How Much Data Do You REALLY Use?

So last week saw a story run regarding T-Mobile and data caps and it was of course, a hot button topic. So I wanted to pose the question to you, our dear readers…exactly how much data do you really use in a given month. Assuming you aren’t downloading the latest movie via torrents, what does your data usage look like? In the last seven days, I’ve used 47 MB’s on my phone in case anyone wanted to know. So what say you, where do you fall? Is there an option here I’m missing and should include?


  • Mo

    I just checked my Family Plan data usage for last month and noticed something very interesting: My wife is using more data than I am!!! ???
    I guess I’m mostly on WiFi while my WiFe is not. LOL

    • Brian

      LOL!!!! that is a good one!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Hey, where’s the “FIRST” comment? The first comment is not allowed to be a sensible one that makes actual sense. You are violating the Rules of the Forum Poster. 5 Demerits.

      • Dave

        lmao. Good ones from both of you. +2, Win!

  • Will

    Used 558MB last month. Surprising, honestly. Thankfully I have unlimited, but still…

    • Carl

      Thats exactly what I thought when I saw my usage of only 612MB. I guess the G1 isn’t the fastest at pulling data so I use less b/c of it. I’m sure I’ll use much more when I get the HD7 or G4…

      • cp

        So, when does the G4 come out? LOL.. Im just kidding,

  • Jet

    I control a family plan for myself, my wife and her parents, we have 2 myTouch’s and 1 vibrant and our total data usage last month was just over 1 gig for all three phones. I would for sure say it is due to having wifi set up just about anywhere we use our phones.

    The only time I really used a lot of over the air data last month I was on dreaded edge for 6 hours, so it really wasn’t much.

  • QuikZilver

    I checked and it says I have used 2878 which I’m guessing is 2.8 gigs.

  • ZeroX

    I dont even know where to check lol

  • ren

    I just got a text message from Tmobile. Stating that Due to the amount of data you have used this billing cycle, your speed will be slowed for the remainder of the cycle.

    Oh well…..

    • Frigadroid

      Me too !! With three days to go in the cycle. This Vibrant is a bandwidth hog. I guess it won’t make sense to upgrade to the 4g until Tmobile gets the network built up enough to handle the phones out now, kind of embarrassing.

  • Userfriendlyme

    im so gonan jump on the new data plans. 30 bucks for 4 lines each is truly a waste of money when we dont use unlimited data switching my data plans to a 9.99/10 dollar plan right off will save me 80 bucks on my bill a month.

  • Farhan

    I never had to use data until I bought an HTC HD2. Now I only use data to check and respond to emails and I am averaging around 150-180MB a month.

  • Evan

    I checked my month to date data usage, and it was under 50 MB’s….

  • PittsburghG1

    how do you check how much data you use?

    Also, seriously, how are people using over 5 GB of data. Please tell me you are tethering??? If so, you can’t complain because technically you are not supposed to tether and every other carrier charges more for tethering.

    • doug

      Someone watching lots of youtube videos, renting blockbuster videos, or streaming music most of the day every day could probably exceed that cap. Mind you these are all capabilities and software that shipped with the phone.

      Also tethering isn’t disallowed, its just not supported in any fashion what so ever. If you know how to do it, good for you. T-mobile CS isn’t going to tell you how to do it if you don’t know how

      Though honestly with family plans, now they that they are moving to tiered services. why can’t a single $30/month data plan cover the entire family plan, with usage from all phones tallying up to that 5gb limit? once you hit it all phones are slow as molasses.

      • joel

        Actually Doug, tethering is not just “not supported,” it’s expressly forbidden in the terms and conditions. Granted, I’m sure it’s sure a “CYA” move that T-Mobile made and doesn’t really enforce, but it IS there.


        Section 10:

        “Permissible and Prohibited Uses: Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging, and similar activities on your Device and not on any other equipment. Unless explicitly permitted by your Data Plan, other uses, including for example, using your Device as a modem or tethering your Device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted.”

  • Homey

    2 Blackberry phones on my family plan at less than 500megs combined. I am guessing it may go up when I switch over to the G2.

    • ogopogo

      it will definitely go up. I know that we all bag on Blackberry, but they use compression (very effectively).

  • m4n3x7

    I usually use about 6 – 7 based on their site so kinda upset about the change. Download a lot of music to phone and videos that I watch and delete on my hd2

  • phongeek

    hmmm mine is

    • phongeek

      that would be roughly 1.2GB

      • NiiDiddy

        what all do you do on your phone? just wondering…

  • Sphan

    Not sure why, but using tmobile 3g with the vibrant, it shows more than 7gb of data usage. Didn’t feel like I was going over 1gb. Only watched youtube and checked facebook.

    • 2FR35H

      YOutube is a massive data hog and especially facebook. Because with facebook it is constantly refreshing which means downloading data.

