How much mobile data do you consume per month?

How much mobile data do you consume per month?
Pricing for data plans - postpaid, shared or prepaid - has gotten much, much simpler after the major US carriers ditched the venerable two-year contract, and it is now much clearer to figure out which one offers the best deals. The data buckets have fallen in price, too, just as the networks are becoming faster and faster, with everyone's 4G LTE rolling out, and 5G creeping up on the horizon.

Recently, a research firm suggested that in five years the average monthly mobile data consumption will be in the vicinity of 22 GB a line, which might sound like a lot at today's prices, yet some people are already consuming as much (nudge, wink, that's about the ceiling for those "unlimited" data plans you might have grandfathered or gotten in a promotion). 

This is why we wanted to ask you how much mobile data do you consume with your cell phone line each month on average, and see if those researchers are on the right path to predict that we will be crossing the 20 GB mark in five year's time, or maybe it will happen earlier than that. Take your pick in the poll below.

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

Less than 1 GB
16.34%
1 GB - 2 GB
20.42%
More than 2 GB, but less than 5 GB
21.92%
5 GB -10 GB
14.3%
More than 10 GB, but less than 20 GB
10.55%
More than 20 GB
16.47%

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68 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm pretty sure that it's somewhere between 1 to 2 gb for me. Usually on WiFi at work and at home. Otherwise, even if I watch a lot, I'm still good. And with Music Freedom and BingeOn, I am hardly making use of any of my data.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Every carrier should have a Binge-On service. T-Mobile is dope for that. But their network overall is still terrible. When I am downtown at work, everything is fast. Then when I get home, my data speed drops so very low until it is less than 1mbps. But now that I have a cellspot in my home, I get almost Comcast-like speed now. But its really useless because...well I have Comcast too.

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1115; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

6 GB a month. Data is comparatively cheaper in India :)

3. Shocky unregistered

Over 30GB last month, my data is unlimited.

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1115; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Woa that`s a lot of mobile data for a month.

35. Shocky unregistered

Sadly my network doesn't offer this deal anymore, if I want unlimited data from October I have to pay nearly twice as much. Got a few months left so I'm going to make the most of it. :D

57. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, you're not using 30+ GB because you need to, you're using that much because of the price. You know that's unhealthy, right? Not with mobile data necessarily but with other resources like water (do you let the tap water run because it's cheap?), fuel, energy etc.

49. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It's actually not, I used 33 gb this month, I'd use a lot less but where I'm staying there's no WiFi so I'm constantly tethering, yes I'm also on unlimited

63. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

But what do you do to use that much data? Are you watching TV all day?

66. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I only stream at night, 1 hour at most, the rest is web surf, youtube commercials etc, compared to others I fall short, I do have a life in spite of popular belief.

5. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Average at least 70 gigs lucky to be on a older plan won't ever leave getting gigs like this a month

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

70 Gigs, eh? Woah... Ah, eman99... Probably born in 1999, eh? Here's a genuine advise for you, little one. Instead of consuming those gigs, focus on your studies... Having a 70GB data plan doesn't mean you MUST have to expend each and every bit of it... I'd use just 200 or so MBs even if I had a 10GB data plan simply because 200MB is what I normally use in a month... My current 150MB plan is a tad too tight, I dare say! G'Day!

24. muji_789

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

hey GreenMan, big fan by the way can i just ask one question, why do you care? are you his father? do you stalk him? Are you bored? i'd be nice if you answered my questions "mate" Cheerio

36. Shocky unregistered

200MB? Why do you even have a smartphone?

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Wifi ;)

52. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

iPhone perfectly serves his usage

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

unlimited data with verizon and I abuse it

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Do you abuse data or your eyes??? Apparently both! Lose, Lose for you (As opposed to "Win Win"...!) Tell you what, get a desktop with a 21" Display if you're such a heavy user... G'Day!

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How do you know he is using his phone for all that? Suppose he has a tablet?!

27. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. Also we never know if some of this people use their phones as their computers too. There are people who don't have a laptop/desktop and they just use their phone. I have also heard some people say that the internet options in their area are either poor or very bad, so it's better to use their data as a hotspot for their computers since it is faster/better/etc. It's very easy to burn through data when using your phone as a hotspot.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I was going over 100GB a month regularly when I had unlimited data just for that reason. Man I wish having unlimited data. But I do not miss my monthly $135 Verizon bill.

20. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Rooted nexus 5x set as wifi hotspot when I'm on the go. When I'm on locked wifi access and cannot access streams I use the phone or setup the hotspot. Most times the LTE is faster than the wifi connection I am on so Ill use it for heavy downloads. Also setup my own personal home cloud for backup of my data and media. Enjoy your data caps and close minded lack of knowledge!

37. Shocky unregistered

You're just jealous, whose to say he doesn't have a desktop as well, I know I do. :D

7. abeauchamp

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I am at 15G now and I have until the 3rd of next month

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You won't believe me; but my monthly mobile data consumption is just a tiny 150MB!!! Yes, you heard me...! Reason is, I mostly use my desktop for media consumption including surfing the web... I mostly use my smartphone to check for e-mails and messages and that's about it, if I have to surf, I use Opera Mini Browser which is really efficient and fast... Hence I've a hybrid monthly plan of just 150MBs plus calls and texts... And that's more than sufficient for me...

44. mickeygosselin

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

You must not have much of a social life either because any social app would use more than that alone, I use about 25gbs a month mostly due to just trying new apps everyday

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I personally dont use any social apps its annoying and i dont want ppl to see what i do.

54. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

They might as well have a social life, one that doesn't rely on texting.

56. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@ThePython Exactly! The first thing I did when I bought my Nexus 5 and Lumia 430 is uninstalling The Facebook and Messenger App that came pre installed with both phones! I'm an old bum, and I socialize in old school way! Cheers mate!

58. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"Trying new apps every day" is no social life whatsoever. The best social apps on the phone are phone, messages and camera apps.

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