Need help with iPad tariff choice!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by antster94, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. antster94 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
    Hey guys,

    I am looking at purchasing the 1GB 3G plan from O2 for my iPad but just wanted to understand what 1GB means. I understand that it means I can download 1GB of data but just wanted to put that into perspective. On my iPhone, it says I have sent 101mb and received 531mb of data since Christmas. I do use the internet on my iPhone a fair bit but plan to access the internet much more on the iPad, would the 1GB plan be enough?
  2. DenniZ macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    Have you got a bank account for the payments to come out monthly?

    Roughly 1000mb in 1gb, if that helps.

    I wouldn't compare the iPad with your iPhone in terms of data usage, chances are because its easier on a ipad, you'll use it more for browsing than the iPhone.
  3. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    1gb should be more than enough. You may also want to look at Three who offer 1gb a month for £7.50.
  4. Pushkar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    SW London, UK
    If your browsing the web everyday, even heavily then 1gb of data is perfectly fine, however if you are going to be streaming video (Youtube, Netflix, iPlayer etc) on the move, then you will run into problems.
  5. antster94 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
    Thanks for the reply, yeah I know 1024mb is 1gb, I am just trying to work out which plan will suit me best, I just spoke to someone a little more experienced than me about iPads (SoldierKnowsBest) and have concluded that the 1gb plan is for me. :D
  6. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    I disagree.

    Just activated my "unlimited" plan, and based on some preliminary testing, I'd say 100MB/day for LIGHT browsing!

    I'm going to leave my WiFi off for at least a few days and see how it goes.

    My usage is pretty light. I scan the news in the morning - USA Today, Bloomberg, then Cnet, SlashDot, and MacRumors. Maybe listen to the latest NPR newscast. Perhaps follow some links from the above.

    During the day, I might use it to read books (but no data usage there), maybe to look up a few things on Wikipedia.

    I typically do NO streaming of any kind. Maybe a particularly interesting news story.

    I think my usage, if completely "off WiFi" would be 3GB/month.

    Now, this is unrealistic for me, right now. I rarely take the iPad out of the house. (Though I intend to use it in the car now.) I'd be on WiFi except for this test.

    But, for example, I used to work in an office where connecting personal equipment to the network (Eithernet or WiFi) was strictly prohibited. And I prefer to keep personal stuff personal. So, I'd stream music on my iPhone to Bluetooth headsets, and use the iPhone for any personal business during the day.

    I also occasionally brought in my MacBook as an extra screen to read technical literature, but without being able to connect it to their network, was not useful as an extra web-browser screen.

    If I had that job now, I'd be using the iPad from work every day, and probably rack-up 4GB/month or more.

    I can't imagine what a family with a pack of kids in an SUV is going to use! ;)

    Oh, you need to add the download and upload stats. It's not just "download" that you are paying for.

    iPad usage will be much different from iPhone. You are going to be using the browser more, and most sites are going to be serving-up the full kaboodle, rather than some scaled-down iPhone-specific content.

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