      • Frigadroid

        They sell you a phone with 16gb internal storage. An awesome super amoled display. With you tube, mobi tv & samsung media hub. What do they expect you to do?
        I have been downloading all my favorite music videos from the 70s to modern day. When I run out of room I just pop in another micro sd card and keep going. Poor I phone users they will never have the ability to rock on like us in the Android family because their daddy won’t let them.

  • Chevyrockstar

    My GF has use just over 200 and we still have 13 days til bill closes

  • tmo

    just checked last month— 416 mb’s… i use wifi a lot when at home, still shocked how low it was.

  • Sasha

    I used only 758mb. Personally, that’s interesting. If phones started to enable teathering I might be using 3gb at the most.

    • 2FR35H

      How do you figure that is the most you will use?

      • Sasha

        I think because at most I’ll use three times as much.

  • CO_yeti

    I had been using around 1 gb, but since they have turned on HSPA in my area I haven’t been connecting to wifi and my usage is up to 3 gb…. however that is also with tethering my phone to stream direct TV football games on Sundays! 5 gb would be unreachable for me.

  • Jet

    You know this will change quite a bit for me once we get a netflix client. I cap out my home internet connection at least once a quarter due to how much netflix I watch.

    • fujitsujeff

      Once Netflix for Android comes, I expect my data to be a lot higher than it is now. Last month I was at 1.9 GB for the month. I am noticing my data input increasing exponentially. This 5 GB cap may get interesting …

  • Dave

    356k last month. I am joining the team, HEAVY WiFi user here. Just me alone who uses data on the family plan. My granny doesn’t even know how to compose a text message let alone browse the web from her phone; yet, after using COMPUTERS all day, & working @ a phone company who used to manufacture cell phones (AT&T Retiree). Oh granny… -_- :D lol. BTW, I’m currently a Vibrant User (soon to be Dell Venue Pro user :D, Die haters that wanted the Venue Pro, but wanted to tear T-Mobile down because they’re getting it & your carrier get the sucky Windows 7 phone compared to ours, WIN!)

  • some internet dude

    Any hear not only are they going tiered service for data but they are going to get ride of the unlimited plan. This blows, ive been with tmo since they where called voice stream. I guess it mite be time to look for someone new.

    • doug

      Who would you go to? they are all going tiered. at least with t-mobile they are nice enough to throttle, rather than cut you off entirely, or to hit you up for a surprise charge on your next bill

  • Brian

    I stream music, transfer files to and from dropbox, i watch videos, i check email, i use google maps, i tether to my ipad. All with my Nexus One every day. I used a little over 500MB last month. How the hell do you reach 5GB?

  • Jmc87

    When does your internet starts to slown down? after 3gb of usage?

    • Jmc87

      My comment has been awaiting moderation for about an hour, WTF? This site is full of it

    • DavidOhio

      Well let’s see, the article says that once you reach 5gb of data usage you will get a text from t-mobile stating that you have reached 5gb of data and your speeds will be slowed down. Therefore I would assume that 5gb would be the answer you seek, not 3gb.

      • Jmc87

        Thanks dude, I appreciate it

  • PimpStrong

    I’m right about 2GB

  • Robobank

    I have tethered my phone for approximately 9 years with Voicestream/TMO. My phones have been Motorola V-60, V-300, V330 (Dialup Speeds), TMO Dash (Edge Speeds), TMO Dash 3G and now TMO Touch pro 2 3G, I have used Motorola software which I bought from T-Mobile online store along with data cable to Tether. When I moved to the TMO Dash (Edge Speeds). I started using Internet Sharing with Windows 6.1 to 6.5 it came with the phone. I had TMO tech support when I needed to work. I also have a second line on my phone I use for Faxing to my PC using Winfax Pro 10 which I had to setup with T-Mobiles Tech Support. As with any thing the article said 1% are abusers. That is a small number. With T-Mobile TV and Live Streaming, VOIP it will put a strain on there network. They are giving us unlimited access but not unlimited Data. The next Generations of phones will use more Data with more apps accessing TMO network at Faster speeds, Faster speeds means more Data. I hope they reconsider the 5GB Cap or at least let up pay a little more for Unlimited. Just so you know this is the only Internet I have had for 9 years. It can be done, it better now that I do not have to get up and get a cup of coffee for the page to load.

    • pjs

      BTW v330 was the first EDGE phone Motorola release for T-Mobile

  • ZeroX

    How the hell do you guys know how much data your using? I’ve tried lookin all over in My T-Mobile and I can’t see who much I use.

    • Smooth3d

      Same here I cant find out how much data I use to save my life, its not on the website.

    • Camille

      look on your bill on the T-Mobile website

    • grothenberger

      When you’re signed in to My T-Mobile, under Monitor Account Use, click on See recent use. On the next page, choose the data tab. It’ll tell you your data usage since your current billing cycle started. If you want to see past usage, it’s on your bill summary. For example, last month I used 324M. Hope that helps.

