new to smart phone, help?

  rickf 18:27 07 Mar 2012

I have just taken up a contract on my first smart phone. Comes with free 100mb internet usage. I don't have any idea as to whether this amount is sufficient for checking my emails and replying to them. I get about 20 a day. I DON'T intend to surf the net with the phone as 100mb is miniscule for that. Just using it for email access. Thanks for any help or experience you have with this amount of usage. I know that this may well be an impossible question to answer but would appreciate any response.

  octal 19:26 07 Mar 2012

100MB isn't much, but you might get away with it if you switch the internet off if you are not using it so that all the other Apps are not leaking you bandwidth.

I have just checked mine and I've used about 70MB this last month, so if you are using it for about 20 emails per day I would say it's a bit borderline.

  Bingalau 19:43 07 Mar 2012

I use my phone, which is handed down to me every time my lad gets an upgrade, purely for making and receiving phone calls. I haven't a clue what else it will do. Oh yes I know it can take photo's in an emergency when I have forgotten my camera.

  interzone55 20:04 07 Mar 2012

An email without any attachments is only a few kilobytes. Although an images in signatures will add up.

I have one customer who has so many images at the top & bottom of their emails that each message is a couple of megabytes. Until recently I had to delete all the images out of each email as we only had a paltry 100mb inbox...

  rickf 20:25 07 Mar 2012

hi, many thanks for the info to date. looks like a possibility for me then. shall set up to connect to the net and play it by ear. i just don't want to have to pay extra each month and playing on the sfae side. It's probaly sufficient for me by the looks of it as in actuallity I only need to use it to access emails on 3 days a wk as rest of the time i work from home.

  octal 21:26 07 Mar 2012

If it's only three days per week then I think you might get away with it, as you say, play it by ear and see how it goes.

I've got 500MB and I find that more than sufficient for my needs.

  morddwyd 21:46 07 Mar 2012

If you really get stuck on your 3 days a week away from home you could always get a cup of coffee in McDonald's (free wifi)!

  Picklefactory 21:51 07 Mar 2012

Depending on which make you have, and if it can handle apps of some format, there are plenty of free apps to install on your device that can monitor your internet data usage, so you can keep a detailed track of your usage. IPhones, Android devices and, I think, Nokia, all have forms of apps.

I have 500Mb limit and never get anywhere near it. For example, this month I have used 21MB. I do some surfing, have a few apps that use internet connectivity and do some minor emailing, but take advantage of wifi wherever I can. I am averaging only 31MB per month.

  Woolwell 22:19 07 Mar 2012

I get through about 200 Mb per month but it can be as high as 250. I haven't dropped below 100. I update e-mails, browse, the internet, use apps, etc. App updates can use a significant amount unless you use wifi.

  Chegs ®™ 10:36 08 Mar 2012

I only use my phone for occasional surfing of PCA web pages,yet was horrified when January's data usage email arrived.It was telling me I'd used nearly 800Mbs but fortunately I'd been given some free offer of extra data usage.In February,I deliberately avoided using the internet on my phone and was also turning off the mobile internet in settings,yet still was only 5Mbs short of my 500Mbs limit.The same month,I received a text informing me that I could buy an extra 250Mbs for £3.I declined and will try leaving the thing in airplane mode for this month,then lets see its apps use up my bloody bandwidth! I will also have a look at the user manual & see if I can discover howto uninstall apps as I don't use them.

  rickf 11:21 08 Mar 2012

Really interesting feedbacks for me, a new user of smartphones. Keep them coming. I'll use wifi as much as possible but does'nt that count as using up bandwidth? Confused!! Will also download app for info on usage as I have an Android phone.

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