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I realize this is probably more topical in Tech Talk, but the iPhone user base is large enough that it's worth discussing up in General Discussion (I think, otherwise I can move it).
What's interesting to me is that so far AT&T hasn't contacted me about any changes in my data plan. However, I've read from a couple of new sources that there are going to be new limits on data usage to curb "abuse" that should be sufficient for over 95% of AT&T's iPhone using customer base. Frankly, after looking over my last bill, I think I'll be fine, but I'm not fully convinced because I do use a bunch of data, but I don't think it's 2 GB worth.
Starting June 7, new users will pay $25 a month for 2 gigabytes of data, plus $10 for each additional gigabyte.
We are looking into getting a smartphone for the wife and I am struggling with understanding how much usage is 2GB?
I know how many minutes we use monthly but not having surfed on a phone what does 2GB get you (I know it is more than a couple of emails) but if you were accessing the web solidly for a month to get google calendar, answer emails, etc
Anyone have a good way of quantifying this?
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A couple of paragraphs into the article and they try to address this question:
AT&T (T, Fortune 500) says 2 GB is the equivalent of 10,000 emails without attachments, 1,500 emails with attachments, 4,000 Web pages, posting 500 photos to social media sites, and 200 minutes of streaming video combined.
At first glance, that looks like about a month's worth of data usage. But adding even a little more video to the equation shows how quickly the gigabytes can add up.
For example, Apple has used Netflix as one of its big selling points for the iPad. Though people looking to curl up in bed to watch a movie on their iPad will likely connect to their Wi-Fi rather than AT&T's 3G service, those who want to stream TV shows at the gym, on a train or on the go may be in for a little sticker shock.
For Netflix subscribers using the new iPad app, 2 GB of data will only get them between six and 12 hours of streaming movies and TV shows, depending on the bit rate Netflix used, said a source with knowledge of the partnership between Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500). That works out to between three and six two-hour movies, or between four and eight one-and-a-half hour movies a month.
I just checked my ATT bill and it looks like I'm averaging about a gig to a gig and a half per month and that's
mostly for streaming audio while I drive. I wonder if, when I do get an iPad, I can use my grandfathered $30
rate for that as well. I'll probably need it as just one or two full length movies will eat up the 2gig maximum
on the high usage plan.
They did this change exactly when the new iphone is announced which is today at 10am PST/12PM CST/1PM EST. However as mentioned already as long as you have the unlimited plan now you will be grandfathered in and have no worries AS LONG AS YOU DON't CHANGE your data plan or choose TETHERING OPTION stay away and leave your plan as-is. Once you change it you can only choose one of the CAP'd plans and this is for existing users only. As far as NEW users you are stuck and can only choose a new CAP'd data plan starting today. I think this is a bad move on AT&T and most new users wanting smartphones will bail to another provider unless they really really want an iPhone. But with so many good Android phones out or coming out like Nexus One and HTC EVO 4G there is a less compelling reason to get an iPhone and rumor has it Verizon will get one soon also. However I do see other providers doing the same very soon trust me once one of them does it they all follow. Also with LTE technology about 2--4 years away (LTE will bring one standard to all providers - no matter what LTE phone you have it can work on any provider that and no more different air waves as we have now with cell technology) I think all providers will charge more and CAP data plans as our devices are more and more data reliant than voice now a days. Most of the smartphone users use Data more than they voice. We will become like Europe is, with one standard Frequency so you can use any provider, away with contract phones you will buy a phone like you do a computer without contract and pay full price (300-600 range as they charge for unlocked phones) and choose any provider with any package you want and you can switch providers as you see fit. I think this is a better solution anyways and we should have been same as EU a long time ago and none of this nonsense we have now. I know most folks in US are used to being on contract but with a contract your new iPhone won't cost you $299 but $3k to 4K by the time your contract is up. With an unlocked phone there is no contracts get what package you want and use it as you like.