of your unlimited data plan. Maybe in a few years the wireless companies will be nice and offer a higher tiered plan for the same price as the paltry 2GB since technology is changing, but I do not see that happening. Prices will be higher. Way higher than what it cost to have unlimited data initially.

    For those of you who still have unlimited data, hold onto it for as long as you can because before you know it, data is going to be at a premium, and there's nothing worse than always having to monitor how much you use your favorite toy.
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    11-10-2011 07:07 PM
  6. crackercraig#IM's Avatar
    Well put. Scary but well put.


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    11-10-2011 09:57 PM
  7. Cleveland's Avatar
    I would get it unlocked and switch to T-Mobile Prepaid you get Unlimited Talk, Messaging, Data and Wi-Fi Calling for $50/month with faster 3G Speeds @ 7.2Mb/second
    You won't get 3G on any iPhone currently with T Mobile Just Edge
    11-11-2011 06:59 AM
  8. dterio's Avatar
    2GB cap? I wish.....1GB cap in Canada
    11-11-2011 02:41 PM
  9. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Uh, what in the hell do you do on your phone all day that you have used that much in 6 days even with Wifi?! Are you streaming or something?

    I don't even exceed 1Gb in a month and I never have used WIFI ever.
    I stream 9+ hours a day, some on wifi, some not. Depends on where I am in the hospital. I use about 4GB a month with my BB so I expect it to be more now that I've got my iPhone. Not to mention YouTube at the gym, Sirius at home and YouTube at home. I use a lot of data.

    If you streamed pandora and netflix without wifi you would be shocked how much it uses my bro in law don't have wifi ( crazy I know)
    I don't even have Internet at home. Guess I need to be drug out behind the woodshed and shot, huh? :o
    11-11-2011 03:01 PM
  10. Thegreatone3's Avatar
    Currently on AT&T 2 gb plan with iPhone 4. Will be switching to Verizon under their 4 gb for the price of 2 gb promo (probably getting a $99 Razr) this weekend. Whenever an LTE iPhone comes out on Verizon, I'll switch back to iPhone and retain my 4 gb. At least that's the plan.
    Last edited by Thegreatone3; 02-07-2012 at 04:30 PM.
    02-07-2012 04:20 PM
  11. jkeitz's Avatar
    Well, the easiest solution is switch to Sprint. You don't need to petition the carriers to change, just change yourself. I have no idea how much data I use, because I don't care. I probably don't use as much as the top data hogs, but I would hate to have to check my data usage before streaming a Reno Bighorns game on my iPhone 4S.
    02-07-2012 05:57 PM
  12. jkeitz's Avatar
    i think i am one of the few sprint users that gets decent coverage. i don't have slow data speeds for some reason. i haven't been on att or verizon, and have only experienced t-mobile's EDGE [with a iphone 3g]...but youtube videos load almost as fast as my home wifi connection.

    ...i'm just kinda scared for my sister who just got back from college to a new phone....i feel like when she goes back, she will have horrible coverage.
    Yeah, and you're the only one who gets great customer service with Sprint too! I get sick of reading and hearing people dump on Sprint. Everyone I know who has Sprint has excellent coverage, speed, and customer service (and JD Power agrees). It seems that they got some bad PR a decade ago, and that's what people use to justify not feeling stupid for paying Verizon more money for less service.

    I have the misfortune of working in Verizon territory, so I get to experience Verizon disservice daily, but I get to come home to excellent Sprint service each night. For hours each day, the Verizon data service disappears, and when it is there, it is running at a snail's pace. SMS works, but often with a delay of at least an hour.

    I guess, knowing that, I wouldn't worry so much about Verizon data caps, since their network speed would preclude downloading much data at all.
    02-07-2012 06:07 PM
  13. cacb90's Avatar
    The problem with Sprint is that it is really slow. I switched to AT&T from Sprint and I am very satisfied with its speed data so far. BTW, the bill is almost the same than Sprint's


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    02-07-2012 08:06 PM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The problem with Sprint is that it is really slow. I switched to AT&T from Sprint and I am very satisfied with its speed data so far. BTW, the bill is almost the same than Sprint's


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    My wife initially purchased her 4S from Sprint and almost immediately began complaining of slow data speeds in comparison to my 4S via Verizon and our daughter's iPhone 4 via AT&T. After about a week, she was so fed up to where she returned the device to Sprint and purchased another one via AT&T and now she's as happy as can be.