    • AaronHowardNM

      Log into your account and right under the first tab Monitor Use I clicked on the button Show Recent Use. From there I clicked on my phone line and once the data loaded it was under the Data section.

  • mikeybot

    Hrm, I’m up to 664 MB so far this billing period.

  • papeshfoo

    I checked mine the other day and I was at almost 700mb. I use web all the time and stream Slacker fore hours at a time. I really thought I used more, but I guess not.

  • 2FR35H

    Thank you david for doing this post.

    From this we can tell how much data on average tmo users are using from what it is now

    out of 363 people 206 people use over 1gb a month. which is basically saying approxiametely 56.75% of people use over 1gb a month.

    29.75% of people use more than 1gb but less than 2gb

    25.34% use less than 1gb I wonder how much it would really be broken up maybe around 18% of people use more than 500mb’s but less than 1gb

    most certainly what you can take from hear is that 200mb’s a month isn’t for most people really just about maybe 30% of people.

    Really it is impossible to believe them saying only 1% of people would be affected by the cap drop, damn near 12% of us here use over 5gb’s

    27% of people use more than 2gb’s

    73% use less than 2gb’s or none at all.

    • somebody

      “Really it is impossible to believe them saying only 1% of people would be affected by the cap drop, damn near 12% of us here use over 5gb’s”

      it is possible to say that the people who visit this website are people who are very into phones making them ( us ) highly likely candidates for high usage of our phones features..

      my 2 cents

      • 2FR35H

        Possible but highly unlikely. I see the people of this site as the average tmobile customers.

        But furthermore this doesn’t make use of other factors such as Operating System and Bigger Screen size, type of phone…

  • grothenberger

    I’m on track to use about 595M this month. Probably because I’m on WiFi at home and at work (I can’t even get a signal, 3G or Edge in the office). WiFi is anywhere from 15 to 20 times faster than 3G for me, anyway.

  • AaronHowardNM

    Well I used 822 MB which is actually more than I thought I used and my wife has used 199 MB.

  • Deke218

    917.9810 MB from last month. I better step it up.

  • chimphappyhour

    I find it interesting that caps are coming down as more and more data intensive apps are hitting us. Anyone else see a problem with this? Heck, just google voice itself is eating a ton of my data.

  • msnuser111

    I tether a LOT,my usage since sept.22 is 19.8gb. I guess I’m kind of the oddball here? lol and most of that was on a g1,I switched to a N1 last sunday.

  • I’ve only gone over 200MB twice in the past year, most of the time I’m a little over or a little under 100MB.

  • Jtekk

    I am actually afraid that I might go over the limit because I have recently been using USB tethering and have been playing World of Warcraft on my data connection.

    • somebody

      haha nice

  • JohnMcJohnerson

    How can I check my total? I can see a list of every date use on the TMobile website, but I don’t see a total.

  • hahaha wow… i was all worked up about this data cap but it turns out I only used 700mb last month… granted I was on the G1 then and it was always running so poorly that I just didn’t bother doing a lot of things that I’m now doing with my G2… so we’ll see how I’m doing at the end of this month (already up to 400mb). but I’m sure it won’t be over 2gb even.

  • JoshL

    800 mb.

  • Exploding noema

    Just checked my usage, i stream music every day, download movies, and tether when I’m on the road which can be quite a but as a professional musician. Sitting right around 2GB a month, sometimes a little more sometimes a little less.

    Now that my home market is hspa+ I find myself connecting to wifi less frequently so I will be curious as to how much it effects my usage in the coming months.

  • Rushdamian

    With 14 days left in my billing cycle I’ve used up 563 MB…I’ve reached about 4 GB one month during heavy use, but that was some serious heavy use. At least, heavy use for me.

  • eYe

    I was right at about 1gb with my G1 if I did not tether (tethering is a rare occasion, no need for it due to decent cable internet at home. I picked up a G2 and had it for a week before sending it back. I racked up 1gb in just that week! I tried tethering for 2 minutes just to make sure that I’m able to do it with PDA Net but I certainly did not do anything data-intensive (no downloading music/movies, not torrenting, etc) Now, I understand that this might have been due to me playing with that phone a lot (that new gadget, you know :-) ) but G2 did not have T-mobile TV or video chat so this makes me wonder how much data I would use when/if I pick up MT4G. OTH, my wife used to use less then 100MB a month (or so). We picked up her G2 at the same time and she is up to 300MB in 2 weeks. Not a problem for us but it just shows how data-hungry these new phones are.
    My solution to a problem: 5GB hard cap but make it roll-over to next month if we use less and let us share our data. Also, let us buy additional data if needed at discounted price (since we already paid for some, kind of like Sam’s club’s and Costco’s “Buy more, save more” model)

  • claudia64

    I was using on average 50-100 MB per month. Now that Rhapsody is available for BlackBerry, I installed and used it for the first time today. Used 16 MB in just a few hours (great app BTW, tho not free). I figure even if I listen to the same amount 22 days (weekdays) out of the month, I shouldn’t exceed 500 MB. However, once I trade the BB in for whatever’s new and cool on Android come contract renewal next August, I imagine the data usage will greatly increase once I start using Flash.

