Could you replace your home internet with just your phone's data plan?

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Given the current state of the world and everything that's going on, times are tough for a lot of people. Many of us are trying to find ways to cut excessive spending to save extra cash every month, whether that be through random spending, unnecessary subscriptions, etc.

One of our AC forum members brought up this topic with an interesting question — could you rely solely on your phone's data plan if you had to cancel your home internet service? In-home internet typically isn't very affordable, and depending on your usage, it's possible you could get everything done via your phone or setting it up as a mobile hotspot.

It's certainly an interesting discussion, and this is how some of our other members responded.

Times are tight these days and just thinking if you are forced to cancel your Home Internet, is you cell phone data plan enough to get you by for the month? In Canada, it took a very long time for the Big Three (Bell, Rogers & Telus) to offer (un)limited data plans. I only got to try it for a few weeks until I switched & cancelled my account with Rogers. it was doable but no doubt it's...


No cos I have a lot of smart home accessories and they wouldn't work if I weren't at home for everyone else in the house.

Kizzy Catwoman

Great thread topic! At first I was thinking "yes," but now it's a huge "no." I have an unlimited* data plan with Rogers (*10 GB of 4G but after that it's down to 3G) but with the Netflixing, YouTube, music, watching online TV, etc, I'd be hitting 3G real fast. So, I guess it's a "sort of" response from me. Not that 3G is so terrible, but it would be very easy for 10 GB to be eaten up.


Of course any of us could, unless you run a business out of your house. It's whether we choose to. I could easily.


What say you? Could you replace your home internet with just your phone's data plan?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.