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How Much Data Does Siri Use?

How Much Data Does Siri Use?

Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:07am by iClarified
Ars Technica takes a look at how much data Siri uses on the iPhone 4S.

Local Tasks
We performed six tasks that would be considered to be local tasks. These queries included things like, "Set an alarm for 3 hours from now," "Make an appointment for 2pm on Friday" (and then telling Siri to cancel the task), "Remind me to file expense reports when I get home," and "What is the contact info for Ars Technica?"

On average these local tasks took 36.7KB per query.


Online Lookups
The five other tasks were ones that required lookups online-some of them were questions that Siri could get from Wolfram Alpha, while others prompted us to continue to search on the Web (thereby bringing up a Google search page with the wording that we had asked Siri).

On average these online tasks took 94.72KB per query.

Text Dictations
Ars Technica also performed four text dictations through Siri. Two short e-mails (one was roughly 15 words and the other 40) and two text messages (6-10 words apiece).

The SMS messages averaged 15KB of data use and the emails averaged 72.5KB. These would obviously vary based on the length of the dictation.


While individual data use for Siri will clearly vary based on personal use, Ars Technica found that if you use Siri 2-3 times/day at an overall average of 63KB per instance, you will use 3.7 to 5.5MB of data per month. 4-6 times/day will total 7.4 to 11MB of data use per month. 10-15 times/day will total 18.5 to 27.7MB per month.

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MrYogi
MrYogi - November 4, 2011 at 10:01pm
I'm surprise I clarified haven't posted anything about Siri being down its been down for 2 days already!
Gadgetgirl
Gadgetgirl - November 2, 2011 at 5:25pm
I could hardly wait when my contract end next year.
Nobo1
Nobo1 - November 2, 2011 at 7:20am
30 mb/ month.. my porn video streaming can do that in a minute on HD... what is the point of this article...?
PReaper
PReaper - November 2, 2011 at 9:45am
To show that Siri barely uses any data at all when being used.. -.-
Frank einstein
Frank einstein - November 2, 2011 at 9:47am
Is there any "really working" streaming porn sites for iphone? ;)
PReaper
PReaper - November 2, 2011 at 9:51am
I personally don't know but I wouldn't be surprised if there is some sort of streaming service for that as well.. HTML5?
Amriibacchus
Amriibacchus - November 2, 2011 at 11:23am
ifap.to works perfect
7124f00
7124f00 - November 2, 2011 at 12:24pm
ifap is garbage now, www.xnxx.com is the holy grail of phone porn streaming.
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