Why I'm not giving up my unlimited data plan:

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  1. trajen macrumors 6502a

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    and why you shouldn't either!
    From ArsTechnica, they sum it up quite nicely for me:

    Five reasons why your data use might go up with iOS/iPhone 4
    By Jacqui Cheng

    AT&T recently announced that it was changing up its data plans for all smartphones—including the iPhone. Instead of a $30 unlimited 3G plan, there's now a 2GB monthly cap for $25 per month, as well as a $15 tier that gets you 200MB of data. Though this upset some heavy data users, we here at Ars argued that most people should be able to save at least a little bit of cash each month, as 2GB can be a difficult to hit for many of us.

    A number of our readers pointed out, however, that there are several factors that can contribute to higher data usage—factors that would be amplified by the release of iOS 4.0 and the new iPhone 4 along with it. With the new OS, there are some new options to take into consideration when the OS lands on June 21, so if you're right on the edge of your data plan on the iPhone, here are five reasons why your data usage might go up:

    More streaming music thanks to multitasking

    Reading the comments on our previous two stories about AT&T, it seemed like there were two camps: people who streamed music all day and people who didn't. Thanks to the multitasking capabilities added to iOS 4, we'll all be able to stream audio more easily by keeping Pandora, Last.fm, NPR, or our other favorite streaming apps alive in the background while we do other tasks. Depending on how long you stream the music, you may end up coming closer your 2GB monthly limit faster than you did before.

    Netflix streams on the iPhone

    Netflix recently announced that it plans to introduce an iPhone app this summer, and CEO Reed Hastings demoed it during the 2010 WWDC keynote. The app will stream Watch Instantly videos over both WiFi and 3G and, since it's one of the most popular online video services, it seems like a given that Netflix subscribers will probably start using more data because of it. Hastings said that the app makes use of HTTP adaptive bitrate streaming, so the videos won't suck as much bandwidth while you're streaming over 3G. Still, with a few thousand more TV shows and movies available to you on your phone, you may bump up against that 2GB limit a little quicker than expected.

    HD video uploads from the iPhone 4

    The iPhone 3GS can already take videos and upload them to YouTube and MobileMe, but the new iPhone 4 can take those videos at a pixel-dense 720p. Not only that, but users can craft iMovie creations through Apple's new app, giving people an even bigger motivation to put their kid, vacation, police beating, and skateboarding dog videos online straight from the phone. Bigger and more elaborate files translates to more bandwidth usage.

    Bigger image uploads

    Similar to the HD video uploads, iPhone 4 will have a higher resolution camera for taking still images. (In fact, it will have two cameras!) Those larger image files will require more bits sent to places like Twitter, Flickr, your mom, or all of the above. And, with such an improved camera sensor, we have no doubt that users will start sending more pictures than ever after the new iPhone lands.

    iAds

    Sure, there are plenty of iPhone apps that already have ads, but how many of them are meticulously crafted using all the latest HTML5 techniques like the ones Apple demoed at WWDC? With the capability to do 360 degree views, games, quizzes, and videos, the potential is there for Apple's new iAd system to use noticeably more data than the current selection of mobile ads. And, since the companies involved have such big ad budgets, you can bet that many iPhone developers will be quick to start adopting iAds in their own apps

    link: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...our-data-use-might-go-up-with-iosiphone-4.ars
     
  2. Built macrumors 68020

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    Great points. Thanks for posting.

    I think we can all pretty much anticipate that as technology advances, we will see far greater demands on our data plans.
     
  3. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

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    very good points. I would never think of down grading.
     
  4. Built macrumors 68020

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    ..and, of course, there's Slingbox, which is a "must have" for so many of us. :)

    I love mine! But it is VERY data intensive.
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    If it becomes a legitimate point (like, it's seriously over burdening nodes with hard evidence that it's iPhone 4 related), ATT can just get rid of the plan all together. We should be able to leave our contracts without the $325 ETF, but if that saves att from related headaches well...
     
  6. scottness macrumors 65816

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    I'll probably downgrade my iPhone plan and keep my unlimited iPad plan for this reason.
     
  7. Built macrumors 68020

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    I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get to it...
     
  8. hazza.jockel macrumors 6502

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    Not that its a big problem but why do you quote the entire OP and included article when that post is right above yours? A few others do this and I'm wondering if there is a reason.
     
  9. Built macrumors 68020

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    To annoy people like you.

    Not that I owe you an explanation, but sometimes I, and others, hit "QUOTE" out of habit when responding directly, especially because this forum moves so fast, and by the time your response to a specific post is finished, you could be halfway down the page of responses.

    Anything else you would like to know?????
     
  10. Olivia23 macrumors 6502a

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    Yea I'm going to have to buy the 2gb data plan. I'm just going to have to remember not to use Netflix unless I'm on wifi, and not to upload movies to any websites etc. I should not have a problem with going over, but I believe if you go over the 2gb plan, they only charge you another 10.00 for another 1gb. Is that correct?
     
  11. hazza.jockel macrumors 6502

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    Nope thats it for now. Seems like a reasonable explanation, cheers. No need to get all up in arms.
     
  12. army91c macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah me next..... why is it so hard to delete all but the top line? The guy just asked a simple question no need to get all up in his undies.

    These are obvious points, although I believe the casual iPhone user (my parents and wife) will not change their habits very much with the 4. My parents maybe use 200mb between the two of them and my wife's highest usage was 57mb over a 6 month period. That is why at&t changed the plans IMHO. I think the mandatory $30 data plan kept a lot of people away from the iPhone, $15 is much easier to agree to. I of course will be keeping my unlimited but dropping the wife's plan down and saving $15.
     
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68040

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    I'm waffling on this issue. On one hand, I'd love to cut my data fee in half since at this point I rarely go over 100mb per month in data usage. But with the new iPhone I can see myself using FaceTime, uploading 720p videos and streaming Pandora. I'll probably start by hanging on to that unlimited plan. If it turns out I don't use much more than I already am, I can always downgrade my plan later on.
     
  14. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    I think by next year (or sooner, depending how fast all the other carriers follow the lower cap), AT&T will force the cap to everybody.

    Sometimes I wish Apple and Google were not fighting with each other. Remember when Google was participating in the spectrum auction? Imagine if Google had become another wireless carrier, and partnered with Apple to do the iPhone on it. Alas, that didn't happen, and all we have now is Apple and Google bitching with each other due to Android, missing the common bigger enemy, which is the wireless carriers.
     

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