Why is there a 100MB download limit over cellular?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nouveau-apple, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, I'm trying to download a 200mb app from the App Store over LTE when this came up:

    "This item is over 100MB.
    Monument Valley will not download until you connect to Wi-Fi."

    Wait.

    But we have the iPhone 6.
    Isn't LTE supposed to be faster than Wi-Fi?
    It's 2014 and we can't download over 100MB?

    Ok.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not speed related but size. Its there to protect data quotas.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Personally, I wish this feature could be disabled in settings or something, but I think it's useful to prevent people from unwittingly blowing through their data allotment.
     
  4. edlex macrumors 68000

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    I get the same message but it goes on to download anyway. Weird
     
  5. Stevessvt macrumors 6502

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    I wish they let us at least choose for our selves. Android has no limit. I have unlimited data, quit holding my hand Apple, I'm a big boy now.
     
  6. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Only on updates I bet?!
     
  7. blaine07 macrumors 68000

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    I wish it could be disabled too! My Verizon LTE is WAY faster than my home wifi. This has been one of the things that's drove me crazy coming from android. Needs a setting to turn off somewhere.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yep updates quote the full app size but more offen than not there delta updates and will download just fine.
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    to stop people from sucking up to much of the milkshake just because they have a bigger straw
     
  10. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    I honestly don't know why thy do this. The carrier makes money off of people going over their data limit. Kinda seems stupid from the carriers point of view...
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    It isn't the carrier, it's Apple. It's an iOS limitation.
     
  12. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    I know that but I thought the carrier could've just told Apple they don't want a limit. Or Apple could've just done it to help the carrier.
     
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I honestly think it's just a protection for the user. Plenty of people don't even have a concept of how data works. If everything was allowed to download/update over cellular, people would have overages, the carrier would point to the device, and people would come with pitchforks to Apple.

    I do agree that an option in settings would seem nice. I assume this is just a settings within iOS that has been there since forever and nobody has bothered to change it.
     
  14. shrishri macrumors newbie

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    Yes the 100mb limit is annoying. I use a workaround: I almost always carry my iPad (cellular) with me and I use it as hotspot to tether my iPhone if I want to download apps larger than 100mb. It works!
     
  15. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

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    The 3G unrestrictor cydia app should work, apart from that I'm not sure.
     
  16. Arran macrumors 601

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    Yeah, protect limited data.

    It might also act as an incentive (to the developers) to keep their apps bloat free?
     
  17. makotoisle macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it's there to protect the user. It used to be 50 mb back in the day before tiered data plans when everyone still had unlimited. With iOS 7 they upgraded it to 100 mb.

    I think it's there to prevent people from sucking down too much data from the carriers.
     
  18. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    ^^^This. One of the perks of being jailbroken is being able to install tweaks to get around stupid stuff like this.
     
  19. cynics macrumors G4

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    Should just be a warning message w/ ok and cancel options.
     
  20. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Isn't that the only perk? :p
     
  21. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    LOL, OK, OK!

    One of MANY perks, LOL! Removing Apple's arbitrary barriers is the reason I jailbreak.
     
  22. M5RahuL macrumors 68030

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    That and F.lux ! :)
     
  23. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    More like with password requirements. Remember how Apple was blamed for kids running up their parent's credit cards by making InApp purchases in iOS games?
     

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