NO CINDY, WE CAN NOT JUST CHECK IT WITH OUR PHONE! OUR CELL PHONE IS FOR PHONE CALLS ONLY! LOL!
We don’t know about you Gadget Girlies and Guys, but we’re feeling the heat from this recession that we’re still in. Every penny is accounted for over here and even recounted to make sure we can rub together a dollar. So, when we heard that Verizon is joining AT&T and T-Mobile in this “usage” limit cap, we had to weigh in!
So, what is eating your monthly cell phone data usage? Well, you’d be surprised at the biggest culprits! According to Yahoo News and The Associated Press, the following are the biggest culprits:
— Streaming video and videoconferencing. The biggest offender. One minute of YouTube-quality video eats up 2 megabytes. If you’re on a plan that gives you 200 megabytes per month, you can’t even watch Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video once per day. If you’re on a 2 gigabyte plan you can, but don’t make your iPhone a replacement for a TV. In either case, it’s fine to indulge in YouTube and Netflix if you’re on Wi-Fi.
— Streaming audio. The second biggest offender, and potentially more serious. While video is something we need to see to enjoy, Internet radio is more of an accompaniment to other activities, such as jogging or doing dishes. That means some people like to keep it on for hours. Audio consumes about a quarter of the data that video does, but 10 minutes a day will break the bank if you’re on a 200 megabyte plan. One hour a day of Pandora consumes nearly a gigabyte, which you can afford if you’re on a 2-gigabyte plan and don’t use other data-hogging apps.
— Photos. If you’re a real shutterbug, photos can consume significant amounts of data. Sending and viewing photos both count toward your monthly limit. Posting 10 photos per day eats up most of a 200 megabyte plan. If you’re on a 2-gigabyte plan, you probably don’t have to worry about photos.
— Maps. Navigation apps consume lots of data when they retrieve map images, up to a megabyte a minute. You’re also likely to use them for long periods of time when you’re away from Wi-Fi, such as when you’re driving. Watch out for these.
— Web surfing. Web pages vary widely in size, so this will depend quite a bit on whether you like to visit graphically rich sites (lots of data) or spare, text-oriented ones (less data). But roughly speaking, ten pages a day will eat up about half of a 200 megabyte plan. Again, those on 2-gigabyte plans don’t need to worry much about surfing.
— Facebook. Roughly equivalent to Web surfing. Status updates won’t take much data, but sending photos and viewing friends’ pictures will.
— Email. Most emails are tiny, in terms of data. Basically, you can send and receive email all you want, as long as they don’t have attachments such as photos.
— Twitter. Like email, these short messages don’t use much data, but if you follow a lot of people and click on links, usage adds up.
— Weather apps. Small, focused apps that report simple but useful things, such as the weather forecast, save data (and time) compared with looking up the same information on a Web page.
Okay, wait, your saying! You spent all this money on the latest and greatest smart phone and NOW everything that the sales person sold you on, Facebook, emails, Twitter, etc., all use TOO much data? Well what the $#@*?! are you supposed to do now? Perhaps a laptop (or desktop, if you still own one) + a land line is going to have to be what the cool kids make trendy in these times, ‘cause one thing we know for sure…outrageous phone bills have NEVER been cool!
For this reason (and not alone), we’ll say this again and again…We HEART Sprint and it’s unlimited plan! (Sidenote: Please don’t buckle and cave into peer pressure Sprint, it’s no bueno!)
Source and to read more: http://news.yahoo.com/apps-eat-wireless-data-102526981.html
We love Sprint too!