Mobile – How much data will you use?

By: Tim Coles
By: Tim Coles

If you’re thinking about moving out of the Stone Age and upgrading your mobile phone to a smart phone, how much data will you use and what plan do you need to purchase from your cell compnay? Recently AT&T changed their data plans and they no longer offer unlimited data for anyone who upgrades. They have two plans available; at $15 plan that gets you 200MB of data transfer a month. The other plan is $25 and you get 2GB of data transfer. How much do you really need?

If you’re thinking about moving out of the Stone Age and upgrading your mobile phone to a smart phone, how much data will you use and what plan do you need to purchase from your cell compnay? Recently AT&T changed their data plans and they no longer offer unlimited data for anyone who upgrades. They have two plans available; at $15 plan that gets you 200MB of data transfer a month. The other plan is $25 and you get 2GB of data transfer. How much do you really need? I consider myself a power user on my iPhone and even though I had an unlimited plan that I am grandfathered into I wanted to know where I stand on usage. I was at an AT&T store recently and I had a representative look my information up, I average around 350MB of data transfer each month. I felt slighted, me a power user who wasn’t even getting close to 2GB of transfer a month. That nice AT&T representative informed me that less than 2% of their customers went over 2GB of data transfer and the majority don’t hit 200MB. Interesting fact which I think will change as we use our smart phones more in place of a computer coupled with more video online. How much data can a person transfer with 200MB or 2GB. With a 200MB plan that would be 1,000 emails sent and received(no attachments), 50 emails with photo attachments, 150 emails with attachments, 500 web pages viewed and 60 social media post with pictures each month. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is and the average user wouldn’t get 1,000 emails a month. If you’re still thinking you need more data transfer because you’re a power user, by all means spend the extra $10 a month. What do you get in comparison; 8,000 emails sent and received(no attachments), 600 emails with photo attachments, 600 emails with attachments, 20 hours of music streamed from the internet, 3200 web pages viewed, 30 Apps/Games/Songs downloaded, 300 social media post with pictures and 40 minutes of streaming video each month. As I said I consider myself a power user each month and I would never touch 2GB plan limit but I would have to get the $25 plan because 200MB isn’t enough. When you’re looking at data plans remember that if you’re connected to WIFI connection that any data transfer over the wireless connection does not go against your plan. This is nice because I am regularly on a WIFI connection. If you know what your usage is here is a calculator you can use to determine how much data transfer you will need; http://www.att.com/standalone/data-calculator/index.html . It is a neat tool and obviously it is an estimate so keep that in mind. If you don’t have a smart phone, jump in because you will love having the capabilities of getting information at your finger tips. The price for the phones are nominal and now most providers have a plan for you. I have not looked into the other phone providers plans to see how they stack up, if you know please share. This is Tim Coles and you have had your Technology sermon. Comment below or email me at tcoles@wkyt.com.
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