1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

iPhone Owners: How Much Data Do You Actually Use?

By June 9, 2010

Many AT&T customers -- and potential AT&T customers -- were dismayed last week when the carrier announced the end of its unlimited data plans. Most users saw AT&T's move as a way to get more money out of its subscribers, despite the company's claims that its new data plans would actually save most of its customers money.

I have to admit, I was uncertain about AT&T's decision. I've been an iPhone user for almost three years, and I have been satisfied with my $30-per-month unlimited data plan. I know I'll never go over my limit, and I know exactly how much my bill will be each month. I rely heavily on my iPhone, using it frequently for checking e-mail, surfing the Web, downloading music and videos from iTunes, checking Facebook, and more. I assumed I was a heavy data user.

But then I did a little digging, and I was surprised to see just how little data I actually do use. From January 2010 to June 2010, I used an average of 119MB of data each month. The most I used in any month was 135MB of data. (To check your own data usage, visit att.com/mywireless; AT&T shows you your data usage in an easy-to-read chart.)

That means I could be a candidate for AT&T's $15-per-month DataPlus plan, which would save me $15 off my current monthly bill. To be safe, I could opt for the $25-per-month DataPro plan, which would still save me $5 each month. (For more information on the differences between these plans, read my overview of AT&T's new data plans.)

As it stands, AT&T's new plans would actually save me money -- for now. I do expect to use more data on my phone in the future -- especially once I get my hands on a new iPhone 4 and its Netflix app.

Photo Apple

June 10, 2010 at 3:59 am
(1) UK Cell Phone Rental says:

Data usage is totally depends on mobile users. For business man, lots of business numbers with full details, emails and music and pictures based on interest.

For any student this is some friends, lots of video and pictures and screen-savers, wallpapers, so on.. different people, different usage

November 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(2) Greg says:

This article is of little value. Do your homework and see what other people use. Waste of time.

July 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm
(3) tom says:

Good article. I think Greg must be in a bad mood. Liane is stating exactly what he says should be done…..She is stating what she uses and why

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.