How much data do "top 5% users" consume?

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  1. Bingoldsby

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    Once again I have found and read an article about users of unlimited data plans who are in the top 5% usage category. This time it is naming ATT and also gives an iPhone 4s user as an example. However I have yet to be able to determine what quantity of data a person in the top 5% might use in a month, nor have I ever been able to find any numbers by searching for such kind of information (gotta get the terms formed up just right, and I guess I haven't).

    Anyone have any ideas how many GBs a "heavy user" chews through?

    (Only once did I ever go over 5 gb in a month, and that was when I still had my Verizon data card plan and had just purchased an iPhone. Downloading the upgrade .ipsw file took me over. But, I convinced Verizon that I should not be charged extra because of the circumstances of the new phone and contract.)

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    I just googled "at&t top 5 data users" and this was the first result:

    The problem with AT&T's policy is that it hasn't made it clear how much data is too much. It simply states in its e-mails, text messages, and letters to consumers that they are in the top 5 percent of data users. AT&T explains that customers in this category use up to 12 times more data than the average customer.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-5...n-at-ts-top-5-percent-of-heaviest-data-users/
     
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    The strategy appears to be to annoy the hell out of people with unlimited data plans until they give up and switched to tiered plans. "Statistics" like using "up to 12 times more data than the average consumer" are, of course, meaningless, especially when "up to" can mean the highest consuming single consumer and the data use of the "average consumer" is undefined. Furthermore, since the ToS one agrees to when you purchase a phone puts all the cards in the hands of the carrier there is literally nothing one can do to fight this sort of practice.

    All in all, I'd say that if you typically use more data than the maximum allowed in the standard tiered plan (usually around 2 gigs per month) you're likely to hear from AT&T sooner or later.
     
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    I have grandfathered unlimited with AT&T and regularly go over 2GB a month, but haven't noticed throttling despite receiving a notice of possible throttling months ago. I figure they sold me something, I'm going to use it as normal and if I hear from them again, OK.
     
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    On my Verizon "Unlimited" data plan (the iPhone4), with the addition of 2Gb data allowance when tethering a device by the paid tethering service option, I always go over 2Gb overall, but never near 5Gb, which I presume is their level of noticing my usage. I'm not at all worried about it, nor am I desiring more than I normally use. I haven't any urges to stream videos, music, or try to download and watch any movies or shows. It is all just a passing curiosity when I read these news blips.

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    I'd guess that throttling depends on not only how much data you use, but also when you use it.

    If you're streaming loads of data when there's little strain on the system, it's probably not going to matter. If you're streaming loads during peak hours, I think they'd be quicker to throttle.
     
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    According to AT&T:


    Typical monthly data usage for someone in the top 5% of smartphone data users
    Data consumption by all customers, including the top five percent of smartphone data customers, varies by month and by market. As of August 2011, the average data use across the country by the top five percent of AT&T smartphone customers was 2GB per month.

    AT&T Wireless- How much monthly data usage is typical for someone in the top five percent of smartphone customers?


    Note that this says "smartphone."
     
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    I must say that I'm quite dubious of the 2 Gb figure. Maybe that's what ATT says, but I don't believe it. I wouldn't even believe that figure for the low end of the top 5 let alone the median. And is the iPhone or iPad with 3g not considered a "smart phone?"

    Perhaps my whole sense about all this is skewed by the fact that I have no other means of connecting to the Internet than through my phone. I suppose the vast majority of ATT and/or other provider's customers also have other means of connecting at home and work.

    Otherwise, thanks for finding that and for posting the link. (Now I better go read it after having blindly asserted the above.)

    Brian - Sent from my iPad using iPF
     
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    I doubt most people use much data, because many people have wifi. I use 3G only away from home, and I'm away from home more than most people because of travel. I use 3G because I don't use public wifi.

    It should be easy to cross check the AT&T claim with other carriers' figures, unless you think they're all in cahoots.
     
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    I tend to agree with this, I bought a mifi unit for my wifi only iPads thinking that I would use a ton of data but despite what I thought were some heavy usage periods I haven't used more than 1GB in any month yet despite three of the four months of use where I use it all day long, 5 days a week, at work (my general usage is email, safari, app updating, and some apps that connect to the Internet to do their stuff). Everything else is done on my home wifi network.

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