New iPad Owners Blow Through Their Entire Data Plan in Hours

New iPad Owners Blow Through Their Entire Data Plan in Hours

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting on what may become a major concern for owners of the new iPad, extreme data use.

Brandon Wells got the new iPad last Friday, started wirelessly streaming March Madness games the next day and by Saturday night was out of gas. Two hours of college basketball-which he viewed mounted to his car dashboard and live at tournament games-had burned through his monthly wireless data allotment of two gigabytes.

The journal relays numerous stories of other customers who have encountered similar situations. Just a few hours of using their new tablet and poof, there goes their data plan.

4G LTE lets users browse faster and consume higher quality content. One issue complicating matters is that many web services analyze your connection to determine what quality content to serve. Thanks to the fast speed of LTE, these web services are likely serving the highest quality content previously reserved for Wi-Fi.

With cellular networks trying to squeeze every dollar possible from their customers it may be a while before you can browse freely on your new iPad.

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sls - March 22, 2012 at 2:21pm
that odd.. I picked upmy ipad on Monday Afternoon, transfer Data plan from Ipad 1 over. at the time I transfer from 3g to 4LTE my usage was 708MB used. I still have about 1.2GB left. Driving home my kid playing Youtube for about 20 Mins. connected to my Wifi and turn on the airplane mode. Tuesday used about 30 mins or so to by amazon giftcard check email about 30 mins. back home turn off data put on airplane mode. Using wifi only. Today morning after I read this thread, I went back and check my data usage it shoow have only 780MB left WFT. I call AT&T get detail of my data usage they told me that due to prepaid data plan I can only see my summary usage I can not see all detail. WOW. I'm thinking going to return my Ipad it very nice and yes I do agreed and I love it even i'm not apple fan but fuck no with data hunger i will go broke every month....
Dabears - March 22, 2012 at 3:58am
This is why I wasn't crazy with the new IPad. I'm glad I kept my iPad 2 and still able to tether with my iPhone 4S with PDAnet.
Walker - March 21, 2012 at 6:25pm
So basically download 3 magazines for $30... Yeah no thanks!
Wtf - March 21, 2012 at 4:41pm
Streaming live nba game for 2 hours no wonder he got his data burn out.. He must have streaming very high resolution anyway 2gb data plant you have plenty video to stream to be honest my kid playing YouTube 2 day while we on the road I still have 1.6gb left...
Who Cares - March 21, 2012 at 3:38pm
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