  • somebody

    proud owner of a dumphone

    O MBS bitch beat that

    i need a new phone -_-

  • Ruufus

    Had data plan with my Behold before and used between 55 and 85 MB a month. Got my HD2 and blam I was up to 2 or 3 GB a month. Lately its tapered to 750MB to 1.2GB. I guess the novelty wore off. When I get a HSPDA+ phone, I asm to through the same novelty phase.

  • anthony

    i hit 790mbs last month but i was in europe for a third of it with the N1. this month, and with my G2, i’m on pace for roughly 1.5GBs.

  • leonowski

    Since I switched to the T-Mobile HD2 (and running Android on it), I’ve been using about 4.8GB a month. I use it a lot for navigation and connecting to my home computer for music (Subsonic server). I also use Pandora and SSH into work a lot.

  • I saw this post and said let me call Tmobile and ask and the Rep said that I used 5,079 MB and that there was a checkbox that said it was throddled down. Immediately after I hung up, and did a speedtest and my meter didn’t go past 1mb up or down…damn now I gotta wait til the 29th..wonder what I did.

  • motocliq owner

    I have a motocliq it used about 2gb last month and I was in Canada! and left it home. Other then calls my cousin didn’t use internet at all ( first time using android didn’t know how to barly call). And weres my update tmobile!

  • i tether on a pretty regular basis and use right around the 5GB, tmo can say that about 1% will be affected because you can see here that most of us don’t use that much, and most tmo customers are not on this site daily.

    and they are probably counting people withou data plans

  • Hammeedo

    I’m going to benefit from the lower price, over the last 3 months I have averaged around 1GB. However my wife averages less than 50MB a month, thats a savings of $15 a month :D

    • justaphoneuser

      I use less then 5gb, but I have been paying for 10b for years now. If when I finally get a phone that supports netflix, etc. I am suddenly down to 5 I will be pissed. I WILL go to sprint. This is bad customer service from the very top. I have loved t-moble, but f’ this…

      • Peter

        Am gonna have to agree with you on that one. Sprint or VZ is looking pretty good right now.

      • z

        hell no guys they about to introduce some BS plan, that charge you an arm and a leg if you go over, rather i stay with a lil slower speed than to pay overages… trust me

      • hammeedo

        I would stay away from anything that is CDMA, no simultaneous voice and data is a no go for me. I occasionally tether, and the fact that I can still use the phone at the same time is a must. Maybe a tiered approach is what they need, unlimited, < 5GB, < 2GB and < 500MB. I do think that 200 is a low number however as long as we are near a wifi connection we are fine.

        The truth is that Tmobile should be targeting home users who might consider replacing their Cable or DSL, this of course would be the unlimited option check this out as an option:

        My brother, overseas, uses a similar device for home internet access. Of course as an add on to my phone I don't see myself going over 5GB in the foreseeable future.

  • NokiaN900User

    Average of 2273MB

  • Paul

    i use my phone a lot for work, from browsing the web, to navigation, streaming music, e-mail, and facebook. this is the 3rd month i’ve gone over 5GB. I don’t tether and i don’t download movies, just the occassional song here and there. It seems very counter productive that t-mobile would cap their data plans when every phone they’re coming out with is more and more data intensive. Its ridiculous in my opinion. I’m seriously getting fed up with this. Im on my way out T-Mobile!

    • Shawn

      Your on your way out? To where? To pay up the arse for any more that 2GB?

      • felix

        maybe me out tmo to sprint

    • Howie_in_AZ

      Exactly. I don’t understand how TMobile could tout their HSPA+ network with massive data speeds and then limit downloads. It’s the equivalent of taking a Yugo to a racetrack.

  • Thierry

    250 Mo, as more is factured around 5$/Mo.
    Yay for Europe, where mobile bandwith is more precious than gold…
    The 1Gb plan is 150$ per month (but including unlimited voice calls) talk about a ripoff.

