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Is 70 MBs (no, GBs!!!) A Lot?

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I am getting ready to replace my 4 year cell phone. There's no more room for up dates, and I have some duct tape holding it together. It still works fine though. 

I am on an unlimited everything plan. I average between 60-70 MBs  a month usage. I am always on it. Checking this, texting people, fantasy nfl/nba/mlb,  social stuff, video games, streaming tv shows, and movies. In fact the least used part of my phone is actually making phone calls. My Grand Daughter calls me a "cell junkie". 

So how much do you use your cell, and is 70 MBs a month alot?

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7 minutes ago, Patch said:

I am getting ready to replace my 4 year cell phone. There's no more room for up dates, and I have some duct tape holding it together. It still works fine though. 

I am on an unlimited everything plan. I average between 60-70 MBs  a month usage. I am always on it. Checking this, texting people, fantasy nfl/nba/mlb,  social stuff, video games, streaming tv shows, and movies. In fact the least used part of my phone is actually making phone calls. My Grand Daughter calls me a "cell junkie". 

So how much do you use your cell, and is 70 MBs a month alot?

Not even considered a little these days.

My kids average 30 to 50 Gbytes high speed per months, but the use theirs for school as well. They also use WiFi a lot.

Get the Tmobile One plan. If you use less than 2Gbytes then you get a $10 kickback. They also have a "55+ Couples plan" for a lot less and unlimited.

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Yeah, I purposely save stuff to read offline, limit social media usage and no video/music streaming and average 1 gigabyte a month. If I let myself do all you can eat, will easily consume 3-5 gigabytes a month - it's the social media and to some extent, music/video that gets you. 70 megabytes a day is around 2 gigabytes a month.

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I am on my home and work wifi and I still average 3GB per month. 70MB wouldn't get me through a normal day.

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44 minutes ago, Patch said:

I am getting ready to replace my 4 year cell phone. There's no more room for up dates, and I have some duct tape holding it together. It still works fine though. 

I am on an unlimited everything plan. I average between 60-70 MBs  a month usage. I am always on it. Checking this, texting people, fantasy nfl/nba/mlb,  social stuff, video games, streaming tv shows, and movies. In fact the least used part of my phone is actually making phone calls. My Grand Daughter calls me a "cell junkie". 

So how much do you use your cell, and is 70 MBs a month alot?

70 MB looks like a mistake because its allmost nothing. Sure you don’t use 70GB?

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27 minutes ago, MacDutch said:

70 MB looks like a mistake because its allmost nothing. Sure you don’t use 70GB?

Or 70 megabytes a day.

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1 hour ago, nevets88 said:

Or 70 megabytes a day.

Right now my phone tells me I have used 33510 +/- MBs since December 2nd.  I know last month I used 71178 MBs according to my phone. So yeah, maybe I did  mean GBs.  My bad. 

I know I have an 8GB hot spot that gets used up pretty fast when I use my roku device. 

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Accidentally turn off your wifi and run a movie on your cell data plan, you're toast. Overage fee incurred. Wifi only on streaming apps is very useful.

23 hours ago, Patch said:

My Grand Daughter calls me a "cell junkie"

LOL. Technically, a Digital Immigrant. 

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21 hours ago, Patch said:

Right now my phone tells me I have used 33510 +/- MBs since December 2nd.  I know last month I used 71178 MBs according to my phone.

1024 MB = 1 GB ... so, roughly 69.51 GB in November.  

Try desperately for an unlimited plan.

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I don't understand how people can use so much data through their mobile phones...

I use ~1.5 GB/mo average on my phone (non-wifi). But I don't use a lot of wifi on my phone because if I'm on wifi.., I'M AT HOME. So I'm not usually putzing around on my phone. Work won't let me use their wifi and I don't trust any wifi networks other than my own and my work's.

And that's even including me occasionally checking on the house with 5 IP cameras streaming, checking to see if my dog is being a little turd or not!

I'm on Project Fi. I love it. I got in on the $200 Nexus 5X deal (my wife and I both did). Saves a ton of money over Verizon, only paying for data we use, at $10/GB.

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6 hours ago, Eric C said:

1024 MB = 1 GB ... so, roughly 69.51 GB in November.  

Try desperately for an unlimited plan.

Luckily I am on  an unlimited plan. I pay $50.00 a month for it. Never any complaints from my provider. 

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5 hours ago, jkelley9 said:

I don't understand how people can use so much data through their mobile phones...

I use ~1.5 GB/mo average on my phone (non-wifi). But I don't use a lot of wifi on my phone because if I'm on wifi.., I'M AT HOME. So I'm not usually putzing around on my phone. Work won't let me use their wifi and I don't trust any wifi networks other than my own and my work's.

And that's even including me occasionally checking on the house with 5 IP cameras streaming, checking to see if my dog is being a little turd or not!

I'm on Project Fi. I love it. I got in on the $200 Nexus 5X deal (my wife and I both did). Saves a ton of money over Verizon, only paying for data we use, at $10/GB.

If you have a commute on public transportation, can easily burn through data, especially if no underground wifi or commuter train is above ground and train has no wifi. Some cities only recently got wifi on their buses and trains.

Those social network apps burn through data - you'd think it's just text, but whatever they're sending back and forth, it's a lot of data. Plus as you scroll by video, it autoplays. Don't even get me started on Facebook, which I purposely don't even install.

Stream a movie on your phone, that's like 750 megabytes. I'm always curious to see what people do on their phones on the train, I'm a nosey body. I see a lot of people watching video on the train.

IP cameras don't you just scrub right through? Most video is static, unless you have a camera that has a moveable head.

 

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30 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

If you have a commute on public transportation, can easily burn through data, especially if no underground wifi or commuter train is above ground and train has no wifi. Some cities only recently got wifi on their buses and trains.

Those social network apps burn through data - you'd think it's just text, but whatever they're sending back and forth, it's a lot of data. Plus as you scroll by video, it autoplays. Don't even get me started on Facebook, which I purposely don't even install.

Stream a movie on your phone, that's like 750 megabytes. I'm always curious to see what people do on their phones on the train, I'm a nosey body. I see a lot of people watching video on the train.

IP cameras don't you just scrub right through? Most video is static, unless you have a camera that has a moveable head.

Video may look static but it's typically feeding constantly. Depends on your settings. But just because it's the same "static" imagine doesn't mean it's not downloading it over and over again. I have different "record" video encoding settings than I do streaming settings (streaming is typically lower quality so that you don't have a HUGE data usage hit). I have 5x 4MP IP cameras I've installed around our house. If I streamed those at the highest quality, that would be some hella data usage! but instead I stream them at ~150 kbps ea. But if I'm live feeding from all 5 cameras at once then that's 0.75 mbps. Of course, I'm just checking on the dog usually, which only takes a couple seconds.

Edit: I also don't use any social media platforms like FB, twitter, instagram, etc.

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