Earlier this year I decided to pony up and upgrade my iPhone’s data plan from the humble-but-usable 500 MB to the limited-time gargantuan 6 GB offering from Koodo. I’ve been pretty gung-ho about tethering and data usage ever since changing my plan in late July, so I was curious to see how much data I’ve been using. Regular usage over these past three months on my 6 GB has included:
- Netflix streaming over 3G
- Writing and browsing from cafés for twice or thrice a week, two or three hours at a time
- Tethering other people’s smartphones and laptops
- keeping PUSH email on, checking Twitter and Facebook approximately too many times a day (per week)
- streaming and downloading music on my iPad via iTunes Match
In other words, I really haven’t been very careful about data usage lately, and I have these sporadic stats to share:
- from July through September, I had used 2.2 GB of cellular data
- in the past month, I’ve used 1.7 GB of data
- I’ve used just over 6.1 GB since June 9, 2012 (which was the last time I reset my usage statistics). I switched my data plan to the 6 GB option in late July.
My month-to-month data allowance is 6 GB, and I’ve managed to use up only one month’s worth of that data allowance in the past four months. Based on these sporadic stats, it seems very safe to say that 1) I really can’t use my monthly plan up and 2) I’m ridiculously happy about it. If you’re on a 6GB plan in Canada, just enjoy it – and if you’re not, I highly recommend switching to one next time they come around (which is usually in the summer months, or around the launch of a new iPhone).
By the way, if you’re having trouble with tethering on your iPhone, check out my quick post on solving my most frequent Personal Hotspot issue.