Few questions about data transfer?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macmee, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    I would have to get 6GB a month of transfer if I purchased an iPhone. I was wondering roughly what I could do with 6GB of transfer (how many videos I could watch, webpages I could view, browse the app store, etc)

    I'm also wondering if there is some sort of bandwidth monitor/tracker so I could know how much transfer I have used/have left?

    When you begin to use transfer, are you alerted? When you're just idling are you using transfer?

    Thanks - Dave
  2. Que macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2009
  3. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    I am confused. But you can track your iPhone's data usage {settings>general>usage}
  4. icurbyou macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
  5. Torq macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    I do not know where you get the 6GB/month figure from, but I think you would struggle to hit that limit even if you tried.

    In the 11 months I had my 3G my TOTAL cellular data usage was barely 1.5GB. Not per month, that is 1.5 GB for the ENTRE 11 months.

    Most of the time I am in a position to do things like stream videos I am on a WiFi connection. Things like email (I have 6 accounts set up on mine, three are push enabled, for the rest - fetch is on a 15 minute timer) and web browsing and browsing the app store (it is just another web-application) are relatively trivial.

    I think to get to 6GB/month you would need to have the phone constantly plugged into a power source and essentially go out of your way to do the very most bandwidth intensive things it is capable of damn near 24/7.

    I have friends that do not get to that level of usage on their high-speed cable connections shared between multiple PCs (not true of those that use NetFlix or download a lot of stuff they shouldn't ... but for GENERAL usage, including online gaming) it would be a non-issue.

    Yes the phone can track how much data you are using. No there is no warning. You must manually reset the counter every month if you want to track montly usage.

    The phone will use the data connection for things without your prompting or interaction.
  6. GamaFu macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    He's talking about 3G data I guess? There's a built-in bandwidth tracker on iPhone, you can see how much data you've downloaded and uploaded. Also, your carrier might notify you if you've used certain amount of your monthly data plan, at least mine does, which is Fido. Even if you're idled, there might be some apps on the background using the 3G if push is used. However, if that's what you're concerned, you can simply turn off the 3G if you're not using it.

    In Canada, Rogers and Fido both have a promotional data plan with maximum bandwidth of 6 Gb per month. That's probably how he gets it? :D

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