MSE News: Most users need less than 3GB per month

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Former_MSE_Stephen_B Posts: 76 MSE Staff
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edited 15 February 2018 at 3:29PM in Mobiles
Around two-thirds of mobile phone customers use less than 3GB of data every month, a poll of MoneySavingExpert.com users has revealed - despite mobile networks increasingly pushing high-data deals...
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'Don't fall for mobile firms pushing high-data deals - most users need LESS than 3GB a month'
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  • aj23_2
    aj23_2 Posts: 1,155 Forumite
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    edited 11 February 2018 at 6:58PM
    Hardly any offer 250, 500 750 mb.

    I'm on 500mb on o2. Used to be £11 (new customers now £13) but I got them down to £6. They used to do a 250mb which was ideal for my Mum but they got rid of it. I even remember 100mb.

    You can get 2.25gb on ID Mobile for £5, and 3 Mobile are doing 12gb for £14. o2 are the most espensive for that they actually offer.
  • The story is misleading, 4G smart phones can use a lot more than 3GB/month... Anyone signing up to a deal from scratch needs to make it clear to their network that they are not sure how much data they might use and perhaps start off with a small data allowance on the understanding that (a) it will be capped so they can't run up a large bill and (b) that they can increase the amount at the end of the first bill or two.

    There is little point in having 4G networks and then not using data... isn't that the purpose of a 4G phone?
  • fozmcfc
    fozmcfc Posts: 3,098 Forumite
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    I have a 20gb deal and use between 15gb-18gb of 4g generally.

    I tether most of that to my laptop, over a couple of weeks, when away from home and in a location, where there is no wifi connection available.

    If I had a wi-fi connection, then I reckon I wouldn't use more than about 5gb a month, probably nearer to 3 or 4.
  • I've been paying £5 per month (on a 1 month rolling contract) for about 18 months and this includes 2GB which is plenty for me, as although I use my iPhone for 10+ hours per day (including 6+ hours of streaming every day), I use it via wifi most of the time.
  • Marvel1
    Marvel1 Posts: 7,171 Forumite
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    1GB and have never gone over, mostly use WIFI when I can.
  • Im on 30GB and ideally would want 50GB.
  • I get 2gb data on 3 sims for £6 each on VM after I phoned them and told them about The 1D deal.
  • The story is misleading, 4G smart phones can use a lot more than 3GB/month

    It's not misleading at all since the point they're putting across is that a lot of people are paying way more than they need. I'm on 1.5GB but have never gone over 0.5GB since I use WiFi at home & work generally (when I can even be bothered turning WiFi on). But I only pay £5 a month so would struggle to find anything less.

    Your statement that 4G phones "can use more than 3GB/month" is nonsensical at best as a 1G phone could potentially do that. There's probably not enough minutes in the month to do that on 1G but my point stands for 2G & 3G at least.
    There is little point in having 4G networks and then not using data... isn't that the purpose of a 4G phone?

    No, the purpose of 4G is to get access to the data (regardless of amount) quicker and to allow for the increase in numbers of users.
  • pmduk
    pmduk Posts: 10,655 Forumite
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    Not everybody has access to wifi at home and work. Stories like this regularly get rehashed and always ignore the point that itis financially prudent to buy a buffer of data you don't use, rather than paying the penalty of using out of bundle data. (The same applies to minutes and texts) .
  • Stories like this regularly get rehashed and always ignore the point that itis financially prudent to buy a buffer of data you don't use, rather than paying the penalty of using out of bundle data. (The same applies to minutes and texts).

    Absolutely.
    I have a 30gb allowance for this reason and because it was £2 more expensive than my 12gb allowance.
    my usage fluctuates from around 5-8gb average to around 15-20gb when there is live cricket on BT sport, so much better to pay for 30gb all the time than the crazy penalty fees when it goes over, also much less stressful not having to worry about it.
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