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Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
I have often seen mention of a 20MB download limit on 3G for the iPad.
I do not have my iPad yet (July here) but ALL my internet access is on 3G mobile.
Have just downloaded the combo update for 10.6.4. so obviously no 3G limit on my MacBook Pro.
So is the 20MB download limit for the iPad worldwide or just through AT&T in the US?

MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.4), June '08. Firewire 400 + 800
  • 1. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)
    Worldwide for downloading apps/movies, etc directly to the iPad over 3G.
  • 2. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
    There is only a limit in the sense that you must buy a data plan that allows either 200MB per month or 2GB per month of data usage...(allowing for overage)

    The 20MB limit you're referring to is only specific to iTunes...Apple has placed a limit on the size of apps that can be downloaded via 3G vs needing WIFI... that limit is 20MB...so if you are trying to download an apps that is over 20MB you will need to connect to a WIFI network in order to get it...

    This limit is not part of the limit with the data you purchase and use each month to use
  • 3. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,075 points)
    Besides apps, the 20 MB limit also applies to movies and other purchases from iTunes. However, you can stream all you want up to you total plan limit.

    Message was edited by: lllaass to adding streaming.
  • 4. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
    Thanks guys but this is not making much sense.. I am NOT in the US.

    I do NOT have access to WiFi or streaming. My only internet access is via 3G with a 4gig monthly data plan..
    At this stage I'm downloading everything for my future iPad through iTunes on my Mac over 3G. Music, iBooks, iWork, Apps & Videos etc.

    The iPad will have a micro sim with a 1 or 2Gig 3G data plan. No WiFi access unless I share my Macs 3G access through Airport which seems rather daft.

    The question remains, 20MB limit worldwide or just for the US.
  • 5. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    dylan.g Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm in OZ i have a 64g Ipad with 3g and Unfortunately the 20MB download limit still applies.

    i believe the limit was put in place by or for the benefit of the AT&T network in the US because they couldn't handle the data usage when the iPhone came out.
    in oz Apple has kept the limit in place i don't know if this is at the request of the telecos or just Apple being Apple.

    it ***** if you want to download a large app of a tv show you will have to hit macas or fire up the macbook.
  • 6. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
    20MB is only a limit for direct to iPad transfer from iTunes and Apps store. This limit is imposed by Apple, not the carriers. It is intended to keep their store running effectively, and minimize the failed downloads that might occur on larger file sizes, and the resultant service and support issues.
  • 7. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
    Thanks dylan,
    So to get over the 20mb limit, I'm left with sharing my Mac's 3g access with the iPad via Airport ~ hit Macas or Esquires for their WiFi or just use the same 3g on my Mac and sync the iPad.
    At least I know for sure now ~ still a daft system outside the US though..
  • 8. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
    No more worries about the 20MB download limit....

    I have decided to purchase a NetComm 3G travel router t1.
    A MiFi would work but only with one of the 2 main mobile networks here.

    Just put the 3G USB Modem into the router and hay presto WiFi. (Sim only into MiFi)
    Save by buying a WiFi only iPad, share the one 3G data plan with Laptops and multiple iPads.
  • 9. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    Apollo8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually, it's daft inside the United States as well.
  • 10. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    British Bulldog Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    Yeah this is a stupid rule, I'm in Italy and I have a 3G sim with a 10gb monthly limit, I bought the iPad here as I'm on a yacht and don't have wifi access and want to be bake to download my tv shows, however I can't do it still. If I'd known I would have bought the wifi iPad and a separate adapter for a 'dongle' and that would have been that. I'm so annoyed that this isn't made well known for people buying them.
  • 11. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    melanie cb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think apple should refund everyone the extra cost who bought 3G iPad2 as it is a scam and doesn't work!! Either that or they remove this ridiculous 20MB limit. Telstra in Oz has told me it is an Apple issue, not their limit. We bought my mother-in-law the 3G version because she doesn't have a computer or modem! Big let down! No warning!

  • 13. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    MoodyG9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi I'm in Uganda ang I am using orange 3G network and still faced with the same 20mb download limit.

    I don't think this limit applies on the 3G carrier generally but rather I believe it's Apple Inc oriented because i've read posts from many people acros the globe and everyone is faced with the same fate.

    So I was wondering has anyone come with the solution to this dilemma

  • 14. Re: 20MB download limit on 3G?
    niradacharya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Most of posts are of 2010 , now we are at the end of 2011 and I am pretty sure nobody got the restriction free download from iTunes via 3G. I request all of you to go to the apple iPad feedback page and request for a change in the rules.

    Here is the link.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

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