This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?

This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?
If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using by cellular and plan type usage, the latest AppOptix report by research firm Strategy Analytics brings us the answer to that pressing question. Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans - those of T-Mobile and Sprint - are using much more bytes than those on the "expensive" carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US carriers, with about 5GB on average, followed by Sprint at about 4GB, Verizon at 3.5GB, and, finally, AT&T with the extremely modest for today's standards less than 2GB. This is for cellular data, but Wi-fi usage distribution gives us a similar picture, with T-Mobile and Verizon users almost on par, followed by AT&T this time, and then Sprint. 

When broken down by plan type, the users on unlimited are using almost twice the average amount of data than those with monthly quotas, while the pay-as-you-go crowd are only a fraction of the consumption. Given that "data prioritization" aka throttling kicks in at much higher thresholds on all carriers, especially T-Mobile, those average numbers look pretty modest to us anyway, but let's not forget that they include all subscribers, even those without data plans, or with data cap limitations, hence the lower monthly outlays. Where does your own consumption fit in here?

How much mobile data do you consume a month per line on average?

Less than 5GB
27.99%
5GB-10GB
21.33%
More than 10GB, but less than 20GB
19.29%
20GB-30GB
13.31%
More than 30GB, but less than 50GB
8.09%
50GB or more
9.98%


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33 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What kind of person would vote for 50GB or more? Are they running p*** servers from their smartphones or what?!! [Mind my potty mouth]. I quote: "T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US carriers, with about 5GB on average, followed by Sprint at about 4GB, Verizon at 3.5GB, and, finally, AT&T with the extremely modest for today's standards less than 2GB." End quote. 5GB ON AVERAGE?!! What! Now, is there any doubt that Americans = Sloths? Right now, I've a 1.5GB data plan for 60 Days / 2 Months and I'm already past 15 days. And my data counter (as of now) reads: 140.56 MB. So, I've still over 1.3GB to go! And consider this; I've Skype, What'sApp, Weather, 2 Email Accounts and phone updates running in the background all the time! Although I do use Opera Mini for most of my internet surfing which is quite efficient, I admit. But still... Sometimes, I just don't know about Americans. They're like Martians to us Aussie folks! Oh well, G'Day!

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Sloths? Because of data usage? Give me a break. We use about 8gb a month between two of us and the majority of that is music streaming while driving back and forth to work. Don't be an idiot and ASSume you know everything.

20. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Perhaps you should 'ride' to work! I do some free lancing in property to make ends meet, and I've to cover large distances when I'm working (As opposed to drinking)! And the exhaust note of my 2-Stroke Yamaha RD350 beats any radio or podcast, period! But too bad, almost all Americans drive automatic cars and are just unwilling to give-up air conditioning, texting, massaging heated seats, soundproof interiors and the little luxury cocoon a car provides! In any case, I seek your forgiveness if my previous remark makes you feel bad in any way, shape or form. G'Day!

3. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

You see, here in 'Merica, people pay to have bigger data allotments, so people use more data. That's why there are both small and bigger data plans, and then even the unlimited. But don't try to read my response, I wouldn't want you to use up 20% of your 60 day data plan.

21. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Are you implying that I'm a miser? That's a terrible thing to say to a retired old man with no steady income! Be ashamed! G'Day!

14. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Green man your dumb I have a Verizon unlimited plan and I don't watch many youtube videos or use netflix or hulu which I probably should since I have unlimited data but I don't have a netflix or Hulu account or use mobile hotspot and I don't watch many porn , All I do is use Apple music , I heart radio ,listen to podcasts when I'm on my way to work and working out at the gym. And get driving directions, video calls with Skype or Google duo to talk to family members over seas and use WhatsApp and easily use about 50 a month of data on 4g lte. . So like the other other guy said don't ASSUME u know everything .

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"Green man your dumb". I'm heartbroken! Allow me: America is the biggest market when it comes to: Snacks (Munch a lot). Petroleum (Drive a lot, instead of ride). Fast food. (Eat a lot). Meat (Meat consumption per individual rate is far higher than most countries). Online sales. (Too lazy to go outside). Drugs. Cars. And if that's not enough, almost 70% of Americans are overweight. So... Well, a fact is a fact is a fact! Oh well, G'Day!

23. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

OMG Me too i am so HEARTBROKEN !!!! By what your saying HAHAHA thanks for the laugh I need it that today! . . First off all that don't apply to me . I might live here . But I am not American!!! That's the funniest part green man . That lazy ,overweight and other things you said do not apply to me ! The country im from we are in shape and deff not overweight ! We eat cooked food at home . I brought those things here I never eat in fast food restaurants . So keep your comments and stick em up your @zz . Because those things you said do not apply to everyone!

27. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

How uncouth from an individual who might be well-bred, but probably isn't. Being a pragmatist isn't all it's cracked up to be. You might want to open up your phone and do some research on the latest findings of why America and other countries are overweight. Or would that spend too much data? And I drive a stick, eat lots of greens, have four grandchildren, cook my own food and don't do drugs. So, kiss off!

26. Darckent

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Bet your like 40+ yo, you have a smartphone and think your hip because you believe having WhatsApp and email your technology advanced No you just showed your age and how much of a technical dinosaur you are Younger people use Video and music streaming, downloading music, podcasts, YouTube etc all this uses gigs of data You actually think 140mb in 15 days is alot LMFAO (oops that means laughing my Fu**ING ass off) forgot your age...I use 140mb in less than an hour streaming.. Maybe get your grandkids to show you how to use your smartphone properly

4. theot14430 unregistered

I personally use less than 5 GB /month. I guess using up a lot of data doesn’t hurt, or pollute, so who cares what other people do on their plans.

5. cjreyes666

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

If I set up a new phone and with no wifi at work I can push over 100GB, but I hit usually around 20 to 30GB per month.

6. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

On average I use about 14 GB every month. I listen to a lot of podcast on the way to work and music during workout.

7. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I have had ATT for the last 2 years or so and had T-Mobile prior to that. What's the point of unlimited if i'm not going to use it. I mostly do streaming music and occasional Youtube.On ATT I've been using 20-30 GB because I usually don't switch to WiFi when I get home. Most of the time my ATT WiFi is slower than my mobile.

8. grafyc

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

I have an easy job that allows me to watch alot of streaming services. so thx to netflix, youtube, hbo, sho, tnt, vudu, and other apps i push over 50gb easy. Netflix is hdr since my phone is hdr compatible so that boost my data. All other apps 1080. Then with Verizon fios i can watch tv and my dvr from phone or tablet. Screw these companies they make a killing off of low data users. If you use alot of data kudos, if you use a little kudos. EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT AND HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS

9. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 763; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I use between 30-40GB most months, but most of that is wi-fi. Cell signals don't penetrate the building I work in very well.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I've been hitting over 30gb a month most I ever used so far was 41gb in one month. I'm very thankful for unlimited data plans :)

11. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

i used to tmo to tether my whole house. average 375 to 400gb a month

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why use that much carrier data? Why don't you use Comcast. Your connection speed must suck badly as you are way over the cap. The word unlimited data is not to abuse for Netflix, Hulu, Youtube on a daily basis.

16. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I barely use that on my home line. Why do you only use a mobile connection? Then you screw everyone else.

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I agree! To be honest with you he is cheap as he doesn't want to shell out $40-$60 for internet service.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I use about 23-25GB per month with VZ. For Xfinity I use 350-400GB... For those who tether/mobile hotspot are being way too cheap. I get between 350-367Mbps down on Xfinity. Translates to at least 3-5 times faster than any carrier data.

15. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I use about 2gb a months in Verizon. The only time I’m using my data is if I’m using Spotify in the car or gps but other than that, I’m always on WiFi at home or work. I’m also able to function like a normal person without being a zombie glued to my phone so that helps to... It may sound stupid but I’ve seen plenty of people get these big data plans and intentionally not use WiFi just so they can brag about how much data they’ve used up.

17. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I use about 30gb per month. My drive to and from work is about 1hr both ways. I stream youtube mostly every day for a few hours and that equals about 30gb

19. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Verizon costumers scared to use data and at&t costumers can't even connect to use it

24. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I believe my deal is pretty good... - 20GB of carryover data per month along with 2GB of bonus data. I usually have about 7-8GB in carry over data/ month. - Two iPhone 7 Plus retailed for $969 - $650 promo credit per line because of iPhone 6 Plus trade in for both phones. - 18% discount on data Total monthly with taxes $153... I get about 28-30GB per month...I use over 350GB of data on Xfinity. I have learned how to channel my data behavior.

28. gamehead unregistered

Why is AT&T so low?

29. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i easily use 10gbs, but Tmobile has my back! They only count about 3-4gbs of it because of their binge on

32. CleeveThaGreat

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

I use 225-300GB a month its not hard..

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