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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Afbar1114, May 5, 2014.
Does one use more battery and data then the other?
Push vs text alerts?
The difference would be negligible.
Is one better then the other ?
I don't think so.
They probably use about the same amount of battery.
As for data: plain SMS messages do not count as "data" when it comes down to billing by the cell carriers. SMS is seen as a separate thing altogether. If you're on an "unlimited" texting plan, then the text message has already been "paid for" in your plan, and doesn't count against anything.
Of course, if you have NO SMS plan, then a text will incur a usage charge (usually $.20-$.25 per text), even if you have available data usage remaining in your billing cycle.
Push notifications can also go over wifi and other internet connections. So, if your phone happens to be connected over wifi, then your cell carrier won't see or bill for the push notification at all: it won't count against your texts, nor will it count against cellular data.
Depends on what you're looking for. If you don't want to use any of your data at all, and you have unlimited texting anyway, then SMS is the way to go.
If however, you want the ability to receive notifications over WiFi, even if you don't have a cell signal, then you want to go with a push notification
Also, push notifications let you receive the message over more than one device. If you also have an iPad, iPod Touch, additional iPhones, or a Mac, then you can also get the notification on all of those devices too. Can't do that with SMS.
I am thinking about using it for banking. Are we talking about using maybe 5 mb a month?
IIRC, Apple's servers won't accept push notifications that are larger than 256 bytes (per notification).
If they're 256 bytes each, 5 MB would be enough for 20,000 notifications. I'm sure there's some additional network-related overhead involved, but even if you assume 50% (which is way too high to be realistic, but it makes the math easy), you'd still be talking about 10,000 notifications (which is hopefully way more than you'd ever use for banking).
Even all my apps won't use that much
This is how much my push notifications use.