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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: How much data do you use?


@will13am wrote:

@darlicious wrote:

@will13am  The way i remember reading the conditions of the promo was that once you changed your plan you would lose any benefits associated with it. That seemed to imply the $10 discount and the data bonus. Of course i certainly hope im wrong and will seek clarification from a moderator to confirm. If i get to keep the data then downgrading to the $25 will be a very easy decision and i could possibly go down to the $15  if i really wanted to save some money.


I would be interested in what they have to say.  Keep me informed. 


@will13am  Will do....i signed up a few friends up on it as well so I'm sure 5hey would like clarification as well.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: How much data do you use?

i was on the $50 8.5 gb plan with unlimited Canada US calling unlimited international texting, i would use the data everywhere and would hit 8 gb a month.  In the summer, i decided i was going to limit my data so i went with the $15 plan with 250 mb of data a month, whoa it was a culture shock, i downloaded my music so i could listen to it on my walks, and then i decided to try an 1gb add on than a couple days later we got the extra 1gb bonus.  

 

TLDR; it was hard to go from 8.5 gb to 250 mb of data but if you are dedicated you can do it!!!

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: How much data do you use?


@krzcnck wrote:

i was on the $50 8.5 gb plan with unlimited Canada US calling unlimited international texting, i would use the data everywhere and would hit 8 gb a month.  In the summer, i decided i was going to limit my data so i went with the $15 plan with 250 mb of data a month, whoa it was a culture shock, i downloaded my music so i could listen to it on my walks, and then i decided to try an 1gb add on than a couple days later we got the extra 1gb bonus.  

 

TLDR; it was hard to go from 8.5 gb to 250 mb of data but if you are dedicated you can do it!!!


You shouldn't leave data on all the time especially when it's so little. Good on you for making the switch to what you really need.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: How much data do you use?

Last month I used 4gb because I use my phone for work 

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: How much data do you use?


@krzcnck wrote:

i was on the $50 8.5 gb plan with unlimited Canada US calling unlimited international texting, i would use the data everywhere and would hit 8 gb a month.  In the summer, i decided i was going to limit my data so i went with the $15 plan with 250 mb of data a month, whoa it was a culture shock, i downloaded my music so i could listen to it on my walks, and then i decided to try an 1gb add on than a couple days later we got the extra 1gb bonus.  

 

TLDR; it was hard to go from 8.5 gb to 250 mb of data but if you are dedicated you can do it!!!


@krzcnck wow! Good for you for taking the challenge to changing part of your lifestyle. It's mind boggling how we have been semi conditioned to feel like we NEED data. In reality, it truly is just a want. Love that you took the time to challenge yourself! 

Mayor / Maire

Re: How much data do you use?

I guess if you're on a fairly tight budget, you're right that every dollar counts.  If you look at the big picture, the cost of 12 months of $40/month is $480, while the cost of 12 months at $25/month is $300, meaning you'll save $180 a year by downsizing.  This is not a small amount of money if you're tight on funds.  If you were to deposit all of these savings into a high-yield low-risk investment of some kind and let it compound for many years, I'm sure it would make a pretty big difference over time.  That said, there *can* be a falacy of savings where you end up just squandering it on other things anyway and it never really amounts to much. 

 

I would say that if you are not tight on budget and already have some money being tucked away toward your contingencies and future needs, then "splurging" $180/year (+tax, and yes I know it's actually $182.50/year + tax due to the 30 day cycles!) for that extra if it can make your idle times (on transit, etc.) a bit more pleasant and/or productive, really isn't a big deal.  

 

That said, everyone has their own situations, priorities, needs, and budgets.  This is just the way I look at it.  I'm not a heavy mobile data user but I don't ever want to have the urge to look something up or whatever and have to second guess myself, so I am on a plan that gives me enough for some discretionary data without breaking the bank. You have to find the right happy medium for your needs.  To balance things out, I use some services that let me download over Wi-Fi for playback later while I'm out and about (like on the bus or train for example).  I pay $11.99/month for YouTube premium as it lets me download as many YouTube videos and YouTube Music songs as I can fit on my phone and use zero mobile data for playback.  To my way of thinking, this is a better spend then trying to buy enough mobile data.  I'm sure I break even and then some.


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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: How much data do you use?


@will13am wrote:

@darlicious wrote:

@will13am  The way i remember reading the conditions of the promo was that once you changed your plan you would lose any benefits associated with it. That seemed to imply the $10 discount and the data bonus. Of course i certainly hope im wrong and will seek clarification from a moderator to confirm. If i get to keep the data then downgrading to the $25 will be a very easy decision and i could possibly go down to the $15  if i really wanted to save some money.


I would be interested in what they have to say.  Keep me informed. 


@will13am  The official word on the RBCREWARDS promo that ended Sept 30th is that if you change your plan at any time you will lose any bonuses associated with the promotion that includes the $10 discount and the bonus data add ons either before or after the six months.

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: How much data do you use?


@Shannonbyt wrote:

Super curious about other people's lifestyles. How much data do you use? Do you think it is worth the money for more data? I currently changed to 1GB of data a month (was at 4GB). This was a challenge to myself for financial reasons as every little bit counts!


