I mentioned a while ago that I thought our iPhone was using a lot of data. And, the internet in general has become more geared towards high data use. All you have to do is look at the amount of video and HD graphics that are used on a lot of websites now and you'll understand. All of that data adds up quickly.
We now have a hard time getting by on 10 GB per month. It was only a couple of years ago that we could easily manage on 6 GB per month. And we've read stories where people use upwards of 20 GB per month on a regular basis.
Here, we pay $115 plus 10% tax for up to 15 GB. Every GB over that is another $10 plus tax. So we have to be very careful.
Here's an example. The apps on your phone use a lot of data just updating. I bring our iPhone into town once per week and update the apps there using the free Walmart internet. Every week there are two or three apps that say that updates are needed. Those updates use a lot of data...
A screenshot from our iPhone yesterday.
As you can see, three of the apps needed to do an update. If you have these app updates set to automatic, then you don't see the amount of data they use up. Yesterday, the Messenger update was 63.2 MB, Google maps was 26.9, and Ultimate Campgrounds was 16.7.
For a total of 106.8 MB.
Do this four times per month, and that's a half a GB. Then, there's iTunes on top of that, and other updates.
And if you have your iPhone set to cloud storage or something like that, it'll upload any photos to the cloud automatically and then you'll really see your usage jump.
So, you need to turn off all of this automatic updating stuff, and make sure that you're on a free wi-fi connection when you do let it update. I'm still learning this iPhone stuff and I'm sure there's a lot that I don't have figured out yet. I even had to ask our daughter how to take that screen shot picture! (Hold the button at the bottom, and at the same time press the on/off button).
But, I am learning, and that's what counts.
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