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How to download bigger apps without Wifi

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brandmankajan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 25, 2011 3:48 PM
When I download apps my Iphone 4 tells me I need to activate Wifi to download it. Is there an option somewhere to tell the phone to always use 3G instead so i don't have to activate Wifi evertime I want to download? I think this only applies to bigger apps, last one i tried was 30mb+.
Iphone 4, iOS 4
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,555 points)
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    Jan 25, 2011 3:50 PM (in response to brandmankajan)
    No. But you can download the apps to your computer and then sync them to the phone during your regular backup and sync.
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  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jan 25, 2011 3:50 PM (in response to brandmankajan)
    You can't override the 3G download size limit. Download too large apps on your computer and sync them to the phone.
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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,460 points)
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    Jan 25, 2011 4:09 PM (in response to brandmankajan)
    It's the carriers/providers that impose the download limits, currently at 20MB's, over 3G.
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  • Hovscorpion Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Feb 2, 2011 10:22 AM (in response to brandmankajan)
    you cannot download apps that exede the 20mb limit. however you can purchase and download the app on iTunes on your laptop then transfer. the reason you can not downlad 20MB apps on 3G is because your AT&T data plan does not allow it. you can only send and recieve a ceartain amount of data before AT&T chose to increase your bill.
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  • Sazman Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 2, 2011 2:36 PM (in response to Hovscorpion)
    It has nothing to do with at&t data plan. It is worldwide. In Canada we have the same restriction. This is set up by Apple. It may be the carriers world wide wanted some limits, to avoid too much network congestion possibly. But it is not just something by at&t. Even when at&t had unlimited data there was the same restriction. So saying a plan has to do with it is totally incorrect.
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  • Landshark2007 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 3, 2011 6:14 AM (in response to Sazman)
    Sorry Sazman but you are only half right. The restriction has nothing to do with Apple. It is a cellular carrier restriction which is why it is pretty much world wide. So regardless of whether you are with AT&T in the US or with Vodafone in the UK, you will still be restricted to 20Mb download limits. The cellular infrastructure for GSM, Edge or GPRS is simply not able to cope with masses of people demanding large downloads - hence the restriction.

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  • Sazman Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 3, 2011 7:45 AM (in response to Landshark2007)
    Please re read my post. I mention network congestion. To get the restriction Apple must set it up. It may be what the carriers wanted. But regardless of rate plan limited or unlimited it is still there. My whole point was it has nothing to do with the rate plan itself.
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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Feb 3, 2011 8:02 AM (in response to Sazman)
    It has to do with carriers not wanting bandwidth hogging so they came up with a "standardized" limit.
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  • Fabri2000 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 4, 2011 2:38 AM (in response to brandmankajan)
    This limit is a little bit stupid, because although you cannot download an App with more than 20 MB, you can download several Apps under 20 MB, and in the end have a higher data usage...
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  • Landshark2007 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 4, 2011 3:47 AM (in response to Fabri2000)
    No-one said that this was logical. It is just the way it is!

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  • cbrink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2011 7:29 PM (in response to Landshark2007)
    I disagree with all this mumbo jumbo. I'm using a 3g connection (gprs, edge, hsdpa, call it what you want) on my laptop and PC which is the same as the networks you are referring to. With this I can download whatever I want, size unlimited. The carriers don't know if I am using my sim card in my ipad or in a router.
    I think this is a rule created by Apple and they should give you the choice to download via 3g or else use your wifi connection.
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  • lismat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 18, 2011 5:40 PM (in response to brandmankajan)

    I managed to get around the 20MB download limit over '3G' the other day.

     

    I had my (wi-fi) iPad connected to my iPhone via the Personal Hotspot (PH). Then I 'accidentally' downloaded an App that is 200MB+, ie 10x the 20MB limit. I was expecting the usual 20MB limit notification but got nothing until the App completed its download and installation. I then proceeded with another download of 30MB. It also completed the installation.

     

    There is no wi-fi connection through my iPhone, so the link must be made via 3G.

  • 2ndexit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 12:22 PM (in response to lismat)

    I'm suffering the same problem. What;s the point in a 2 Gig plan if you can't download anything biger than 20 Meg ? As has been said I could download umpteen 18Meg files without a problem and easily eceed the 88 Meg that I'm currently trying to get and rsorted to using my home mobile USB dongle connection (thus using a load of its allowance.

     

    This can not be a network thing otherwise I wouldn't be abl to download via 3G dongle - and I just did.

  • geoffreyfromboston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 12:18 AM (in response to wjosten)

    No, thats crap, tell you why, when I switch my 3G sim to my pocket wifi, it then works, this is a restriction enforced by the IOS, which is based on Verizons agreement, this is complete idiotic mindset, that a service provider dictates a rule that every where in the world is not relevent, we in Hong Kong who have unlimited bandwidth on 3G have to suffer this 3rd world limitiation.

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