This is the data usage for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit? (results)

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

Less than 5GB
More than 10GB, but less than 20GB
More than 30GB, but less than 50GB
50GB or more

We asked you last week how much mobile data do you consume on average per phone line, and it turns out that 28% of our 1322 respondents fit neatly into the sub-5GB average that the big four US carriers report. Most of you consume less than 10GB a month overall, yet there are plenty of people who are letting their hair down on unlimited plans, and get to 20, 30, and even 50+ GB of cellular data on a line, and that number is only set to grow in the future.

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.



1. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I personally use about 10GB monthly. My kids on the other hand are on Youtube and Netflix all the time. They're closer to 25 or 30.

2. fyah_king unregistered


3. CleeveThaGreat

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

301.60GB Last Month, Currently At 109.05GB, Plan Reset The 2nd..Netflix Reading 36GB..YouTube Reading 40GB On My iPhone X..

4. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Out of topic but just out of curiosity.. when was the last time you saw the sun?

6. CleeveThaGreat

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 09, 2015


8. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Most movies have some sun shine.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I average about 350GB-400GB for Comcast. Why don't you use home internet over carrier data? Your speeds are most likely less than 30-50mbps, where as I am getting over 300mbps...

7. CleeveThaGreat

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Comcast yeah right consoles..tablets..lights..alexa this ..fridge..printers..note 8..iphones..surprise that router aint catch on fire..i have tmobile at home i get 135mbps constant..

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I'm using a R8000 Nighthawk Router (AC3200). My coverage is amazing throughout my house. No hiccups at all! So far, I have 4 iPads, 2 iPhones, Xbox One, Xbox 360, 3 Apple TV's, MyQ Chamberlain Garage door opener, 3 Amazon Echo's, 2 Nest Thermo's (zoned for up and down), 2 Nest Protects, 2 laptops, 3 Wemo on/off light switches (looking to add another 15 switches and dimmers, 8 Philips wifi bulbs. My next step is to get to purchase the wifi wall switches and dimmers. So to answer your question, no problems with the speed and reliability of the network. Ping times are less than 10-12ms on wifi....

9. grafyc

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

I download music, watch netflix, hbo youtube starz tnt apps on my phone and xbox. Since fios isnt offering 4k and s**tty 1080p, i prefer to run all cable stations thru xbox. Better picture, NO LAG like on comcast and fios. Cell - 50 to 80gb Wifi - 160gb

11. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Damn I don't seem to use my phone nearly as much as you all do. I use maybe 3GB per month.

12. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I used to use allot of data but now that AT&T does not count my DirecTV streaming I am fine with a 10 GB plan.

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