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  • Using Your New iPad on a 4G or LTE Network Will Eat Through Your Data and Your Wallet



    CNET published an awesome analysis of exactly how fast the new iPad could potentially blow through your data plan when operating on 4G LTE networks.

    Current iPad data plans for AT&T and Verizon look like this:


    *Photo courtesy of CNET*

    Not cheap, and definitely not unlimited. Thankfully Verizon and AT&T provide data calculators to help customers decide what data plan best suits their needs. While these estimates are ballpark figures and feature a great deal of missing settings (AT&T doesnít have 4G or LTE settings, and Verizon only offers ďmobile broadband for computersĒ estimates) the figures are as close to real-world as prospective buyers can get without buying and trying.

    However, both calculators donít attempt to hide the fact 4G and LTE connections eat through data-caps like Kobayashi. A single hour of HD video streaming on a 4G connection will eat through nearly 2GB of data according to Verizon, which means 2.5 hours eats up 5GB of 4G data. Watching Arrested Development episodes via Netflix on a road-trip? Negative.

    AT&Tís calculators inflates their results, but this is likely due to the fact the calculator lumps in 3G speeds with 4G numbers. AT&Tís calculator allows users to customize a number of sliders indicating how often they do certain things via their mobile device. However, the tools wonít be very indicative of actual iPad use.

    Judging by CNETís findings using Verizon's and AT&Tís data calculators, there is almost no reason to utilize 4G speeds on a device capable of displaying 1080p and high-def video. Where the smaller screen sizes of mobile phones limit the bandwidth needed to display HD video, the new iPadís increased resolution allows users to devour data. If a user spends $50 a month for 5GB iPad data plan, theyíve essentially paid $50 to watch a single streaming HD movie on their device when in a 4G area.

    Of course, customers could only use their 4G LTE iPad on Wi-Fi home networks and hot-spots. But, then again that defeats the purpose of having true 4G mobile Internet. Even worse, the ability to use the iPad as a 4G hot-spot becomes even less economical.

    Unlimited data plans need to come back, and fast.
    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Using Your New iPad on a 4G or LTE Network Will Eat Through Your Data and Your Wallet started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Not to worry with AT&T, their LTE is so scarce few will be near one...which is why I ordered my new iPad with Verizon.
    1. Axecaster's Avatar
      Axecaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Which is exactly why I have no need for one.
      +1
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Hey I am noticing something strange with comments. With both Firefox and Chrome, if I don't sign in to modyi, I can see all comments. If I do sign in, I see only the first comment. The comment count at the top says 42 (correctly) but here in the comment box says "1 Comment". WTH??

      Firefox 10.0.2 with in safe mode, all addons disabled, and logged in still see only 1 comment.
    1. alberta_cox's Avatar
      alberta_cox -
      So, the batteries of such devices are still weak, which I find hard to fathom, rather then trying to think that 4G is something wicked.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      Telecoms are seriously dragging their feet in this country when it comes to affordable broadband, mobile and home alike. Other countries laugh and feel pity for what we call "broadband." Obviously there's not enough competition in the industry driving innovation and its stagnating.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by desepticon View Post
      Telecoms are seriously dragging their feet in this country when it comes to affordable broadband, mobile and home alike. Other countries laugh and feel pity for what we call "broadband." Obviously there's not enough competition in the industry driving innovation and its stagnating.
      Obviously there needs to be a much more active regulation of the telecoms. Other countries the neocons call socialist have much better wireless infrastructure and have had for years or decades.
    1. DieselVexx's Avatar
      DieselVexx -
      At the moment all data plans are a joke. The idea of access everywhere, any time for however long (strange as it sounds) belongs to yesterday. Today being mobile means being able to take a digital advice everywhere.