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    Well, at&t has a 2GB limit. the phones basically revolve around using data, with the people and photo hubs bringing in facebook info, xbox live being online, etc.

    how are your phones faring? do you ever turn off the data to make sure it doesnt waste?
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    Something I noticed on my wifes area and my work torch is they both have options to turn on or off the data reception. Kind of defeates the purpose of having a smart phone. But with wifi being more available everyday. Its almost tempting to go with the lowest data plan offered and just use the wifi receiver on the device. You could always turn the data back on if something couldn't wait. I know that's sorta off topic butr just came to mind.
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    that isnt offtopic at all, I was thinking of doing just that, buying the cheaper data plan and just using wifi. its not a bad option at all
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    I agree 100%. Thinking about even down grading my wifes plan to save the extra 10 a month also.
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    I tell my customers if they can connect to wifi whenever available and make sure you do your downloading of apps/games/music through the zune pc software, then you can easily justify the $15 plan.

    AT&T will let you know if you get close to your cap by sending you a message at 60, 70, 90, 100% of the way there.

    Emails/maps/web pages hardly use data at all unless your emails are always full of pictures and attachments
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    I've never had AT&T send me a warning when I get close to my text message or data caps before.. are you sure this is normal procedure? (Granted, I only had 1mb of transfer before, but still - is this normal, or is it something that's only done with smartphone data plans?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcMaiden View Post

    AT&T will let you know if you get close to your cap by sending you a message at 60, 70, 90, 100% of the way there.
    I will confirm. This exactly the reason my wife is on 2 gigs. We went to the store that day and told them to bump it up thus saving us the 5 bucks if we went over and gaining 1600 MB.

    Also went and bought a wireless router that weekend too. lol
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    I'm so glad I have my AT&T unlimited data plan... I really wish they still offered it to everyone, especially for a device/OS that relies so much on the internet (in a good way)
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    I'm 14 days in I'm just at 200MB--so 2GB is certainly more than enough for my needs. Granted, I have WiFi at home and my work so I use that when available. But even over 3G,unless you're streaming Netflix everyday, I can't see it being a problem.

    Plus the AT&T app on the device lets you live-check your numbers (sms, minutes and data usage) making it quite easy to keep track.

    Pretty happy with AT&T so far, which I'm even surprised at saying. Also just got my 20% company discount (Cornell), making their price more acceptable.

    Edit: I don't use Facebook nor automatically save to Skydrive for photos. So I'm not too typical in that regard.
    Last edited by Malatesta; 11-22-2010 at 02:54 PM.
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    I use less than 200mb a month with my 1st gen iphone, so i'm hoping I won't use any more with the windows phone. We'll see after it gets here.
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    My only concern is if the live tiles are basically always drawing data. I just ordered my Surround an hour ago. So I will be finding out really soon and can't wait!
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    114 mb since the 8th. Have left wifi off at work just to see how much difference it makes. Do have wifi on at home though.
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    3391 MB since the 8th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarcia View Post
    3391 MB since the 8th.
    Holy crap. I'll never understand how you guys do this without tethering.

    What do you DO on your phone?
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    I go through about 3 gigs a month lol. Thank goodness I grandfathered the UNLTMD Date plan with AT&T
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    Quote Originally Posted by seaniccus View Post
    Holy crap. I'll never understand how you guys do this without tethering.

    What do you DO on your phone?
    well the majority of it is Zune and Office file downloads.. but I've watched some Netflix. If they have 3G syncing of podcasts, I'd be over 5GB easy right now. I guess the 3000+ photos I have synced w/ Skydrive probably isn't helping either..

    Unlike most people I know, I no longer carry around an MP3 player of any sort with me and haven't for a while.. That's why I thank God that I'm still on AT&T's 5GB/mo plan LOL
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    mgarcia, same here. I stopped carrying my zune 120 with me and have the same plan as you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarcia View Post
    Zune and Office file downloads.. 3000+ photos synced w/ Skydrive
    I didn't think of skydrive. I know android users that use this much, and it blows my mind - but that could make a huge difference. I'm pretty sure ill still be able to pull off 200mb to spare easy, I just don't use data that much, and when I do, i'm often around Wifi, but man - that's amazing!

    At least you're getting your value out of your data plan!
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    Mine would be a lot lower if my phone was able to connect to WiFi networks that have hidden SSID's, but it can't, so AT&T's paying the price..
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    I've hit a little over a gb so far in 2 weeks, which is a down month for me. Just for reference, my first month on my hd2 I got throttled by mobile with a week to go in the cycle. I think for me I am using the work WiFi more since the reception on this phone is worse for me at work and it won't hold a 3g signal.
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    I'm probably an average user and I have used about 600MB in 2 weeks. So let's say 1.2GB/month.
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    I have a question about this - when I turn my WIFI on, should I turn my data connection off, or do I not need to?
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    It's not necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggleston View Post
    I have a question about this - when I turn my WIFI on, should I turn my data connection off, or do I not need to?
    if wifi is available and it is a wifi you have previously connected to (i.e. work or home wifi), then it will use wifi over data every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggleston View Post
    I have a question about this - when I turn my WIFI on, should I turn my data connection off, or do I not need to?
    I've read a couple of things like this - you can actually turn 3G data off? Does this effect anything else, like phone calls or text messages? Although this isn't necessary, it's still a big deal to me to know i can turn it off - with only 200mb a month, knowing I can reach like, 195 and just "turn it off" for the rest of the month to make sure I go over sounds like a big deal.

    You can really do that? That's awesome.

    (Can't see for myself yet, because my phone is still in the mail. Should be here today)
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