If you currently have a smartphone, you can determine how much data you currently use by following these easy steps below:
Select Settings on your smartphone, then select Data Usage. This will show how much data you have used during the current period.
Select Settings on your iPhone, then select Cellular. At the bottom of this list, you will see how much data you have used for the time period selected.
Anytime you send email, download a photo, stream video, view a web page, or post on social media, your smartphone is sending or receiving data. If you’re doing so while connected to Consumer Cellular’s network, this is using data from your monthly Connect plan. However, if on Wi-Fi, then no data is used from your plan.
The units used to measure data are a megabyte (MB) and the larger gigabyte (GB). One gigabyte equals approximately 1,000 megabytes. Each Consumer Cellular Connect Plan includes a monthly data limit ranging from 500MB up to 55GB.
Depending on which app you use, streaming roughly 24 hours of music on Normal quality will use 1GB of data. HD or Extreme qualities will use more data.
If you enjoy watching YouTube videos while not connected to Wi-Fi, it is easy to use 1.5GB in just one hour.
Netflix is quite similar. In Standard quality, you can stream about 1 hour per GB.
With Autoplay turned off, you can tune in for about 8 hours per GB. Watching videos or uploading photos and videos uses more data.
Still not sure how much data you use? That’s OK. Remember, with Consumer Cellular you can change your plan anytime, so you can get more data, or even less, anytime you need—and there are no fees for changing plans. If you ever go over the data on your plan, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the next plan that covers your usage, with no overage fees. So, choose the plan you want—it can always be adjusted later.