haha so true...finally a buffet analogy that makes sense!
I guarantee they are not losing money on me using between 5-10GB per line on my account due to using on average 50 minutes a month and paying nearly $100 a month just for minutes.
you say that until you see exactly what 3 smartphones can chew through in a week....
Most people with a smartphone dont understand how much actually gets used when you run news, sports, twitter or facebook widgets that auto update. I imagine you have kids, hence the family plan? Tie in youtube or music streaming, sharing photos, and all the free apps that potentially interest you or your family. 3 phones, 5 GB, not enough room in my book
Widgets don't eat very much data, unless you have them set to update every 5 minutes. Pretty much the only way to rack up gigs and gigs of data, short of literally living your life on your phone, is video (or hours a day of pandora). Well, that and d/l torrents.
I've do some light browsing, as well. Last week over 4 days (all on 3G) my usage was .
Granted, I sometimes stream Pandora and hi-def uses a whopping 60megs an hour. So an hour of Pandora every day (which, why, when I have thousands of MP3's) would still leave you short of 2gigs. But I can tell the browsing sessions and "other" data (like widgets and email)...Total for 4 days last week was 80megs, of that maybe 30megs was "other" data (only light browsing, no video or Pandora).
I stand by the only way to blow thru more than 2gigs of data is video and/or a ton of Pandora, and/or d/l torrents. D/l a rom and then updating/reloading apps through the market is probably among my biggest data usage, when I do it (but I usually d/l roms on my computer and transfer over)
It will be minimal pain for people to manage 2gigs (some can bleed if they allow little used apps to constantly update when refresh on open is sufficient). If you insist on watching a bunch of video or jamming Pandora all day, you're going to have to pay for it.
Do you realize what you said? ~ 60mb a day for 1 hour of pandora that leaves you 6mb a day for anything else (2048/31days = 66mb a day of usage) that is very easy to use. If you streamed 10 minutes of netflix on top of that, that is another 25mb. Say if you browsing facebook and looking at profile pictures just an album with 15 pictures is around 1mb full of just thumbnails.
Stop saying that 2gb is plenty. My parents who are in their 60's on average use 2.5gb a month and they don't even know how to begin using their phones like I would.
On another note I'm glad that everyone who HAS A SMARTPHONE with UNLIMITED DATA (not a feature phone or multimedia phone!!!!) will be able to keep their unlimited data
I think a lot of people are thinking that way! Unfortunately, I'm not sure if that will work. I just posted this in the other thread before I saw your response, but it's probably more fitting over here:
My thoughts on the Family Share:
There will be a line charge for each phone sharing data, just like they have with minutes.
There may be a minimum plan to share data (for example: 2 phones can share the 2GB, 3+ phones must move up to the 5GB).
OR... the family data plan pricing may be different, so the extra line charges are already built into the cost.
Let's assume prices stay the same:
So the $50 plan for 5GB + $20 for two additional lines to share ($10 each line) = $70 for 3 phones to share data.
So you'll save some money, but Verizon is not going to make it SUPER COST-EFFECTIVE. They have no incentive to give away $60 worth of data.
Again, nothing official, just my thoughts and observations with the way VZW operates.
I'm very glad my husband and I (and most of the people on Droid Forums) have our unlimited plans in place. This is going to be messy...