If you go over those limits, you may be charged for the additional use. 24/7 and for free, you may check your usage via your mobile device or by contacting your carrier. Many carriers already offer usage alerts
so you know when you are close to reaching these limits. In addition, your service provider may offer plans so you may block or limit services to avoid unwanted or unexpected charges.
Megabytes (MB) – There might be a limited number of megabytes of data per month that a user can access. Generally speaking:
- One minute of streaming video takes up roughly 4MB
- Downloading one app or song takes up roughly 4MB
- One plain text email takes up roughly two percent of 1 MB
Gigabyte (GB) –One gigabyte is equal to roughly 1,024 MB.
- Downloading apps or streaming videos and music is often the culprit of data usage.
- Use Wi-Fi at home or with other trusted Wi-Fi networks to limit your data usage on cellular networks saving your monthly plan allotment.
Most plans only cover data usage within the continental U.S. so check with your carrier before using your device internationally (or in U.S. territories, Mexico and Canada).
Honeypot Wi-Fi Network: An unknown or distrusted public Wi-Fi network, often created by hackers, to lure in users with “free” internet access and comprise their mobile devices. Avoid using unknown Wi-Fi networks and public Wi-Fi hot spots.
- Your monthly bill will detail usage by number.
- Changes to plans, or adjustments, are also listed on your monthly bill.
Tips: Monitor individual use on your monthly bill so you may gauge and adjust your plan. For example, if one user texts or calls a significant amount more than others, switching to a higher or unlimited plan
may help you avoid unexpected charges later.