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.
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