Between Firefox Mozilla, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome which uses the least data for browsing?

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All of them are great browsers but I find that google chrome has less issues and loads faster. However, to use the least amount of data I would download Adblock Plus, it's free and it blocks ads, pop up ads and saves data.
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I often play chess on Pogo.com and must allow pop ups in order to play..Will Adblock Plus interfere with my ability to play chess? 
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I personally find Firefox coupled with an ad blocker (AdBlock Plus in my case - https://adblockplus.org/) and the Flash Control extension (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flash-control/) to be the most effective at controlling unwanted data usage.

In addition to Flash media, the latter extension does a reasonable job of also controlling HTML5 media that preload and/or autoplay - important as more and more sites move off of Flash to HTML5 media - sites which preload media without actually playing are the major concern here (you don't even know the data is being consumed without carefully monitoring in real time).

Despite my preference for another browser, data is my major concern on a 10GB plan.

Both AdBlock Plus and Flash Control allow whitelisting sites that malfunction as a result of any blocking. More and more sites are now preventing access if an ad blocker is detected, so whitelisting is a key feature. 
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Thanks Old Lab..On another question; I now have available to me the Liberty 25 - wi fi - Free zone plan for $75.00..Are you aware of any issues concerning the built in wi fi that might be a problem..
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None other than the issues that have been pointed out by others here (and some have pointed out that the router features are not necessarily up to today's standards and a lack of both documentation and specifications for that device leaves that open to interpretation). The ability to go "up to" 25 mbps (with the boost option) may be nice to some but with stingy data plans I see no real benefit. 

Then again I'm old school and not particularly fond of integrated modem/router combinations (or integerated anything else for that matter) believing that one should render unto a modem all things modem related, and render unto a router all things that are router related - a bit biased towards stand alone wireless routers that have the features I look for (fully featured traffic monitoring, firewall capabilities, download scheduler, guest network or parental controls, etc)  
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"believing that one should render unto a modem all things modem related, and render unto a router all things that are router related"


I surely second this statement.

A user Router holds the keys to the network kingdom.

My Router equals My Rules.

My Router means that I have control over what happens on my Network

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I guess for computer techy gurus I can see your point.. However, for those of us that cannot tell commere from sickem we just need something compatible with their system that we can get assistance with should the need arise.. My current Essential 10 plan for $50.00 only gives me 10 gigs and now I can get 25 gigs for $25.00 more..Seems like a no brainer but my Essential plan is working well and I'm hesitant to risk losing that because they will not let me go back..I also get free data on that plan until 8 a.m. which gives me about an hour each morning to manually download my Windows updates for free..   
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Every webpage is made up of a large number of .... segments or modules.

Some of that is in the form of .... scripts

Others in the form of Ads

Other still in the form of video .. some auto-load, others "pre-fetch"

What is "modules" that are loaded are a function of what browser you are using and what browser extensions you have installed on that browser. In addition how much data is used is also dependent on what permissions you have enabled on said browser.

Everyone has a "default" browser .. that is the one that kicks in if you click on a link.

You are not limited to just a single browser however.

Browsers are "tools". You can have many installed. Use the one that is best suited for the task at hand.

Firefox has a large number of extensions available so is a good choice overall. Always keep one browser "as is" (Internet Explorer?) so as to be able to check connectivity if something is perhaps blocked by something in one of the others.

I use ... IE, Firefox, Opera, SeaMonkey among others. Each has their attributes.