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Photos and Data Usage - Google+ and Picasa

I find my monthly bill for communications is significant and I want to reduce it, if feasible. I think I have several services backing up my data and photos are a big part of this. I don't understand the Google products in relation my data and photos and to each other like Google+ and Picasa.

Photo taken on my cell phone - I use an Samsung Android cell phone that works with Google products.

  • Uploading photos. When I take photos they are uploaded automatically and quickly to my Google+ account.

  1. Does this photo upload use my Verizon Wireless data plan?
  2. Or does that depend how I am connected to the Internet - if I am on WiFi or on the phone's mobile connection. Can I control where/how/when it uploads?
  3. Is it possible to stop the automatic upload? Or is that not recommended.
  • Google+ Photo

  1. Has it replaced Picasa?
  2. How does it function?
  3. How many photos will it store for free?
  4. Do I need to back up my photos to another service like Mozy?
  5. Sharing. Huge mystery to me.
  6. I created an album and I shared it with myself, my husband and 3 kids. Next day, someone else commented on the photos. Huh?
  7. I wanted this album to go to myself so I could forward it via Gmail. I don't see how to do this.

  • Clearing out the excess photos

  1. Am I correct to think that clearing out unwanted photos will reduce my data storage cost on every service that does my backups?
  2. If I delete photos on my cell phone will they automatically be deleted from Google+ Photos?
  3. Or do I have to purge them in both places?
  4. Trash - If you assemble an album and then remove some photos from it, they go into the Trash. It automatically empties in 60 days, so will it delete the original or just a copy that was in the album?