  • Matt

    10 GB…i watch porn at school and on the bus though.

    • somebody

      you better hope every house your bus drives by has wifi

      gona have to switch real fast and maybe steal some passwords

  • Matt

    The past 4 months I’ve hit the 10GB cap. Why? My phone Vibrant pulls in podcasts from TWiT, as well as that’s the only content I really consume as if it were TV. Also watch YouTube videos. That and being in an HSPA+ coverage area doesn’t help me. July I had 23-24GBs of usage. August more like 17GB, September 13GB. So far into this month I’ve used 9GB and have 4 more days in my billing cycle. It’s hard to keep myself from actually using my internet when it’s faster than my home broadband (cheapest Comcast option, 1.5 megabit). I understand why T-Mobile is doing it, but the speed they throttle to is first off slow. 80KB/s according to my numerous speed tests. And it’s forced, at that. Even forcing my phone into EDGE it is stuck at 80KB/s, and FYI, EDGE speeds are NOT that slow under normal conditions. I’m used to 200-300KB/s on EDGE when I lose 3G. They really need to fix their throttle if it’s going to be “EDGE-like” speeds. More like GPRS times 2 speeds are what I see.

    • TimmyT

      Cripes, how many spare batteries do you have?

  • LarryH

    @paul what is you talking bout every mobile company data useage is 5GBs now only diffrence is that T-Mobile throttles while everyone else cut you off

  • i have a question

    I dont want to sound dumb on this, but is there any way that i can check how much data i use? im under my dads account so on mytmobile i cant see anything cuz he blocked me from everything. is there any other way/

    • somebody

      pretty sure most t mobil phones now a days come with an app that tells you all your usage / billing info

      i dont know if it works if you’re blocked but worth a try

  • When I had my BB I would average 100mb-200mb a month, I just bought a G2 so I wonder how much I’ll use now.

  • That Guy

    Doesn’t Matter ’cause I have unlimited data on T-Mobile! B-)

    • Garet

      unlimited unlit you hit that 5GBs mark and then your speeds are throttled still allowed to use as much as you want but just slower speeds

      • Garet

        until not unlit LOL

  • anthonyabsolute

    how do you check how much you use ..?

  • …..really?

    Anyone who says they use more than 5gbs in a non-abusive situation is lying. Don’t believe their hype. I was using 3g tethering as my sole internet connection (including steaming video for hours) for a week or so and only reached 830 MBs. This is a good limit, as we don’t want some to ruin it for the rest of us. It is a limit that you will never reach if you go on a vacation for 2 weeks, without a dedicated internet connection, and use your phone to tether you to the internet the entire duration. Don’t be dishonest or abusive, people…..

    • notme

      I dont think it is lying. My wife has a Moto Cliq. She doesnt stream, doesnt even know what tethering means, and doesnt have a facebook account, so no picture uploads, etc.

      She uses 2GB / month. ONLY websites and maybe 20 emails a day tops.

      • somebody

        pretty sure thats the magic of motoblur at work

      • popartist

        I dunno, she must have some processes going all the time, I had the Cliq for 10 months (until a couple of weeks ago), and never went over 600MBs and that was with MotoBlur updating Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, news feeds, web browsing and the occasional YouTube video.

      • notme

        she is disabled and can not use a regular computer… uses this for everything.

      • Steve Jobless

        Probably lying to you about the whole “Facebook” thing. I would run her e-mail through the search. Then again, she could have 2 e-mails…

    • 2FR35H


      Shut it, you can’t compare yourself to others, its incorrect.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Sheesh… you sound like you work for a carrier, calling customers liars. Does your label include the disabled spouse described in here?

      LOL… when did anyone say that YOUR lifestyle is against which reasonable behavior should be measured?

      Thanks but no thanks, especially since your lifestyle is not one that any of us wants to live. ;)

  • cp

    U use about 1.5 gigs a month on my G1, but I only use my G1 at home. Im probably gonna get a Windaws 7 Phone in January so it might go up but probably not much.

    • cp

      Correction: “I” use…

  • anthonyabsolute

    how do you check how much gbs i use

  • anthonyabsolute

    how can i check how much i use

  • todor

    OK i was capped on 512 kbit/s because i get over 10gb ,BUT a few days ago i experienced hspa+ speeds on my g1 even though my billing cycle ends tomorrow.So maybe there will be no cap at hspa+(only for 5days i have 10gb(4mbit/s) + 10gb from 3g(1mbit/s) – before i get “capped”

  • Broke

    Using way under 1gb and movie times and sports scores don’t cut it. I do A LOT over the course of a day and throughout the month. But, I think the fact that I stream, download, and tether very little is the key point here.

    That said, I think people should be able to use whatever they please as it is “unlimited.” If the technology can’t handle it, then improve on it or charge less for incremental caps and stop punishing the consumer for it.

  • deceptivesmiles

    I use less than 400MB per month unlike my wife who uses it more when checkin MTO and Facebook. I feel if they made that cheaper data 1gb, we would be comfortable w/ the usage and could switch. Right now I def wouldn’t risk it

  • Duck Dodgers

    I have never gone over 1GB with my old MDA or TP2 and now my HD2. I have come close, but never have gone over. Tether some when out of town, but rarely when home. I usually surf the web and email on the 30 min bus ride to work and home and 30-40 min during lunch.

