Q. My phone is burning through my data plan, but I don’t think I use it that much. Any ideas what’s causing it?
A. The culprit could be popular apps you use on your phone every single day. These include texting apps like Apple’s iMessage, Google Voice or a variety of third-party apps like TextFree, textPlus or WhatsApp – they all use your cellular data. If you do anything with video messages, you’ll be burning up data like crazy. Make sure to only play these messages when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network and you won’t be using cellular data.
Streaming music apps, free or not, are definitely something to watch. Apps like Spotify use around 0.72 megabytes per minute, and you can expect around the same amount for Pandora and similar apps. On a 2GB data plan, that gives you less than 40 hours of music listening a month. That’s only if you don’t use data for anything else.
And don’t forget about Facebook. When you scroll past any video in your news feed, it immediately starts playing. Of course, that’s using up your data plan, so thank you, Facebook.