1GB/month enough?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RobLikesBrunch, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. RobLikesBrunch macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    So, unlike all you guys living in the states, I'm stuck with crappy Swiss plans that limit you @ 1GB/month of data (but then again, the iPhone is only $80 here, and the plan is cheaper). So here's the thing- I've never had a 3G phone, never had a phone that can be practically used to browse the web, and considering my data use @ my computer, I'm doubting whether or not 1GB will suffice for my needs.

    Say I'll be browsing the web one hour each day, with say...one to two 5 minute YouTube videos each day. Other activities will include email and blog browsing and maybe some Pandora (although I don't know if it will work- I can download apps from the American store as I have an American credit card...). Do you think 1GB will suffice for my needs?

    Also, does anyone know of a program that can tell me how much I've downloaded on my PC? I want to test data usage by setting safari to it's iPhone mode for developers and doing some browsing.

    Thanks everyone :)
  2. Inukami macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    I used 15MB in two days surfing the web for a good 2-3 hours a day and watching about 2 videos from youtube.
  3. RobLikesBrunch thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    Wow- that seems like plenty then :O

    Any other input?
  4. muldul macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Sussex, England, UK
  5. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    i've had it since the 11th and i've only used 148MB, though I am on wi-fi allot
  6. apockalipse macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    I've had mine for about 3 weeks. The reality is you will probably play with it way more in the beginning than you will once you get used to it and its not a "new toy" anymore. For about the first week, I was browsing, watching videos, and using GPS/Maps (which has to download the maps on the fly) probably at least 3 hours a day. Maybe 5 hours on the most use ever. I have probably downloaded 25-30 apps including updates. This is my personal phone, so it doesn't get hit with the amount of email traffic that my work blackberry does, but maybe about 10 emails a day on average.

    Now that the novelty of the "new toy" is over, I do web browsing on a regular computer like normal when its available as opposed to the phone. As good as browsing on the iphone is (and it is incredible for a mobile device), its not a real computer and doesn't quite offer that ease of use and experience that a regular computer does.

    All that being said, so far I have only used 46.8 MB downloaded and 2.1 MB uploaded. Although, I must point out that I do have access to wifi alot (but nowadays who doesn't), so that probably helps. 1 GB will probably be more than enough.
  7. xyion1 macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I've used 600MB this month, but I am on EDGE 100% of the time. This is streaming Pandora for about 1hr per day. I expect that usage to go up since I didn't start streaming till after the app came out.
  8. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    I have had mine since July 11 and have used 700mb of data. I use YouTube only on wifi because of the poor quality over 3g. I however stream hours and hours of aol radio everyday at work and in my car. 1gb while not enough should be adequate.
  9. apockalipse macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    That's actually a good point and something that surprised me a little. I only discovered it about a week ago. The general browsing experience on 3G is a little slower than wifi. Its definitely noticeable but not horrible. Its still very usable and far, far better than browsing over edge. However, I was surprised to discover how bad video streaming is over 3G. Pretty much unwatchable and I had full 3G bars. I had tried on YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com. Not a major issue, since wifi is somewhat easy to find and video streaming is generally just a luxury.
  10. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    since the 11th of July, I've used 200 mb. 1gb should be enough for most people (not psychologically though)
  11. profetto macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2008
    The battery on your phone will die before you're able to use up all your data.

    Seriously, 1 gig is roughly 1000 megs, which leaves you about 30 megs of data per day. If you're using 30 megs of data a day, you'll be lucky to have any battery life at the end of the day! :D

    I have 6 gigs of data here in Canada a month, so I vow never to use wifi again, no matter what. And I use my phone pretty religiously, and since July 14th, I've only used 180 megs of data. barely over 1% of my monthly data allowance!!
  12. Hutch1 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2008
    Guelph, ON
    1Gb should be fine, the average user uses less than 400 Mb. Since July 11 I've used just about 400 mb. It's not like you are going to be downloading movies on it. I do have the 6Gb data plan in Canada but it's more for piece of mind. The nice thing is that it's easy to monitor your data usage and I don't know about Switerland but in most urban areas of Canada there's lots of free wifi too.
  13. jecapaga macrumors 601


    Jul 1, 2007
    Southern California
    Since July 11 I've used 235megs. I think 1GB is pretty decent and I don't think most users would go over that or even approach it. Also consider that if you have a wifi hookup you'd use that whenever that's available for obvious reasons. You should be fine.
  14. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    I'd love it if Rogers released a 3 GB/15$ plan.
  15. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I didn't hit 300MB of cell network data in almost 3 months on my EDGE phone. I don't know how much this would change with a 3G phone, but I doubt I'd go crazy. I mainly wanted to look at news-type stuff, which is mostly text. If you use the MLB At Bat app (which I doubt you do in Switzerland), that may do it if you look at a bunch of videos. But 1GB isn't bad.
  16. robbie79 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    I am in Canada as well, and we have alot of cellphone company's offering data plans to try to keep in competition with the others, with that being said, I have been a long subscriber with a certain company, when I first signed on, they had a mega promotion that was with unlimited dated per month, unlimited calling, incoming, outgoing, with free texts incoming, outgoing as well as international texts, they have since gotten rid of the unlimited data and as long as I never switch that option, I will never lose it, I even use wi fi even though no matter what, the data is always unlimited, just as they had a promo for unlimited texts, plus international, and ive had it for over 10 years.. just a little input
  17. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  18. GameAmour.com macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2010
    iOS App Developer
    most of the time you will use your iPhone from your home, and you have wi-fi, I suppose. Just do the majority of home surfing thru your wi-fi, it. I never exceeded 500Mb/month while using it outside the house, and I dont watch that many video on youtube...
  19. ViPhone macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2010
    Miami, Florida
    If you have reliable wi-Fi at your place or residence or work, then yes it should be plenty. If not, I'd say after the 4th month or so, you will begin to want more data per month. I've never hit cap of 2.0GB and that's using my phone alot without wi-Fi on.
  20. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    It's fine as long as you don't stream video (and maybe music to a lesser extent). I've blown through a gig or so a day watching live coverage of CES at work.
  21. Harvey Specter macrumors regular

    Harvey Specter

    Aug 29, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    If you visit American mobile carrier websites such as at&t, Verizon, t-mobile, etc. They generally have a data calculator which helps you find out approximately how much data you will use doing various things with your smartphone. For your needs, 1 gig may be enough if you are around a wifi source at home.
  22. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    You guys all realize this post is from 3 years ago right?
  23. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    they will................ when terabytes will be the norm :p
  24. iMaconApple macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Sunny Diego
    used 7GB this month:D on a fresh new cycle :D i dont use wifi at work anymore att 3G my area is faster:D i cant survive 2GB data a month i stream pandora like crazy at work and driving:D
  25. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Not me, didn't look. But it applies for even more people in these days of capped plans. :)

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