How much data do you really need?

May 1st, 2013 at 7:49 pm by under Gadget Talk, WTHI Blog

Recently my wife and I looked into changing our data plan for our smart phones. We kind of had a debate on how much data we’d actually need or use.

How much should you be paying for? Data is not cheap these days, and most carriers have done away with the simple unlimited package.

Most of the plans range from a pretty cheap 200 megabytes per month all the way up to the holy crap 50 gigabytes per month.

Most providers’ middle ground plan is about 3 gigabytes. In my opinion that is plenty. But what is right for you?

You have to ask yourself, what do you use your phone for…besides talking of course.

Are you the occasionally check my Facebook and e-mail type? If the answer is yes, a 200 megabyte plan is plenty! You won’t need much more then that.

Are you the kind that loves to surf the web, watch YouTube clips and stream music everywhere you go? You will want to look at a 3 gigabyte or more plan.

I will say this, I consider myself a pretty heavy user, and I’ve only went over 3 gigabytes once, and it was a trip to Florida, where we drove, and I used my phone to stream music all the way down.

In this world where saving $20 on a date plan can make a difference, it’s important to make sure you really are getting…or using what you pay for!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know, I’ll be happy to help! You can reach me at

2 Responses to “How much data do you really need?”

  1. David says:

    Straight Talk smart phones/android are only $45/month for unlimited minutes, texts, and data. Can’t go wrong with that price. Much cheaper than a contract phone. Phones are available at Walmart or you can buy direct from Straight Talk.

  2. Chris Essex says:

    Straight Talk is a good option! Though they are somewhat limited. If you go over i think it’s 2 gigs of data per month, you start to get throttled.