Originally Posted by Abster2core
Would you not be using Wi-Fi? Its free and faster!
So you heard that somebody you can't source, numbers you can't recall and something you think that the average is, gives you the right to claim the Rogers is skewing their claims?
On the other hand, here are a couple of references to support that maybe old man Rogers is right.Data Points:
...according to René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT). He says the device is driving up average wireless data usage as much as 30 times higher than on other phones...the average Internet usage for an iPhone customer is more than 100 MBytes. This is 30 times the use for our average contract-based consumer customers... [from Unstrung]
Matthew Key, chief executive of O 2 Europe, is excited about how iPhone customers are turning out to have a big appetite for data services. About 60 per cent are sending or receiving more than 25MB of data a month, which is the equivalent of sending 7,500 e-mails. By comparison, only 1.8 per cent of O 2 's other mobile customers on monthly contracts are consuming more than 25MB a month...[from Financial Times]http://www.mobilephoneblog.org/2008/...-europe-us.htm
One final question. Does anybody really think that AT&T would just give anybody, let alone everybody, an Unlimited Data Plan, if they knew that somebody will come close to exceeding the cost.
You are right, I should have added some references, but they were comments in other forums from users that did quick ad hoc tests. I would put as much stock in comments from carriers, such as O2 and Deutsche Telekom AG. (Or Rogers)
In this survey
from May 2008, you can see the average page size is now 310 KB. Assuming pages visited by iPhone users will follow this average, that is about 1/4 what I had previously mentioned. So, let's quadruple the original number and we get ~40-50 page loads a day. That is a good number and I would think well within most users usage. But it is still far below the numbers that Rogers states, so I still say they have skewed their numbers, by at least double. Also taking into account that the target audience is young and fairly tech savvy, and the likelyhood that they would visit more data rich sites (facebook, myspace, youtube etc), and the 400 MB starts to look sort of low. This, still not taking into account AppStore and emails and attachments.
You are right though, with Wifi, most data will be 'free', so 400MB is probably enough for those sites you visit when using G3. But not everyone has wifi at home and/or work. These people will not have the benefit of offloading their data usage to an ISP connection.
I am not one of those that is demanding unlimited access in all packages, although I understand the sentiment. Just as home internet use to be metered by time online and people hated this, metering data usage can feel just as, if not more, restrictive. Specifically, Rogers's iPhone plans seem to be restricted by low data and high prices. I think at 400MB, you will be carefully metering your usage. While P2P etc have forced ISPs to introduce data usage caps, they are fairly high for the average user and do not generally force you to track your data usage. Imagine caps on your home internet that are so low, you need to constantly monitor your usage for possible overage conditions and when you do go over, the overage charges are extraordinarily expensive
I do feel that the iPhone packages are unfairly priced and configured. For me to keep my current features with Fido and go with one of the iPhone packages, my monthly bill would more than triple and I would get 750 MB of data. Sure, it sounds like I could instead add on a non-iPhone data plan to my existing voice plan, but then we don't know yet if these will include iPhone specific functionality like Visual Voicemail. They also might not include HotSpot access and they don't seem dramatically less expensive overall. One of the core development concepts of the iPhone was to make the internet on a mobile device as convenient as on a desktop or PC. By forcing very restrictive caps on data usage and very high overage charges, Rogers has diminished this experience.