iPad 3: DOUBLE to TRIPLE the data usage - no thanks!
This is a discussion on iPad 3: DOUBLE to TRIPLE the data usage - no thanks! within the iPad 2 Forum forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I must disagree with you. I tried doing the same browsing that I usually do with yahoo.com as my home page. On 4G LTE, I ...
I must disagree with you. I tried doing the same browsing that I usually do with yahoo.com as my home page. On 4G LTE, I blew through 250 mg of data in what Verizon listed as 1 hour of connection (20 minutes for me). I still cannot figure this out.
However our daily usage for checking emails and browsing Yahoo.com is about 25mb.
I am still looking for a valid explanation of why so much more data went through, even if I had been on for 1 hour. During this time there were no updates or movies being downloaded.
08-15-2013 10:57 PM
Ouch. It's pretty obvious why cell phone providers force data plans on people. ** clutches my wifi only iPad and by the minute tracfone **.
Originally Posted by wwhit001
32GB Wifi iPad 2 / OS 7.0
When I switched from Verizon to TMobile (to save some money), my data usage went down a great deal. I guess TMobile uses less data? More likely, there were things I could not do on TMobile (audio streaming, app updates) that were more possible on Verizon due to the higher speeds and broader coverage.
Still, is it possible that some web pages can recognize the higher resolution of the newer iPads and transmit imagery and video at that higher resolution (more data)? Or, does the newer iPad with 4G do things in the background that were not possible with earlier iPads and slower cellular data?
My android phone has a data usage feature, where one can review the amount of data used and which app used it. Does iOS have this (I forget, but I am thinking it does)? Perhaps this would give a clue about how the data is being used and whether it is related to the device, or the network.
Is it possible that the new iPad has icloud sync where the old one did not? I wonder how much data this consumes?
Rather than the type of device you are using, web sites can recognize your data speed and adjust the quality of the video to match. It's a good idea to go through settings for sites and video apps, setting your default video quality to override this feature. Pick the lowest bandwidth with the quality you are satisfied with. I find 480P satisfactory for viewing on my iPad and iPhone.
Originally Posted by oberkc
For sites without preferences, the video will usually have a quality control somewhere at the bottom, if you remember to switch to a lower quality you can save a considerable amount of your data allowance.
With iOS 5 and even more so with iOS 6 there are a number of services that will sync automatically over your cellphone connection. Check your iCloud settings. By default, the heavy hitters like Photo Stream and Documents & Data will only sync over wi-fi. Most of the others will sync over cellular, but don't use up a lot of data (with the possible exception of Mail which may contain large attachments).
Under Settings > Cellular Data you can turn ON/OFF cellular syncing for some of the background services under the Use Cellular Data for: section. iCloud Document syncing can be turned ON here. Photo Stream does not appear to have any cellular syncing options. It is wi-fi only.
You can also turn of LTE service here, in case you want to self limit your speeds. While it won't stop the iPhone from syncing stuff in the background, but it will slow it down, which in some cases may result in less data use.
Or you can turn off Cellular Data altogether, and only turn it on when you out and about and, actually need it. Inconvenient, but the ultimate in data use control.
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