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    Smartphone users- how much data do you use?

    Thinking about getting a phone that is optimized for people with low to no vision and I'm thinking a smartphone to be able to access certain things while on the go- primarily GPS. Not planning on using it for multimedia content (other than maybe Audible), so I don't know if I should go with the unlimited data/text or if I could make do with 500MB and save half as much on the monthly.

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    I have one week left of my monthly plan and have used 635MB on my phone this month so far. My usage consists of Facebook, a few games, GPS navigation in my car, and some music streaming.

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    I use about a gig per month, but I have a couple days/week that work is deserted so i'm on the phone all day. If you don't do a lot of browsing 500mb should be just fine.

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    I you can get an unlimited data plan, I'd go in that direction. I suspect the days of an unlimited data plan are drawing to a close. I know that if we shift our plan, with the same carrier, we will no longer be able to get unlimited data. To answer your first question, I used about 1.5 gigs in March.
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    My plan has "unlimited data" and by "unlimited" they mean 2.5 gigs and then my speed gets limited.

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    Here's the plans- Plans | Odin Mobile and this is the model I'm looking at (budget constraints ) Ray | Odin Mobile
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    We have unlimited data plans for our 3 cell phones. My smartphone regularly uses 1.5 gigs, my partner uses a bit less, and my mom uses maybe 1/4 of my usage.


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    It really depends on your usage. If you use google maps, you can cache a map area when you are connected to cheaper internet(you home wifi, for instance) and then you won't need to pull that down while on the go, just the directions. That said, I do not know what that model is capable of, and without 3G, you'll REALLY want to cache maps ahead of time if possible.

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    I don't think I ever went online on my smart phone when meaning to do so

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    I use almost no data, maybe 10 megabytes last month, since I usually don't access the internet unless there is wifi available. Which is most everywhere I am except in transit. So a tracfone plan is economical.

    If you might stream music, it takes more bandwidth than you might think. 500MB might be way short.

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    We have a plan that has 6G per month and I just looked at our bill and saw that we average about 1G per month. I need to change the plan. Due to medical issues, most phone use is wi-fi at the house, so it doesn't make sense for me to pay for so much data.

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    Regarding using Audible. Let's say that you are downloading or streaming audio at a bitrate of 64kb/s. Each hour of audio is 28.8MB. So at around 17 hours, you'd be at 500MB. That's not including other use. I'm not sure what the bitrate Audible uses, but this will give you a sense of the scale. If you are going to listen to 4 hours of audio per month, then I would say you would likely be OK. If it's 20 hours, I'd say bump up the plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclosaurus View Post
    Regarding using Audible. Let's say that you are downloading or streaming audio at a bitrate of 64kb/s. Each hour of audio is 28.8MB. So at around 17 hours, you'd be at 500MB. That's not including other use. I'm not sure what the bitrate Audible uses, but this will give you a sense of the scale. If you are going to listen to 4 hours of audio per month, then I would say you would likely be OK. If it's 20 hours, I'd say bump up the plan.
    Most, if not all, Audible/music content would be loaded via Wifi at home.

    The main reason why I started this is because I've come to realize that a good chunk of the Google services on my tablet require a network connection of some kind. I'd imagine this would be the case for Siri and the Cortana as well. I was wanting to be able to use voice commands for everything, now I'm not entirely sure that is going to be feasible.

    Regarding the GPS, the OsmAnd offroad free app is pretty good, but not the most accurate- doesn't recognize the grocery store 3 blocks away, some other POIs not showing, but the whole state is loaded on the tablet. It has TTS output, can switch between car, bike, or pedestrian, and if I can ever figure out the waypoint thing to have multiple stops on one route without having to start over, I'd be set.
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    I'm on Tmobile's Pay-as-you-go plan; $100 for 1,000 minutes for the year -
    no data. I'm happy with this plan as I can use wifi most of the time. My current
    smartphone is an unlocked Nokia N8. I can use the GPS function without a data
    plan; but must 1st download the map of the area(through wifi of course). I
    couldn't use the GPS function of my last smartphone(Samsung Galaxy S) since
    it needed data for the map coverage.

    Bike related; the N8 has a decent camera - just in case you're riding and feel like
    taking some photos.

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