New iPad already making headlines on data usage

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

New iPad already making headlines on data usage

Earlier this week we took a look at how much data the new iPad uses on iTunes to warn customers. Not even a week after the New iPad launch, The Wall Street Journal is already citing multiple users that found the current caps to restrictive. These users were using some type of video streaming service and consumed their entire cap within a days time! Verizon declined to comment on their pricing strategy, saying customers can pick higher usage plans or shift to WiFi to offset data usage. The problem with Verizon's suggestion is the top tier they offer is only 10GB of data for $80/mo with $10 per GB overages.

The typical HD video can consume around 2GB per hour, which means on the top tier would only give you five hours of HD video viewing. This somewhat contradicts Verizon and AT&T advertisements that use HD video and other media services as a selling point for their 4G LTE networks. When viewing any type of video content providers typically measure the speed of your connection, and because LTE is 10-15x faster than 3G you'll get a better stream, but use a lot more data. If your not using your iPad for video don't worry, most other activities don't use nearly as much data. Below you can compare a variety of different Internet activities based on what plan you select from your provider.

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