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    02-07-2012 09:45 PM
  15. neek87's Avatar
    Speaking of Sprint (I use an iphone 4s), my contract with AT&T ended and I didn't renew. Switched over to Sprint because of the unlimited data but didn't stay with them for longer than three days because of the unbelievably slow data speeds. Coming from AT&T and going to Sprint, the speed differences are definitely noticeable. I cancelled with Sprint immediately and signed a new contract with Verizon. Speeds are not as fast as with AT&T but it's comparable and the voice coverage is amazing. Really happy with Verizon.
    02-08-2012 09:24 PM
  16. MrszBerry's Avatar
    I looooove sprint. I will never go back to AT&T. Unlimited data is great. And I get better service with sprint than AT&T.
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    02-10-2012 10:20 AM
  17. ladyc0524's Avatar
    I, too, went back to Sprint. Their service and data speeds are just fine for me. I haven't had the slow data problems I've been reading on several forums.
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    02-10-2012 12:43 PM
  18. neek87's Avatar
    It probably has something to do with location then. I'm south of Houston and data was terribly slow. Maybe it was better in Houston.
    02-10-2012 07:26 PM
  19. Adawg1203's Avatar
    Yeah, and you're the only one who gets great customer service with Sprint too! I get sick of reading and hearing people dump on Sprint. Everyone I know who has Sprint has excellent coverage, speed, and customer service (and JD Power agrees). It seems that they got some bad PR a decade ago, and that's what people use to justify not feeling stupid for paying Verizon more money for less service.

    I have the misfortune of working in Verizon territory, so I get to experience Verizon disservice daily, but I get to come home to excellent Sprint service each night. For hours each day, the Verizon data service disappears, and when it is there, it is running at a snail's pace. SMS works, but often with a delay of at least an hour.

    I guess, knowing that, I wouldn't worry so much about Verizon data caps, since their network speed would preclude downloading much data at all.
    Did you actually read the JD Power report? Because they would not agree with anything in your post.....
    02-11-2012 08:46 AM
  20. johndhynes's Avatar
    When not throttled, I get 5 or 6 Mbps downloads on AT&T here in San Francisco. What does Sprint get? Of course, I only get 120 kbps when throttled. However, I just installed Onavo, so maybe I can keep my usage under 2 GB this month, or at least not get throttled as quickly.

    I seem to remember a year or two ago only using about 1 GB a month, so I don't know if it's that I'm doing more with the phone, or if it's stuff like iCloud and Siri that are using more data.
    02-15-2012 08:00 AM
  21. Adawg1203's Avatar
    When not throttled, I get 5 or 6 Mbps downloads on AT&T here in San Francisco. What does Sprint get? Of course, I only get 120 kbps when throttled. However, I just installed Onavo, so maybe I can keep my usage under 2 GB this month, or at least not get throttled as quickly.

    I seem to remember a year or two ago only using about 1 GB a month, so I don't know if it's that I'm doing more with the phone, or if it's stuff like iCloud and Siri that are using more data.
    Experiencing that type of throughput chances are you are doing more....
    02-16-2012 07:08 PM
  22. Rockdog97's Avatar
    ... I get sick of reading and hearing people dump on Sprint. Everyone I know who has Sprint has excellent coverage...

    I have the misfortune of working in Verizon territory, so I get to experience Verizon disservice daily, but I get to come home to excellent Sprint service each night.
    Ahem.. this just does not sound like "excellent coverage" to me.. sounds like sucky coverage to me... only have excellent coverage at home only sounds great.. Way to go Sprint!!!
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    02-17-2012 01:31 PM
  23. jkeitz's Avatar
    Did you actually read the JD Power report? Because they would not agree with anything in your post.....
    Actually, I did. Did you?


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    02-18-2012 05:59 PM
  24. jkeitz's Avatar
    Ahem.. this just does not sound like "excellent coverage" to me.. sounds like sucky coverage to me... only have excellent coverage at home only sounds great.. Way to go Sprint!!!
    Not what I said. Sprint has excellent coverage everywhere I go, except the tiny rural town where I work. There, they only have Verizon, and it works less often than it does not. Now, you may proceed to construct your straw man and refute it...


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