Now that many cell phone carriers are offering tiered data plans for less money than an unlimited data plan, watching your wireless data usage is more important. New Windows Phone 7s coming to AT&T and T-Mobile next month will have apps built in that will help you monitor your data usage on your account. If you decide to sign up for one of the cheaper data plans, you might be surprised when your new Windows Phone decides to use up your entire monthly allotment in one week.
Here’s a tip to keep it within your limits. If you go to Settings > Cellular, there’s an option to shut off the carrier’s data connection completely. This will ensure that you don’t use any more of your service plan’s data package until you turn the option back on. Phone calls will still work, of course, so this is not turning off the radio. Also, any WiFi connections will still allow you to sync up with Windows Live, Exchange, Gmail, Facebook, Xbox Live, Zune, and anything else that wants to access the internet.
If you’re buying a new Windows Phone 7 soon along with a limited 200 Mb or 250 Mb monthly data plan, we highly recommend that you turn off the data connection and use a WiFi connection instead during initial setup. When you first log-in with all of your email and social networking accounts, then start downloading your favorite apps, you’re going to be using a lot of data as the phone will be downloading all sorts of contacts, emails, calendar appointments, photos, Facebook posts, Xbox LIVE 3D avatars, etc.
Just remember when you’ve got the data connection switch off that you’re not going to get push updates where ever you go. Are any of you planning on going for a limited yet cheaper data plan?