500MB Data plan enough?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Polofiesta, May 28, 2012.

  1. Polofiesta macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Hi I am planning on getting an iPad 3 with 4g enabled. My use for it is to monitor the stock market when I am at work basically from 9-4. I am wondering if 500MB will be enough to leave the iPad running updating the stock prices basically everyday of the month.
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Probably not if you are getting continuous updates. If you are just checking quotes 3-4 times per day it should be enough.
  3. Polofiesta thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2011
    So you think just updating the price like on google finance will not be enough?
  4. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Whew that seems kind of low to me. 500MB into 30 days comes out to around 16.5MB a day. I personally would go with the biggest plan, review it at the end of the month and if you have room to spare, then change your plan.

    Getting hit with overage charges can add up and those data plans are hoping you do just that. ;)
  6. Polofiesta thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Aha no it doesn't have wifi :p and thanks a lot.
  7. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think it will be plenty for refreshing the google finance page only at work. BTW, most people only work 5 days a week not the full 30 days per month...If you're in the US Verizon has a 1GB plan for $20 a month.
  8. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Ahhhh...most employers don't offer wifi in the workplace.
  9. iCrosoft macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2010
    Acquire an unlimited data plan and don't worry about it after that.
  10. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    1) Get a data usage app, such as this one: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/data-usage/id386950560?mt=8

    2) Connect to a WiFi source, run your stock reports for an hour. Don't do anything else and shut off all other data using apps.

    3) Check how much data you used. Multiply by the number of hours you would need each month.

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