  • jennifer

    im paying $35 for data but that includes unlimited text messages

    ive read reports of some people paying $10-$20/$30 for data

    so am I paying $5 more for unlimited texting? or $10 more for unlimited texting?

  • edaddy

    347MB. Plenty of room to spare for me. Light weight I guess.

  • I usually don’t go past 1.5GB a month. But when I started streaming music using Pandora, I jumped to like 2GB. Then once I started using my Slingbox, I hit 5.4GB.

  • fish

    i think mototurd increases my download. stupid mototurd

  • Inuyasha

    I usually use around 1GB/mo on my HD2, and anywhere between 2.5-5GB/mo on my webconnect Rocket.

  • Will

    i use like 400mb a month… GO WIFI

  • DCTransplant

    I would use more if I had a phone with a browser that took less time than my lawn requires to grow an inch. My HTC-Google phone contract is now complete and I’m in the market for a new phone. Limiting my data isn’t a problem now but likely will be very soon. Phooey on that idea.

  • Nate

    Usually around 500 mb a month. Last month a little over 2 GB.

  • mtnman

    Just checked my bill to see how much data I’m using and it comes up to 1.37GB’s of data. Now I do a lot of streaming of talk radio at work and that’s from about 10-5pm. I still have 3 days left on my billing cycle, so no worries about going over.

  • hector

    ive used 2gigs to 3 gigs per month stearming videos on youtube or skyfire or spb tv also alot of slacker radio or pandora but ive never gone over 5GB’s

  • Spokker

    With two days left in the billing cycle, I’m at roughly 3 gigs.

    I use Zumo Drive, Pandora, YouTube and occasional tethering, among other things.

  • Noel

    I just like to have unlimited everything even though i don’t use that much of voice, text or data. I like to have the option just incase i wonna use more. I dont wonna be charged extra for going over minutes, text or data. For instance even though i have unlimited everyth i seldomly go above 1000 txt msgs or over 1000 peak hr minutes…

  • derrickps3

    i have unlimited blackberry web…..which comes included with my plan, talk+text+web

  • Trill

    Is this really a big deal? You still get unlimited data however if you go over the cap they slow your speed down so same thing as before but not with such a huge cap.

    I admit I averaged 13 to 15GB in a month but I also to a bit of testing on android and one is a streaming app

  • Nhat

    5328 last month, but we were watching football at one point.

  • blogginpig

    This month, 703MB for ~2 weeks, so about 1.4GB this month if I don’t do anything more with the phone. Pretty light 2 weeks actually since I haven’t been watching much streaming video/TV.

    That doesn’t include tethering – just whatever I’m doing on the phone itself.

    Tether and stream, or d/l, or watch more TV and I easily exceed 5GB / month.


    In the end, it’s the limitation of their build-out – insufficient bandwidth on TMo’s end to handle unlimited 24/7 connectivity. Guess they’ll have to add WiMax or LTE before we get true mobile broadband ala cable/dsl.

    Not to mention poor coverage, still. Raining hard today, and guess what in LA? Poof! My streaming 3G TV goes down. sigh…. Verizon/Sprint is gonna kill Tmo long-term if they can’t get their system built-out to handle heavy usage.

  • Markus

    I used on average about 7GB month till you published the cap story then T-mobile started throttling me, I got myself a clear hot-spot and now I use mobile 4G for my data and dropped t-mo data since I am on NO contract.

  • tmorep

    emails with attachments are what take up a ton of data… honestly the only reason why tmo is doing the caps is because 2% of customers are abusing data which is why tmo had to adjust and make this change. People that are doing over 5gb just need to get a data card or web connect cuz thats a ridiculous amount of data to be used on a phone… pretty much tmo changed cuz those 2% ruined it for everyone else, dont hate tmo, blame the other people that ruined it for you

  • Vibrant Addict

    Wow after seeing this I appreciate the new 5GB data cap. A lot of people are data hogs. The majority seem to have no problem with 5GB.

    • Rabobank

      It has nothing to do with as you say “data hogs”. When I signed up it was for unlimited, then there was the 10gb cap, now it is 5gb cap. My point is with all these new apps for our phones we will all see Bandwith problems. If these phone were just for making calls there would not any discussion on this, but they are selling us smartphones with these cool features… now let us use them.

  • Stupid 4 business

    Probably the stupiest thing I have ever heard…. Sooner or later customers are going to realize the rather pay for cable (unlimited) Internet than 30 bucks a month for 5gb. There goes thier data sales!

  • Yezz

    I use around 300mb/month but most of time I just use the wifi connection from school or home.

  • Not sure what my usage is since flex play accounts don’t show it on your page but I have about 2.3 GB of podcasts that update weekly and download over 3G. Also, mucho corporate email, facebooking, image uploading and sharing, text and video mms, youtube uploads. If it uses data, I do it.

