Katie has been an iPhone user for two years longer than I. She jumped on board with the iPhone 3G back in 2008 when she became highly disillusioned with the other phone options available through AT&T.
I point this out because her time spent with an iPhone has allowed her to be grandfathered with an unlimited data plan. I am highly jealous. While I was using a Blackberry at the same time she was on a 3G, I didn't have a data plan. I didn't need it. Web browsing on the BB sucked and I didn't see it being any better for $25 extra per month and, somehow, I had a working wifi connection (I was told by a tech that wifi should have only been enabled when a data plan was activated). I also wasn't planning on getting an iPhone until 2011 so why bother with data?
I missed out. Instead of waiting until 2011, I got my first iPhone in August 2010 and missed the cutoff for unlimited data plans by a handful of weeks. Now, each month is a game of Will I or Won't I in terms of going over on my 2 GB data plan. I never have gone over, thankfully. But I came so close a couple times that I updated to 3 GB and have actually shut off all data use on my phone when I'm at work.
The last couple months have been better. I don't know if the iOS 8 update did something to data usage, but whatever. This month, for example, I'm only at 1.56 of 3 GB used. But Katie, with her unlimited data plan, has never once surpassed 1.5 GB used. We've often mused that we should switch phones and numbers.
Not this month, though.
We often wind up using Katie's phone as entertainment for Nathan on the road. Since she has unlimited data, she can stream videos for him through YouTube or the PBS Kids apps. So we do. And he loves it... so long as there's a good connection. My wifi-only iPad winds up as backup because I have episodes of shows downloaded to it.
This month, the Entertain Nathan Plan is rearing its ugly head for the first time with Katie's data plan. 3.88 GB used. While that may not seem like a lot to some data munchers out there, it's a lot by our standards.
I don't think we'll be switching phones anytime soon.
I would still love it, though, if AT&T relented and gave me an unlimited data plan. I really would. I've been a loyal customer since 2000, c'mon!