FOR THE 30 DAY period that starts at the end of August each year, I rewind my history with O2-Ireland and remember the boatloads of money I've given to them during this specific timeframe.
I am on a billing cycle that starts on the 24th of each month. During some years, that 30-day cycle sucked more money out of my current account than my wife spends in two years with Vodafone. I snapped a screen from 2007 to accompany this post as a gentle reminder that I need to stay on top of my mobile data usage. Part of my data plan currently supports the painting tour as it heads into Northern Ireland. From a quick analysis of the current data usage, I know Google Maps and Google Streetview demands a lot of data--up to 300 MB per day. I pay EUR 75 for each 500 MB of data delivered outside of Ireland. A few years ago, I used that entire block of data while running Google Maps and traffic advisories during a two-hour journey in congested road traffic near Philadelphia. I've scare stories about roaming from my past that have encouraged my Stateside visitors to shut off data roaming the moment they board their trans-Atlantic planes.
I'll let you know what this next 30 days costs me in an Audioboo next month.