How much data do you need for your cell phone plan? To estimate how much data you need, account for how much time (and data) you spend using email, messaging, apps, and browsing the internet. You can also use a data calculator to get a data estimate, or install a third-party app to track your data on your device. For an accurate estimate of your total data usage, use the tool and sliders below. Knowing how much data you may need can help you select a plan and save you from overage fees. Please note: If you have a family shared plan, you should consider your family usage when estimating your total needs.
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This data usage calculator is for estimating your data usage and is based on publicly available market data. Actual data usage may vary from carrier-to-carrier and could be dependent on the type of device you are using. If you're looking for specific plans, we recommending comparing cell phone plans using the Wirefly compare engine.
How do you control your data usage? Here are some steps you can take to control the amount of data you use:
Know your limits. Knowing your plan's data limit can keep you from paying overage fees.
Track your billing cycle. Know when your data resets.
Monitor your usage. Connect to WiFi whenever possible to avoid excessive data usage.
Try a family plan. Family plans let users share data across a number of devices.
Use an app. There are a number of iOS and Android apps available to help you track data usage.
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