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How do cell phone data plans work?

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Cell phone data plans are usually broken into different tiers, meaning the more data that is included in the plan, the more expensive the monthly cost, although some plans also offer a limited amount of free data per month. This means, however, that it can be difficult to know the best data plan to choose, as different tasks use different amounts of data. Understanding how much data a smartphone owner is likely to use can help customers make an informed decion when it comes to choosing a plan.

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How do cell phone data plans work?
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Most data plans are fairly similar across different providers, but some plans are more data-focused than others. Free minutes and text messaging are often included, but data heavy plans may include fewer free features as a result.

There are a number of activities and tasks that require data streaming on a smartphone, and some use more data than others. Social media, for example, does not require huge amounts of data to use. That said, frequently uploading photos can use a lot of data, and heavy social media users can easily consume up to 400 megabytes. Streaming services often have the highest data use, with video streaming especially likely to breach a data cap if care is not taken.

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