10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2010 4:12 PM by deggie
SmokeoneFTW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
That's what a co-worker just told me and I would like to know if it's true or not.

iOS 4
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
    Not true since it only works on WiFi.
  • tonefox Level 6 Level 6 (8,855 points)
    Anything which arrives at your phone from the internet is downloading data.
  • tonefox Level 6 Level 6 (8,855 points)
    Delete that. I shouldn't post this late...
  • SmokeoneFTW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Co-worker says "if using wi-fi is considered under the 2GB premium that all customers get,and If you use over your 2GB of wifi...do you have to pay the surcharge"?

    That's what he's saying...i THINK that if your doing stuff via wi-fi...your using your own Internet and your data shouldnt be used up.
  • tonefox Level 6 Level 6 (8,855 points)
    I'll risk another go...

    Use of Wi-fi does not count towards your data allowance. Wi-fi is using data obtained via your landline, or mobile wi-fi thingy. Your data allowance covers data handled by your iphone's direct connection to the internet.
  • Joe Z in VA Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    At current, FaceTime is locked to WiFi terminals due to the unstable AT&T 3G connectivity. Apple currently has 3G FaceTime disabled. If you attempt to connect to FaceTime on the iPhone as the Courier 3G, you would receive an error message saying it's not possible.

    FRING recently tried this on the iPhone and taxed their system as there were too many iPhone 3G connections. I believe it was their servers being overtaxed as the blog explanation, but they probably would have realized 3G connectivity would cost everyone a pretty penny as Video Chats cost more data than a normal chat.
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    From one post I've found for searching Video Chat GB:
    Skype uses the internet connection on your device to broadcast live video streams over the internet, towards the desired Skype user you are sharing your camera with. You can video chat on skype either by sharing the webcam or only the computer screen. Webcam sharing takes up more traffic than regular desktop sharing via Skype. On average, you will need 10-20 megabytes of traffic for each 5 - 10 minutes of live broadcasting.


    If this were to hold out on FaceTime, that would be a straight hour until you are over your cap of 2GB.
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
    I don't have any "unstable" 3G where I am so I can only assume this is speculation on your part. Or do you have something that says this?
  • forumalias Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    deggie wrote:
    I don't have any "unstable" 3G where I am so I can only assume this is speculation on your part. Or do you have something that says this?


    Unstable can be many things few to none of which you'd actually be able to notice. AT&T seems barely able to keep their network going with folks doing normal things on their phones. I can't imagine the slowness and whining... I mean complaints they'd see if they allowed video chat to go rampant.

    Dave
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
    If I can't tell it is happening and it is not affecting my service or speed then it really isn't unstable, is it? I think you would hear more screaming about high data bills. Wonder how much 20 hours per month of FaceTime would cost if you did not have an unlimited plan?
  • forumalias Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    deggie wrote:
    If I can't tell it is happening and it is not affecting my service or speed then it really isn't unstable, is it?


    Certainly... because the ability to hammer the network with a bunch of video calls isn't there... yet.

    Dave