iPad Data usage for streaming video?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iMas70, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone noticed how much data streaming video uses? I use Pandora and navigation programs on my phone sometimes. Even with what I think is a lot of use (for me), I barely break 2 GB. Was just viewing usage for my iPad, it's at 1962 MB after 21 days this month and I very rarely use it outside the home (WiFi). My kids use it to watch cartoons while we're out sometimes. If I had to guess, I'd say it's only about 4 or 5 hours plus maybe another hour or two for me. And that's pushing it. I was just looking at my usage for last month, 1175 MB. Seems like more use than I think. I'm going to have to watch this more.

    I watched usage on my phone before. Using Pandora and navigation, it was just under 200 MB per hour. Much less for just Pandora.
     
  2. kaylerrific macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I made the same mistake as you. Video definitely sucks your data plan dry!
     
  3. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    i streamed an episode of House of Cards on Netflix (54 mins). it streamed in HD. it used 1.94GB

    thank gosh i have an unlimited plan on my iPhone (wifi tethered my iPad to my iPhone)
     
  5. iMas70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also have the unlimited data plan for my iPhone (AT&T). Do I need to jailbreak the phone to be able to tether the iPad to the phone?
     
  6. Medic311 macrumors 68000

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    not sure b/c i have verizon. with verizon, if you have unlimited data you have to pay an extra $15/mo for tethering and you only get 2GB of data per month for tethering

    jailbreaking unlocks the feature and allows you to tether via your unlimited data plan, not a separate plan


    taking an educated guess - yes you need to jailbreak
     
  7. Powrie macrumors 6502

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    When they standardize on the new HD quality encode that has small files sizes ATT is gonna cry themselves to sleep.
     
  8. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

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    Sometimes I am thrilled with the fact that I have Verizon unlimited LTE, with no throttling.
     
  9. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Far as I know tethering the iPad to the iPhone via wifi will make it run at a higher quality than using an iPad on built in LTE/3G. I think they limit the quality while on cellular but if you wifi tether the iPad thinks it is on wifi.

    I have a shared dataplan of 10 GB between my phone and my iPad and have no problems, don't use my iPad too much out of the home though. If I would ever go over I could just buy 10 GB more for $20 equivalent.
     

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