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Helping my kids understand data usage on our wireless account.

posted Jan 6, 2013, 6:20 PM by Douglas Ring   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 1:32 PM ]
My daughter has been asking for a phone for a while now but we're not quite ready to move forward with her purchase.  We talked a lot about using the phone and how not to burn through dad's data plan.  It seems simple enough, but here it is for my daughter and anyone else who needs to better understand when they're burning their wireless data- according to Dad and unofficial.

Lets say we have Mobile Share and we're setup as follows:

 Phone Cost/Month Includes
 Dad iPhone$35  Unlimited Talk/Text
 Mom iPhone$35 Unlimited Talk/Text
 Daughter iPhone $35 Unlimited Talk/Text
 Bucket of Shared Data
6 Gig 
 $90 6 Gig of Data Shared amongst each iPhone
 Mobile WiFi Hotspot $20 Shares the 6 Gig and allows anything WiFi to connect to the Internet.

Assuming the phone is not using WiFi at home (not the mobile hotspot either) - it's burning our allocated 6Gig on the LTE network.  Here are just a few examples that I gave her as guidelines.

 Lower Consumer of Data Higher Consumer of Data
 Blue Text Messages (not Green) Watching online Video for more than a minute or two
 Email without attachments Listening to Pandora all Day
 Checking the weather with the weather app Email with Lots of Photos
 Updating Facebook
 Buying a few songs a month  Uploading photos to Shutterfly
 No Consumption of Cellular Data Downloading apps
 Watching your previously downloaded via WiFi movie Dropbox
 Playing non interactive games Heavy use of VOIP/Skype 
 Things that work in airplane mode