My Cellular Data Usage is Lower Than Thought – How About You?

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I, too, was outraged when I heard that AT&T was putting a stop to their unlimited data plan for mobile devices. As a cell phone reviewer and enthusiast, data is the lifeblood that gives my mobile device internet, email, video, and everything else that matters. Once my anger settled, I decided to log into my account on wireless.att.com and see how much data I was actually using. You can do this yourself by going to that website and hitting “see past data usage.”

I figured it would be far above the 2GB threshold that the new $25 per month data plan would allow. But guess what? It was far less, even though each month I receive hundreds of emails and uncountable attachments, stream about a dozen videos, listen to hours of Pandora, and even use WiFi tethering for several hours. On average, I do 600-800mb of cellular data per month!

Have you looked to see how much data you’re using? It’s important that you do so, because it’s only a matter of time (I give it two months, max) before the other carriers do likewise. Let us know in the comments…tell us what phone you’re using (and on what carrier), and your average amount of data in MB.

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.