Track Your Data Usage and Discover if It’s Time to Upgrade

Aligning your lifestyle with your data plan is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle — your music, your social media and your communication with loved ones all need to fit in somewhere. A 2014 study by Mobidia found that the average wireless consumer uses 1.8GB of data every month, a number that’s only gone up as media consumption shifts to mobile devices. Do you have enough data to avoid overage fees and low data alerts? Find out if it’s time to change your plan with these 6 questions.

  1. Do you often stream videos when not connected to Wi-Fi?

Video streaming can take up a ton of data when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. This means streaming services such as Netflix, video chat like FaceTime, and even those YouTube clips that get sent around the office. Sound like you? It may be time to upgrade that data plan.

2. Are you constantly connected to social media, even when you’re “off the grid?”

If you love posting your latest selfies and family vacation pics to Instagram and Facebook, an upgrade might be in your future. Social media apps take up a ton of data — an hour per day can amount to over 2GB per month. So unless you’re willing to delete Instagram, it’s likely time for a change.

3. Do you love keeping up with the latest apps?

We know, Candy Crush is addicting, and so are all the other phone apps that burn up your data. Then there’s the data cost of downloading the apps themselves. If you like to stay up to date with the latest app releases, your data plan might be the next thing to upgrade.

4. Have you had to pay fees for going over your data limit?

No one likes to pay extra on their phone bill, but it happens to everyone once in a while. However, if it’s happening to you more than occasionally, save on those overage fees and get a few more gigs for a much lower cost.

5. Are you obsessed with listening to music on the go?

When the latest album from your favorite artist drops, if you’re the first one to drop everything and listen, it may pay to upgrade your data. Music streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon Music are great for a long commute, or during a run. But if you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, these apps will drain your data quickly.

6. Do you have to put your Smartphone in time out near the end of each billing cycle?

It’s still 10 days until the end of your billing cycle, but you have less than 10% data left. If this happens to you often, it’s probably time to look into a solution that doesn’t involve testing your willpower and keeping all of your apps on lockdown.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s probably time to upgrade your data. Consider a U.S. Cellular® Total Plan, where you don’t have to worry about overage fees or hidden fees. There’s even an unlimited data option if you’re flying through those gigabytes. Check out all the Total Plans and find the right one for your lifestyle.

And if you need a little help keeping track of your data, U.S. Cellular’s My Account app is for you. With My Account you can track your data usage easily and stay on top of where it’s all going. Yes, it’s one more app, but one you’ll be happy you downloaded.