"Typical" Monthly Data Volumes?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by VideoFreek, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

    VideoFreek

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    I am seriously considering getting an iPhone here in Germany, but I need advice on one thing. T-Mobile's iPhone plans come with "internet flatrate," or theoretically unlimited usage, but there is an important "gotcha" literally buried in the fine print. The gotcha is that after one exceeds a monthly volume of 300 MB (or 1GB or 5GB, depending on which plan one selects), they throttle the bandwidth back to 64k downstream/ 16k upstream for the rest of the month! This seriously detracts from the 3G experience, needless to say! I understand this is necessary for them to avoid kiddies signing up for the cheapest plan and then streaming YouTube 24x7, but the caps seem a bit stingy to me.

    So, the question for those who've had their phone a while, what is "typical" usage? My profile is: middle-age professional whose internet use would be confined to email, maps, web surfing, etc. No heavy video or music streaming expected.
     
  2. snverhallen macrumors 6502a

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    For what your doing 300 MB should be sufficient. One thing, you should also account how much data usage will be via WiFi. If your going to be doing a lot via WiFi, then 300 MB should be plenty I would think.

    snverhallen
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

    scaredpoet

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    My "typical" monthly data usage on my iPhone is around 250MB. However, there's an important caveat: I have access to WiFi at home and at work, and during those periods, my iPhone is using those networks instead of 3G data.

    If you have WiFi at home/work/both, then I wouldn't worry too much.
     

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