iPad 4G... what constitues as data usage?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by RevolvingSheep, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. RevolvingSheep macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    I'm paying for the $30 3g data plan from AT&T. I might downgrade to the 250mb plan if I use under that, but I'll start with this.

    My question is, what sorts of things eat up your data? Will simple web/email usage eat up data? What about watching Netflix movies on the go? I assume downloading apps and music will eat up data? How about playing multiplayer online games?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Anything that needs to connect to the internet for any reason will use data and count towards your overall usage.
  3. qCzar macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    SFBA, CA
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Netflix will need 2GB for a movie, about.

    There's a nifty data calculation tool on ATT's website, you might have to sign in to use it though.
  4. luke.mac1 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2011
    United Kingdom

    250mb is almost nothing over a month if you're going to surf regularly.
    Once you throw streaming video into the mix your well and truly stuffed!
  5. RevolvingSheep thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    Wow so if I watch a single Netflix movie, it will eat up 2/3 of my data for the month? That's rather crappy.
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Over cellular, yes. Them's the breaks. Watch over wifi and there's no issue.

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