WBEZ | cellphone data http://www.wbez.org/tags/cellphone-data Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CUB: Illinois residents waste $1.4B on data plans http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/cub-illinois-residents-waste-14b-data-plans-107750 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_cellphones_Phil Roeder.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A consumer advocacy group says Illinois residents are wasting as much as $1.4 billion a year by signing up for the wrong cellphone data plan.</p><p>The Citizens Utility Board says Tuesday that the average Illinois resident is overpaying for their smartphone&#39;s data plan by about $194 a year, buying access to more data than they actually need.</p><p>CUB&#39;s executive director says people often don&#39;t realize how much data they use and overpay.</p><p>The figures, which CUB released along with wireless industry research firm Validas, show only a small percentage of smartphone users ever incur &quot;overages&quot; for using more data than their plan allows.</p><p>Research released this month by the Pew Internet &amp; American Life project shows 91 percent of Americans own a cellphone, and 56 percent have a smartphone.</p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/cub-illinois-residents-waste-14b-data-plans-107750