Poll results: How much mobile data do you consume per month?

Poll results: How much mobile data do you consume per month?
We asked you last week how much mobile data do you consume with your cell phone line each month on average, and boy did we get varying results. Not only was the 10-20 GB category larger than we expected, but the 20+ GB camp got the third largest share of our 1469 respondents. Granted, most of you consume less than 10 GB a month, but if these results are any indication, it won't be five years before we start consuming 20+ GB monthly on average, as predicted, but much sooner.

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).

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

Less than 1 GB
1 GB - 2 GB
More than 2 GB, but less than 5 GB
5 GB -10 GB
More than 10 GB, but less than 20 GB
More than 20 GB



1. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Without T-Mobile's Binge On and Music Freedom, I sure will hit at least 12GB a month

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

music takes very little bandwidth, I remember using 6 hours per day 4 days per week and consuming less than 6 total GB with Iheart radio. The 6gb figure represents all my data that month not just radio. Now Video streaming that will eat up bandwidth

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Google Play Music on high quality streaming eats up a ton of data. I use 15GB a month of Google Play Music streaming. That's only 2 hours a day of streaming for the month. It feels like as much as video at times.

3. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I think the results are, at most, inconclusive.

4. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

More than 20 GB? WTF these guys must be homeless. XD

5. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

or live in an area with really slow internet. 3G where I live in the countryside is much faster and reliable than our wifi

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Last month I used 33 Gb and am by no means homeless, rather I don't have WiFi at home, more than half my data however is for tethering, so glad to have an international, tethering untraceable phone.

11. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If they were homeless I doubt they would be able to pay for a plan to use that much data.

7. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

500 MB or less unless hotspoting

8. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm not surprised with the biggest result.

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

If you can save money and have less services, why not take advantage of it? No WiFi no satellite service just mobile phone unlimited data and ability to tether that's it, providing you have an international phone that doesn't get detected when tethering lol

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