Getting a handle on 250 mb with 3G

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nwxtl88, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. nwxtl88 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Just trying to get an idea of what 250 mb of data with the $15 AT&T plan would be. I've seen this described a bit ehre and in other forums and web sites, but seem to be missing how it applies to videos.

    I'm not much for watching TV, but on occasion when tired of everything else, I've used HULU to watch an old TV show. With the iPad, the 3G would be useful when I'm traveling. There appears to be 3G coverage in the badlands of Idaho and Montana where I can't get Verizon phone coverage, thus the iPad with 3G will allow me to send messages home. Thus it may be useful for entertainment when taking a break from writing in the eavenings

    So, what amount of data would a half hour show on hulu use up?

  2. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Here is a good description

    And unless Apple supports Flash on the iPad in the future, you won't be watching Hulu
  3. zemzabob macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2010
  4. inott macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    even if you could watch hulu, you'd be hitting the 250mb cap very quickly watching video. depends on the video quality, but no more then 30min-hour and you'd reach you're limit.
  5. nwxtl88 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Thanks for the info. I did forget to include a comment that I know that at this time the iPad without flash can't get videos on hulu, it was just an "as if" to get a handle on the amount of data involved.

    Looks like no videos of any significance for the $15 plan. Not a problem. Don't do them now much, can wait.
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Remember it just means no videos of any significance WHILE OUT OF WI-FI.
  7. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    For the sake of comparison we get 6gb of data up here in Canada with Rogers for $30.
  8. thejakill macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2005
    iPhone won't download anything over 10 MB on 3g. They make you use wifi.

    I'm assuming ipad will work the same way.
  9. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    Is there anything stopping Hulu from moving to HTML5, or even creating a simple iPhone / iPad app for watching Hulu?
  10. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Not really. I think they just have to convince themselves there is enough demand. Web developers @ Hulu aren't in the Flash business, they are in the content delivery business. They will write solutions to serve content to the most people and where the demand is high enough.

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