I have never had data. I have had a phone for 20 years. But just recently I am in the PM $15 program with 250mb. Last month I used 10mb and it looks like this month might be 20. My data is OFF all the time. But when it is ON I set my iPhone to allow usage for email and Safari and I assume because there is no switch for iMessage that it is on permanently and works once you turn on the cellular switch. Use of data can be minimized by using free wifi and Shaw Connect (if you have Shaw home internet). My wife’s phone has Shaw Connect free because it is second hand and the previous owner forgot to turn it off. 

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: How much data do you use?


@88cranston wrote:

@Shannonbyt wrote:

Super curious about other people's lifestyles. How much data do you use? Do you think it is worth the money for more data? I currently changed to 1GB of data a month (was at 4GB). This was a challenge to myself for financial reasons as every little bit counts!


I have never had data. I have had a phone for 20 years. But just recently I am in the PM $15 program with 250mb. Last month I used 10mb and it looks like this month might be 20. My data is OFF all the time. But when it is ON I set my iPhone to allow usage for email and Safari and I assume because there is no switch for iMessage that it is on permanently and works once you turn on the cellular switch. Use of data can be minimized by using free wifi and Shaw Connect (if you have Shaw home internet). My wife’s phone has Shaw Connect free because it is second hand and the previous owner forgot to turn it off. 


@88cranston  You only have to have data enabled for your Imessage and MMS to work even if there is no data in your plan (Like those on the grandfathered $10 plan.) Like my roommate he rarely uses his on the $15 plan using the WiFi at home and barely that. But it does come in handy for email, Google maps and for him to check the tide charts. I have a little hate on for Shaw Connect as it's notifications constantly goes off or it's log in page popping up when I go to use my mobile data. I have yet to figure out how to turn it off as I tried in my settings by getting rid off it unless of course that I'm signed into my neighbour's Shaw WiFi that it is giving me access? That thought literally just occurred to me! I did discover telus has free hotspots but I don't get notified of them although there is a map online so I should test it out one day. I had free Netflix for the longest time until I changed the WiFi password and lost it. I hadn't put two and two together until it was too late. I guess a former roommate had left it on in the system and my diligence came back to bite me in the a$$!

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: How much data do you use?


@darlicious wrote:

@88cranston wrote:

@Shannonbyt wrote:

Super curious about other people's lifestyles. How much data do you use? Do you think it is worth the money for more data? I currently changed to 1GB of data a month (was at 4GB). This was a challenge to myself for financial reasons as every little bit counts!


I have never had data. I have had a phone for 20 years. But just recently I am in the PM $15 program with 250mb. Last month I used 10mb and it looks like this month might be 20. My data is OFF all the time. But when it is ON I set my iPhone to allow usage for email and Safari and I assume because there is no switch for iMessage that it is on permanently and works once you turn on the cellular switch. Use of data can be minimized by using free wifi and Shaw Connect (if you have Shaw home internet). My wife’s phone has Shaw Connect free because it is second hand and the previous owner forgot to turn it off. 


@88cranston  You only have to have data enabled for your Imessage and MMS to work even if there is no data in your plan (Like those on the grandfathered $10 plan.)

The following words/acronyms confuse me...texting, mms, sms and iMessage. Texting on an android was easy but have been on Apple for years.  We had a family  no text policy as our Telus plan cost 50 cents per text. Our whole immediate family all have Apple products. So we iMessage using email addresses over wifi. So now with free texting I text on my iPhone to another Apple product using a phone number. It goes out and I never get an answer to my phone but get an answer to my iPad.  That’s no help when I am out and iPad is at home. &*$$***&!! And it bothers me because I cannot get a handle on it. And I don’t think we have a pro in the family to refer too!

 

Like my roommate he rarely uses his on the $15 plan using the WiFi at home and barely that. But it does come in handy for email, Google maps and for him to check the tide charts.

Makes sense. 

 

I have a little hate on for Shaw Connect as it's notifications constantly goes off or it's log in page popping up when I go to use my mobile data. I have yet to figure out how to turn it off as I tried in my settings by getting rid off it unless of course that I'm signed into my neighbour's Shaw WiFi that it is giving me access?

Usually my wife’s phone dings when we hit a Shaw Connect Hot Spot from an incoming iMessage or email. Turn your Wi-Fi  OFF....it reduces battery consumption too. Always searching for WiFi is costing you battery time. Your neighbours Wi-Fi  access is because you have their “in house” routers’ password on your device. Much different than Shaw Connect. Shaw Connect is done through a Shaw customers account using a your MAC number. Pretty much permanent as unlikely to review those MAC numbers. 

 

That thought literally just occurred to me! I did discover telus has free hotspots but I don't get notified of them although there is a map online so I should test it out one day.

I usually go by posted signs or on my device to see Telus hotspots. 

 

I had free Netflix for the longest time until I changed the WiFi password and lost it. I hadn't put two and two together until it was too late. I guess a former roommate had left it on in the system and my diligence came back to bite me in the a$$!

WiFi password has nothing to do with Netflix. The owner of the Netflix account owner can FORCE log off all sign ins. If you have a Netflix and you can view 2 screens.....you can have 20 devices logged on......but only 2 of them will work. You would lose access if the person changed password, cancelled account or did a mass log off. 


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