  • Kris

    The last three months, my average usage was 645 MB a month. The new plans of 200MB for 9.99 would not work. But I wouldn’t hit 5GB a month… I did just get a G2 and have been using the hell out of streaming music. For the past 6 days I have used 400MB but I still don’t think I would hit 5GB… 30/6 =5 * 400 = 2000

    I would be able to use 3GB for tethering if I wanted (since I have the temp root solution working right now). Only times I use wifi tethering is when I am at an airport (I fly 3 times a year) 1GB each time would be very high if I even decide to use my laptop to browse the internet instead of the phone itself.

  • Speculation

    As more and more streaming content becomes available to cell phone users I predict that the 5GB cap is going to prove too low for most users by this time next year.

    With the introduction of tmobile tv, they are offering a service that alone will chew through 5GB a month easily even if you only stream a couple hours of tv a day, which I can easily see the “average” user doing.

  • izzyskywalker

    For the love of god people! Tmo doesn’t set their policies according to your individual needs. So what if you use 5GB consistently? The fact is, the majority of people don’t reach that limit.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    For what it’s worth, if T-Mobile ever throttles my connection I will cancel my accounts, keep my home broadband connection, and get some prepaid phones.

    Even though I have the latest phones and enjoy them, I am not so in love with smartphones that I can’t do without. Besides, prepaid carriers now have data and also Android phones.

    So I’d rather just cut back on cell and save $720 yearly on the plan and go back to using a phone for calls and checking e-mails (since e-mail is a low band width use, prepaids offer really cheap e-mail only packages.

    • Barry

      Exactly. Me personally I can’t pay $30 plus an additional $50+ a month for home internet. I will gladly suspend my services with T-Mobile and move elsewhere. The other thing that pisses me off about this is why offer all these new services knowing its going to boost data usage. But the price stays the same they need to cut the price down since they’re cutting the cap in half.

  • Brad C

    On my G2 i’ve used ~3gb this mo, but it’s because i let slacker do it’s cache on WiFi since Cox has destroyed my internet (500k at best on a 12Mbps connection since my node is overloaded), and my data card that i’ve been using as my regular connection on HSPA+ while im out on vaca with family (still reg usage at night since im use to Phoenix time and everyone’s asleep here since it’s 3hrs ahead) i’ve managed to use 1/2 a gig in a week on my Rocket and that includes my slacker and pandora, a few itunes, a few youtube videos, and my normal web surfing.

    The fact is that normal web surfing does not take up *that* much bandwidth, it’s when you get into the streaming stuff that you have issues.

    It may also help that i have a mac and dont have the gb’s of windows updates to download what seems like every other day as well, as when i use my Dell with Windows 7, it seems to download a couple of hundred of megs of windows updates every few days to a week

  • mingkee

    I use 7-8 GB (EM+ 3 in 1 and webconnect combined).
    My data usage ratio:
    phone 6 : tethered 1

  • deckrider

    According to my bill, I’m using 80-90 MB per month, but am a heavy wifi user … lots of podcasts (Google Listen) and YouTube.

  • terry

    since i dropped RCN internet(20mb dl, 2mb ul), my network usage has doubled from an average of 3gb per month, has gone to 6gb. so far this month, 10 days of my billing cycle, i’ve used 597mb. think i need to get my home internet reconnected, even the low end will match the supposed hspa+ that is available here with 3mb dl

  • Greg

    I don’t think I’ve ever gone over 2.5G and most months are closer to 500MB. I don’t do a lot of gaming or video and I don’t rely on tethering on a regular basis but I don’t like the idea of locking in limits as phone capabilities continue to grow. We keep adding features and functionality to the phones – streaming video and even TV, etc., then they start to clamp down on the bandwidth. That’s a mixed message. Rates are already at the upper limit of what the functionality is worth, I’d just get a tablet PC with WiFi and a non smartphone rather than pay through the nose.

    Boost now offers an Android phone, others will follow. The major carriers need to compete or they will be losing business.

  • rickb928

    Using my G1 and Cyanogenmod 5.0.8, I’m using 650MB/mo. My most common use is browsing, Maps, News & Weather, 20-100 emails a day, and maybe an hour or two of tethering via WiFI Tether.

    I used to average 500MB, but using Eclair seems to have increased that – most likely the News & Weather app.

    My wife uses a BB Curve, and reads a lot of website news and blogs, and she cracks 300MB some months.

  • Patrick

    got throttled last month for going over my 10gb max lol

  • CLIQuid Damage

    I average 2.5GB/month over the network, obviously not including wifi use.

  • Andy

    I stream MSNBC on the drive home after work, and at work sometimes at work when the web filters cut me off. I ran over 10 gigs last billing cycle and just before the end of this one. I got the throttling text last night, and e-mailed the court in Norcal today to try and jump on the class action suit today. Sorry T-Mobile, but this one doesn’t pass the smell test.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      That’s what I used to use MobiTV for, watching MSNBC that was one of the few live TV channels it has (because MSNBC provides a net version of its broadcast).

