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Help understanding smartphone data usage
#320523 08/29/10 10:33 PM
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Hey guys,

I'm getting the Samsung Galaxy S tomorrow and I have a question or two regarding data plans.

With this being my first "data capable" phone, I don't have a sweet clue how much usage one would typically use, and if it gets used up hastily when online. I don't plan on surfing the Internet very much, but I want a plan with sufficient enough data (500 MB, 1 GB etc.) so I don't end up spending a heap of cash if I go over. I hope I explained everything properly.

So, there are these plans available (let me know if the link doesn't work) through my provider, Bell.

I really don't want to have to spend any more than $60 if possible. I'm really only getting the phone for its touch screen capability as it will be more accessible than my Razor 2.

I know many of you have similar phones, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if my question is somewhat obfuscate and hard to understand, I'm sorry smile .

Thank you very much,
Cam


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Ya_basta #320524 08/29/10 11:15 PM
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I've been wanting the same thing, but the last time I looked, it was over $100 per plan, so I haven't looked in a while. Then, at least here in USA is the Cricket plans, which for about $45 have unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data, but I don't think they have any android phones to choose from. So, I'm still looking.

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CatBrat #320530 08/29/10 11:53 PM
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Everyone knows me, and can probably guess how much I'd use a smart phone. I have an older Android, by the way, and love it. Last month I hit 345 MB, and I do believe that was a new record.

So that should help you plan accordingly.


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CatBrat #320531 08/29/10 11:54 PM
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The cheapest smartphone plan is $50/month and includes -

100 local minutes
100 bonus local minutes
500 MB of data
+ Personal email
+ Instant messaging
+ Internet browsing
+ Tethering8

Is this basically useless (easily used up)?


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Ya_basta #320534 08/30/10 12:12 AM
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Good call on the Samsung Galaxy S. I’m picking one up as soon as Verizon starts selling their version. For me it came down to the Droid X and the Samsung and the PQ on the Samsung just destroyed the Droid X when I compared them side by side.

Unless you plan on watching videos or listening to lots of radio over the internet I think the 500Mb plan should work. It works out to about 16Mb/day which is a lot if you are just checking email and things like the weather or online banking. You might want to contact Bell and see if you start out with the lowest level plan and it isn’t enough if they will let you upgrade plans w/o having to buy out your old one.


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Ya_basta #320536 08/30/10 12:15 AM
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Chris, I do now you are very technically inclined, so I'm guessing that you use your smartphone quite a bit? If that's the case, then 350 MB is a lot of web surfing etc.?


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Ya_basta #320540 08/30/10 12:20 AM
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OK, just checked my iPhone. I last reset the usage on 6/25, and I've sent 34MB and received 96MB. Of course, most of the time I'm on wifi, but you might well be too. I mostly use the phone for data, such as rss feeds, mail, facebook, and an F1 newsfeed.


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Ken.C #320551 08/30/10 01:04 AM
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That 200 minutes of talk time would be a deal breaker for me.

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I do a bit of web surfing. I definitely prefer to use a computer when I'm near one. But I'm checking: e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds; every 15 minutes. Viewing occasional videos on YouTube (in high quality mode), and listening to about a half hour of streamed music from Rhapsody every other day while I go out for a walk.

I hardly use WiFi at all, but if you do have a wireless router at home, that'll keep you from using the data side of your mobile service any time you're in range.


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Good stuff to know. I'm still not sure when I'll get a cell phone, but at least I know the data limit doesn't have to be high for me... at all.

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