I've had my Bionic now for 14 months. Up until last August my average data usage per month was rarely more than .03 GB (yes...that's the correct number). Since Verizon changed their data plan structure and more recently...upgraded the OS...I've noticed an enormous jump in how much data usage is totalling up each month. This month's cycle (starts on the 16th of each month) I deliberately decided to only use my Bionic for phone calls and checking email. Let me add that after the OS upgrade, I was completely unable to sync my Bionic with Yahoo Mail the way I used to do it. The Verizon people told me Yahoo now has an email app so I installed it and it works fine.
In the past 4 days, my data usage has gone up to .254 GB. That's nearly 9 times what I used to tally in one month!
The other thing I've noticed is my Bionic now eats my battery within 6 hours whether I use it or not. Before the OS upgrade, I could count on it being at 60-70% full after 12 hours of non-use. I should add I took the phone to Verizon and had them configure it for optimal battery life.
Clearly Verizon and/or Google have made some changes to suck in more money from the masses.
I like the idea of the smartphone but because 99% of the general public are completely ignorant on how they are being treated like a herd of dumb animals by the phone companies, I don't think I want to continue using this crap. People are being exploited and they don't even know it. Many if not most probably don't care. The phones have all been rigged so you can't customize them without risk and the monthly plans are no different than going to a casino where the odds are always against you. In short, people are being used big time and paying an arm and a leg for the privilege.
I will limp along with this anchor tied to my ankle until next September and then no more smartphone. I refuse to give Verizon the money they demand to bail early. Too bad there aren't enough people in this world smart enough to do the same. The only vote each of you has is how you spend your money. Think about it.