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Finding the Right Data Plan

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There's a whole new batch of data plans being rolled out, by some of the country's biggest carriers. So, it's getting harder to figure out just which plan's right for you and how much is enough to keep you from paying those pesky overage fees.

Tech, consumer experts including Editor and Chief of CNET Lindsey Turrentine, generally agree the average consumer can probably get away with a one gig, monthly data plan, for a single device.

"A gigabyte will give you a fair amount of room as long as you don't download a lot of video or really any video," says Turrentine.

Meaning, you use it mainly for web-browsing, news and E-book apps and sending and receiving E-mails without large attachments. 

But, they say if you are using the device for video calls, streaming media or big file uploads, you'll probably need 2 to 3 gigs per month, maybe more under certain circumstances.

Turrentine says a sure-fire way to avoid overage fees is to do all those data-gobbling things only when there's wifi around.

And something else to be cognizant of, more advertisers are using video ads that roll automatically unless your device is set up otherwise. But even that's not expected to keep, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile and AT&T from getting more aggressive, to become your data plan provider.

CNET experts say the same rules apply for families, those that have moderate data users and also need a lot of voice minutes and text messaging are generally better off getting on a shared plan.

But if you need very few voice minutes and text messages and you've got some heavy data users on your plan, it may be worth sticking with the old plans where everyone is on their own. 
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