This post is a part of an ongoing series about mobile data usage.
During October, we hosted a Data Horror Stories Contest, where thousands of individuals who have previously been burned by their data plans submitted their tales of mobile-data-overage woes.
Within those submissions, we started to see some recurring complaints about how users went over their monthly data plan limit. Below is a rundown of the most common.
Forgetting to use Wi-Fi
Have you ever turned your Wi-Fi off and realized later that you’re still using mobile data even though you’re sitting at home, 2 feet from your router? Or gone to a bar only to realize at the end of the night they had free Wi-Fi? Don’t worry, it’s happened to a lot of us.
— mcgillc_10 (The45) (@mcgillc_10) October 8, 2014
— Vikram (@cstiger_viki) October 10, 2014
Streaming from music & video apps
We all know how easy it is to get lost in a music video or zone out listening to Pandora on the way to work. The problem is that apps utilizing video & music tend to eat up a lot of data, and fast!
— Catalin Serediuc (@kattasere) October 8, 2014
— Andrew Reyna (@AndyRReyna) October 23, 2014
Sure it’s fun seeing the Eiffel Tour or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but you know what’s not fun? A $200 roaming bill.
— Denis Manusa (@DenisManusa) October 11, 2014
#datahorrorstories I went to China for a great vacation. When I came back, I realized that 50mb of data equals about $100. 🙁
— c a l e b (@tinycaleb) October 19, 2014
Whether it’s auto-updating apps or automatic backup of emails, pictures, etc., these automatic events that happen in the background, often without a user’s knowledge, can rip through data plans.
— Flavio Martins (@flaviomartins) October 19, 2014
Shared data plans
You may love your sister/brother/cousin/girlfriend, but you don’t have to love how much data they use from your “shared” plan.
— JS (@LogicalForm) October 12, 2014
— mad (@paul_mmitja) October 8, 2014
Do you have a data horror story? Share it with us in the comments! And, if you’re an Android user, don’t forget to download and try Opera Max to save up to 50% on your data plan.