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On average, how much data do you use per month?

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Poll: How much data do you use per month?

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None- I don't have or use data
 
3
6%
Less than 1gb
 
7
15%
1gb-2gb
 
12
25%
3gb-4gb
 
10
21%
5gb -6gb
 
6
13%
7GB or more -
 
10
21%
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On average, how much data do you use per month?

Feel free to say in the comments if your data use is just a phone or if it includes watch/tablet as well.

Personally, I use about 3-4 gb a month. Mostly for streaming audio while driving. I used to get up to 6gb (my former limit) but then I got smarter and just downloaded songs to my phone while on wifi. Thankfully have 11gb now so little chance of going over now.
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Depends.

During NFL season, I can go over 30GB. I have a business and personal plans that add up to 37GB.

Otherwise, I use about 10+.
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Usually 1-2GB. Probably less now that we're home all the time.
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A little less than 10gb per month on average. That's with some unconscious data conserving sometimes too. For instance, I'll decide not to stream or watch something and put it off until later just because I don't feel like using my data even though I have 25GB to use now. The data conserving is bit of a bad habit that I need to shake and just have to realize I should be more free to use more. I don't WFH but I don't bother connecting to wifi at work.
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Less than 1GB per week if I'm in Canada. Maybe 2GB per week if I'm outside of Canada. My main sources of data consumption are backing up photos to Google Photos and reading news. I use apps normally, but don't use social media or steam content and use the browser only if absolutely necessary.
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Dave98 wrote: A little less than 10gb per month on average. That's with some unconscious data conserving sometimes too. For instance, I'll decide not to stream or watch something and put it off until later just because I don't feel like using my data even though I have 25GB to use now. The data conserving is bit of a bad habit that I need to shake and just have to realize I should be more free to use more. I don't WFH but I don't bother connecting to wifi at work.
(Don't mean to judge at all) I think the opposite -- if some mild data conservation habit (mainly "do I really need to stream/watch this right now or wait till I get home; or at least stream in SD / data saving mode") allow me to work with a $30 plan instead of a $60 plan, the savings ($720+tax over 2 years) help to compensate for the crazy expensive $1k+ flagship phones ...

"Want an iPhone and care about camera quality? The 12 Pro Max has the best sensor, and it only costs CAD$1549+tax ... more if you want more than 128GB storage ..."
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I run 10-15gb a month. Sometimes more during playoff season. I’m always on the go so rely a lot on my data.
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ssiu wrote: (Don't mean to judge at all) I think the opposite -- if some mild data conservation habit (mainly "do I really need to stream/watch this right now or wait till I get home; or at least stream in SD / data saving mode") allow me to work with a $30 plan instead of a $60 plan, the savings ($720+tax over 2 years) help to compensate for the crazy expensive $1k+ flagship phones ...

"Want an iPhone and care about camera quality? The 12 Pro Max has the best sensor, and it only costs CAD$1549+tax ... more if you want more than 128GB storage ..."
That's fair but it depends on different thresholds. If that $30-40 plan only gets me 5GB then I'd rather spend the extra money on a better plan than try to conserve every chance I get.
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Averaging 18.3GB last 6 billing cycles. Definitely below my pre pandemic usage.
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I was around 10-13gb a month pre-covid. Now? Maybe 3-4.
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You mean now or pre pandemic normal time?
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Somewhere between 500-1000MB per month!

Though my home internet is 2000x that, give or take.

I restricted what apps can use background data on my phone - that helped a lot.

I take lots of photos - but they upload over WiFi, not over LTE.

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