      I too would listen to MSNBC in the car while driving. Fantastic way to pass the time in bumper to bumper.

      I did a test one time, two hours of TV viewing used about 280MB (or thereabouts) of data.

      With 30 days in the billing cycle, just watching an hour of TV a day (quite reasonable IMHO) puts one in danger of going over a 5GB limit, assuming one uses other bandwidth-sucking features, such as uploading or viewing YouTube videos, watching a streamed movie once a week, or listening on Pandora.

      As much as I love my Vibrant and the concept of using it for all my “remote online needs,” I am rethinking the concept and may go to a prepaid carrier, use my phone to simply check e-mails and continue to use office and home net connections for net access.

  • what?

    How do you figure out how much you are using, and what do these numbers really mean? How much do you use for each level of usage? How many emails, downloads, and videos can watch? It would nice if you guys at TMONEWS broke it down, for the survey.

  • Sulu600

    <200 Meg's per month. Stuck here in KY with mostly GPRS, so usage on the network is limited to google map+navigation, facebook posts, gmail, twitter, news. Usage on My T-Mobile scares me, over 20+ pages of data usage, however usually only .002Kb per item. GPRS sucks. This area has had a large influx of people moving from St. Louis, D.C. area and Indianoplis. They live outside of Louisville's limited 3G coverage and drop to GPRS speeds…most are switching to AT&T or Sprint, both of which have good 3G coverage in the Ft. Knox area.

    The other thing that sucks is that I have a MT3G phone, which is a "Premium Smart Phone" under TMO's new data rules and not eligible for the 10 dollar, 200 Mb data plan. If it wasn't for WiFi, would go back to my RAZR 3. Paying $25 for Andriod data plan + $5 for 300 text.

  • Tmo csr

    10. * Data Plans and Other Features. You will be charged for data usage on a pay per use basis unless you are required to maintain a data plan (“Data Plan”) as part of your Service, or as otherwise provided by your Rate Plan or prepaid data pass. Permissible and Prohibited Uses: Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging, and similar activities on your Device and not on any other equipment. Unless explicitly permitted by your Data Plan, other uses, including for example, using your Device as a modem or tethering your Device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted. Other examples of prohibited uses can be found in Section 17. Protective Measures: To provide a good experience for the majority of our customers and minimize capacity issues and degradation in network performance, we may take measures including temporarily reducing data throughput for a subset of customers who use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. If your total usage exceeds 5GB (amount is subject to change without notice; please check T-Mobile’s T&Cs on for updates) during a billing cycle, we may reduce your data speed for the remainder of that billing cycle. If you use your Data Plan in a manner that could interfere with other customers’ service, affect our ability to allocate network capacity among customers, or degrade service quality for other customers, we may suspend, terminate, or restrict your data session, or switch you to a more appropriate Data Plan.

    clause #10 of all tmobile contracts

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    For those of you who keep asking how to access info on data use:

    Log on to your T-Mobile account, “My T-Mobile….com”

    Click “Manage Account” that’s in the middle of the page.

    Click “Account Use” that’s in the top left of the next screen.

    Click “Data” that’s one of five tabs that will appear on the next page.

    Your current billing cycle usage will show up. Note it says to say past billing cycle use, click where it says: “Go to billed usage.”

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Also note that you can download your monthly usage as Microsoft Excel files.

    If you don’t have Excel you can download a free Excel viewer/reader from Microsoft.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Oh, my usage last month was 2.8GB. I used my Slingbox maybe ten times, YouTube maybe 10 times, downloaded a lot of Android apps, and watched a few news streams.

    But it’s my Slingbox “cable TV on my phone” that used the most bandwidth.

    Test: I recall the time and date I went on a ferry boat ride to conduct some business. Since T-Mobile’s usage chart too shows the exact date and time when data use took place I can tell you exactly what Slingbox uses (which again, is watching cable TV on my Vibrant).

    For about 20 minutes watching in HD mode, T-Mobile usage shows 54MB use. So that’s a bit more than watching MobiTV, that uses less bandwidth than Slingbox.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I suggest people do a “bandwidth sucking” test, note the date and time, then log on to your T-Mobile account and note the usage.

    Since T-Mobile provides current usage numbers seems it would be easy enough conduct the test and look up the results right after.

    It would be useful if people would provide the numbers on here:

    Your Connection: 3G, EDGE (or HSPA+)

    Use: (TV, net, YouTube, Pandora, movie)

    Total time used: (according to your clock)

    T-Mobile Use: (total that shows up on your account).

    I’ll watch an hour of cable TV (Slingbox) and report back in here.

  • Budjones

    Talk to your friends with the new 4G without WiFi, oh, but by the way, don’t use it more than a few minutes a day because we will cut you off.