Finally getting a smartphone. How much data do I need?

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  1. DYNA BILL

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    The wife and I are on the same plan (ATT) with 2 dumb slider phones (they were free). Hers crapped out today, so I got a free upgrade for 2 smart phones (LG G2). Neither of us like to text, and don't want to send photos or surf the web from the phone. My old bill was about $85/mo. with the old phones. The new plan will run $100/mo. with 300 shared megabytes. I could have gone to 1 shared gigabyte for $120/mo. but not sure we'd ever need it.
    I will probably be the only one to check a website maybe a couple times a day. My wife, probably never.
    Do you think 300 shared mb will be sufficient?
    Thanks.
     
  2. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Nobody did those things until they had smartphones. :)
     
  3. DYNA BILL

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    True, but I think I can resist the urge. :beer
     
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    We are heavy users, have WiFi at home and work, and use about 750 Mb a month each.
     
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    300MB should be enough for you, because you're going to be conscientious. Good chance they will eventually up it for free later. Get on wifi when possible. You sound like you know the deal. You'll be fine.
     
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    Question: If I use the internet while in a hot spot, will I be using up data? I know nothing about this stuff.
     
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    I use my phone as a hotspot as well. I use it quite a bit and never come close to the 2gb I get free with my plan.

    J.R.
     
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    I guess I may not understand what a hot spot really is.
    I have wi-fi in my home. Is that a hot spot?
     
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    It doesn't count against your data if you're on a wifi network.
     
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    Thanks guys! You've answered my questions. :beer
     
  11. GAD

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    Good luck with that. :)

    The reason I said what I did was because I had a 1G plan and I never went over. For years, I was good. But then, I've been in IT for decades, so I know what to avoid.

    Then, one day, I bought my wife a smart phone. She's wasn't a big text user or ever had a smartphone. All was well, until she was at a softball practice and got bored, so decided to watch TV shows on her phone. That's when I started getting alerts. They looked like this:

    Data usage exceeded.
    Data usage exceeded.
    Data usage exceeded.
    Data usage exceeded.
    Data usage exceeded.

    Of course that meant ridiculous overage charges. So now our family has a rule: no video unless you're on WiFi. The four of us now share 10Gb. I don't think we've ever gone over 2GB.

    Try having teenagers! I tether my phone for business, so as far as I'm concerned, I'm the only one that "needs" a data plan. They all know if I go to use it and it's been shut off for overuse, there will be hell to pay in the form of cancelled phones. And that's why we never go over 2GB. :)
     
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    Ha Ha!!! Thanks for the warning, GAD! :D
     
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    we're on metro PCs, $90 per month for two phones, 4 GB of data per phone on our plan. no contract, 4g on tmobiles network.
     
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    Wow! That's pretty good.
    I probably could have done better on the data, but our phones were free since I had to sign up for another 2 year contract. But I've been with ATT since 1997, so no big deal.
     
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    These days with 4G, Instagram, spirit, apps accessing online in the background, location services, videos embedded into Facebook, people not resizing photos. It's so easy to hit 1G.

    I have unlimited plan on mine, it takes the worry out and paying stupid amount when exceeding the limit.

    $20 a month, unlimited data, 600mins, 5000 texts on 3.

    I'm in the UK, not sure if they have a similar plan over where you are.
     
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    Check out Republic, you have to buy the phone, but they have very cheap plans that you can tailor to your needs.
     
  17. Polynitro

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    get wifi on your home comp and you wont use data.

    your phone will automatically connect to available wifi
    places like walmart or any business usually has wifi

    im lucky my phone gets wifi from a local business
    when Im in my backyard so i havent got wifi yet on my comp
     
  18. MoPho

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    Check out Sprint's coverage for your use and then get their competitive offer they are advertising on TV right now. Unlikely to beat it except with an inferior network. Sprint owns the largest amount of spectrum in the US by a long shot and coverage will improve since Google (yes those guys) is now a reseller of Sprint (MVNO). AT&T is not a good option for someone buying on price or service quality (personal experience and also I know a few things about this industry).
     
  19. DYNA BILL

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    I have cable internet, wireless router, laptops and 3 Roku boxes in the house. So I guess I'm set up. :aok
     
  20. Don A

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    We each have 2 gig because it's the min. on our plan. My son and daughter each use all of theirs. I never come close but used about 200 meg using my phone for GPS on a 2-1/4 hour (each way) trip.
     

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