Originally Posted by Abster2core
Now, I realize that a number of you may not believe me, or in particular, what the Rogers Rep told me about the Data Usage, but here goes.
Rogers has been testing the iPhone from day one and their findings have consistently shown that the number of emails, web pages and photo attachments, i.e., 200,000, 3,100 and 1,360 respectively for 400MB, are in fact inline. In addition, the average data usage as tabled per AT&T user has been verified. As the Rep said, you will be amazed at how much you will be get on the iPhone with just a 400MB data plan
Ha, What are you a Rogers PR operative?? Their numbers are way off! I know I've posted this elsewhere, but I think it's totally necessary given this discussion thread!
I collected this data a few months ago for a post how bad Rogers Inc was at the time (which was literally 10X worse) but it certainly applies to this!In this test, I'm focusing on the data use from normal web browsing.
I am ignoring every other use of data on the iPhone.
I only ran the test on a randomly-choosen *subpages* of the websites AKA NOT THE LONG AND GRAPHIC HEAVY FRONT PAGES, and the chosen sub-pages usually consisted of an
article page or forum page, and most had zero flash elements. Just look at how large the average page size is for these popular websites I go to:
engadget.com (blog post subpage) 420KB
yahoo.com (news article subpage) 585KB
nytimes.com (news article subpage) 345KB
seedmagazine.com (article subpage) 223KB
discovermagazine.com (article subpage) 731KB
livescience.com (article subpage) 438KB
tgdaily.com (article subpage) 253KB
technologyreview.com (article subpage) 247KB
macrumors.com (forum page) 217KB
tmz.com (blog post subpage) 433KBAverage sub-page data size: 389KB/page.
So, using an iPhone with different 3G browsing limits, you can view:
250MB /30 = 8.3 MB per day = 21 web page views
300MB /30 = 10 MB per day = 25 web page views
400MB /30 = 13.3 MB per day = 34 web page views
600MB /30 = 20 MB per day = 51 web page views
750MB /30 = 25 MB per day = 64 web page views
1.0 GB /30 = 33.3 MB per day = 85 web page views
5.0 GB /30 = 166.7 MB per day = 428 web page views
Think of how fast you can zip through different webpages with a 3G phone getting 600-1200 kbps. You could easily view the 21 pages per day of the 250MB/month data plan in 10-15 minutes waiting for a bus!
And remember, this doesn't even include all the other things people will be doing that use data:
* Google Maps (especially now with GPS!)
- Very easy to use many MBs in one quick session of scrolling around a map. Have a route-following GPS navigation for 15 minutes could easily use 25MB.* Sending and Receiving Email and attachments
- Remember, No MMS for pictures! Other office-type and PDF documents will be sent around as well.* Uploading Photos
- Flickr, MobileMe etc.* Online Chat via AIM/MSN/SKYPE* Viewing Youtube, MMS-type video, and other online video
- video can quickly use A LOT of bandwidth. 3-7 seconds per MB.* Downloading applications and games*Online multiplayer gaming* Internet radio streaming
[B]* Downloading mp3s
Not to mention all the applications that will require internet access and server access to function....
I hope that many of these countries are able to get a better allotment of data usage on their plans in the future. I'm sure all the telecom companies just aren't used to hardly any data being used on their networks so they've kept prices high. Hopefully that will change with the iPhone and they'll realize how popular data usage will be and lower the rates as the volume of users using data increases.