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Old Oct 17, 2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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So iMessage uses data, but how much exactly?

Hey guys I am on Verizon and do NOT have unlimited data so I am wondering if I should turn of iMessage for me. How much data does it actually use? Under WiFi obviously it is fine but whats the big deal if not using iMessage?

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Old Oct 17, 2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hey guys I am on Verizon and do NOT have unlimited data so I am wondering if I should turn of iMessage for me. How much data does it actually use? Under WiFi obviously it is fine but whats the big deal if not using iMessage?


not an actual answer - but it can't be more than 2 or 3kb
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 07:13 PM   #3
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not an actual answer - but it can't be more than 2 or 3kb
Very close to this amount. You'd have to send thousands of very long iMessages to even start to make a dent in your data plan.
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Hey guys I am on Verizon and do NOT have unlimited data so I am wondering if I should turn of iMessage for me. How much data does it actually use? Under WiFi obviously it is fine but whats the big deal if not using iMessage?

Unless you plan on sending at least 10,000 iMessages a month, I wouldn't worry about it.

(Answer: it's a minuscule amount.)
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 07:35 PM   #5
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Very very little to insignificant amount of data.
In other words don't worry about it.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 09:08 PM   #6
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Are you talking about pictures as attachments within iMessage because that can take a bite out of your data plan.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 09:22 PM   #7
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You'd have to send thousands of very long iMessages to even start to make a dent in your data plan.
Unless you're traveling internationally. Then you could have a significant problem.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 09:27 PM   #8
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Not sure, but it's not enough to bother my crazy cheap 6GB plan.
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You can bet that the phone companies will find a way to make up for any money lost on SMS plans
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You can bet that the phone companies will find a way to make up for any money lost on SMS plans
They did.
AT&T's only available text plan now is unlimited for $20 or $30 for a family account.
You either pay for unlimited or nothing.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 11:51 PM   #11
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Let's put it this way, if each message takes up 1K (and it's probably much less than that on average), and you send or receive 1 message every minute you're awake (16 hours a day) for a whole month, you'd use 29 MB for those 28,800 messages, or less than 15% of even the smallest 200 MB data plan.

Yes, pictures are going to use more data. You could send 1,000 (about 33 per day) 100K picture messages (again, that's on the large size, most .jpg pics will be smaller) and only use 100 MB, or 50% of your 200 MB data plan.

Now if you're sending 30,000 text messages or 1,000 picture messages, it seems pretty obvious you aren't a good candidate for the "light user" 200 MB data plan anyway. Most people are going to have a 2 GB data limit. Under that, you could send your 30,000 text messages and your 1,000 picture messages and only use about 6.5% of your 2 GB data limit.
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