These days, mostly everyone uses a smartphone for their mobile phone. Unlike when you own a so-called “dumb” phone, when you have a smartphone, you will find that your wireless carrier will require you to purchase a data plan or upgrade your existing one, depending on how old it is. In particular, the four major wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — offer unlimited data plans as part of their packages. More mobile phone users are now transitioning to providers like Clear that provide wireless internet deals with unlimited data plans for on- the- go and home solutions.
While many consumers opt for these data plans, the majority of these individuals never consume more than 2GB of data per month. This is a fairly standard amount as it is the average tier for most smartphone data plans across all of the wireless carriers.
According to a study conducted by research firm NPD Connected Intelligence, the majority of mobile phone users do not need unlimited plans, and in fact, 2GB is more than sufficient to satisfy these individuals. The NPD also collected data from an app on 1,000 Android smartphones to track how much data the owners would consume each month. This is not taking into consideration the usage of iPhone users, but the firm determined that three percent of consumers on Verizon Wireless consume more than 3GB per month, 4 percent of users on Sprint and AT&T consume over 3GB per month and as much as 11 percent of T-Mobile users consume more than 3GB each month. It was also determined that T-Mobile customers tend to be of the younger demographic, which means there is more streaming of music and video to smartphones among this group.
Generally, on the whole, the majority of customers on wireless carriers who have a data plan tied to their mobile phone are not even at the 2GB point. As of the first quarter of 2012, the average data usage for these individuals measured in at approximately 450MB of data per month. It is not surprising that wireless data usage is considerably low due to the fact that all smartphones now come with Wi-Fi capabilities built in. Shared data is also a popular option that is offered by the two top carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which help consumers to limit their data usage overall.
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More and more major applications are hitting the iPhone this week. Up next we have Amazon Instant Video. If your not familiar with Amazon Instant Video, you have been missing out. It is a Netflix like service that allows you to stream videos anywhere.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you get access to Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Videos as well as FREE 2-day shipping. This is a great service and highly recommended. Students get a discount too!
Amazon Instant Video has been available on the iPad for awhile now, and lots of people have been waiting for the service to hit the iPhone so they can watch TV shows and movies on the go. The only downside of the app is that it requires a Wi-Fi connection. This is a major turn off right now. Hopefully they update the app soon and allow streaming over 3G, 4G, and LTE. There are still plently of people that have an unlimited data plan, and a lot of the times the cell phone companies internet speeds are faster than home Wi-Fi networks.
Another downfall of the application is that Airplay is not supported at this time, so if you were planning on streaming videos through your Apple TV, you will have to jailbreak your Apple TV and use XBMC. Hopefully Amazon will address these issues in a future update. In the mean time enjoy your Prime videos on your Wi-Fi network.
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Just got a new iPhone 5 and able to download super fast with the LTE support? Looks like Apple still does not care. I picked up an iPhone 5 and tried to download an application that was over 50MB and was presented with the message: This Item Is Over 50MB You must connect to a Wi-Fi network or use iTunes on your computer to download.
Why does Apple do this and not just give you a message telling you that you are using cellular data and may be charged for it? Lots of people still have unlimited data plans. The kicker is that my iPhone 5′s cellular speeds are double what my Wi-Fi speeds. Hopefully Apple will change this policy soon but I am not holding my breath. Before they had it set at 20MB and recently updated it to 50MB.
If you happen to be able to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you can install a 3G unrestrictor application that will trick your device into thinking it is on Wi-Fi and allow you to download applications over 50MB. As soon as we find out that Apple has changed this policy we will update this post to let you know.
A Frustrated iPhone User
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These are the settings you need to get MMS working on your iPhone running iOS 5.0 and above. This includes iOS 5.1.1 and iOS 6.0. There are 2 ways to get MMS working on your Simple Mobile iPhone. The first requires you to jailbreak. This is the easiest way. If you have a factory unlocked iPhone, you can use the iBackupbot method below to get mms working without a jailbreak.
If you are on the $25 15 Day Talk & Text plan, you cannot use MMS as a data plan is required. When your current plan expires, upgrade your plan to one that includes data so you may take advantage of the MMS feature.
1. Add our Cydia repo to find the iPhone MMS Fix for Simple Mobile.
Our Repo is http://beta.leimobile.com/repo/
Once you install the fix you will need to reboot your phone and go into settings->general->network and make sure the APN is correct.
The settings should look like this:
Mms proxy: 216.155.165.050 You may need to change the proxy to 22.214.171.124:8080
Mms max: 1048576
Mms ua prof URL: http://www.apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf
If you are using the $40 TalkTextILD plan, you cannot use MMS as a data plan is required. When your current plan expires, upgrade your plan to one of the data capable plans – 50MB or 150MB – that Simple Mobile offers.
2. If you are unable to jailbreak and/or have a factory unlocked iPhone you can use iBackupBot which allows you to modify files on your iPhone without jailbreaking.
1. First things first. Make a full backup of your iPhone in iTunes.
2. Download the program iBackupBot. Make sure to select Mac or Windows. You may use the free trial, but it is best to purchase!
3. Launch iBackupBot and just hit OK to all of the messages that may pop up. It may take a while to load all the device information if you have multiple backups saved on your computer.
4. Once loaded you will want to find your most recent backup on the left had side and select it.
5. Next you will see a list of files show up in the righthand box. Scroll down until you see Library/Preferences/com.apple.mms_override.plist.
6. Double click on the mms override.plist and it will pop up a box to edit the file.
7. Download this com.apple.mms_override.plist and paste the contents into the box or manually write it out. It should looks similar to the picture below which is for T-Mobile. Simple Mobile’s will look a bit different. The MMSC string should be http://smpl.mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
8. Now put a checkmark in the box next to Library/Preferences/com.apple.mms_override.plist and then click on File at the top and select restore.
9. iBackupBot will restore this new edited file onto your iPhone.
10. I will make a video Tutorial soon.
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If you are currently on the $30 iPhone data plan you can keep it as long as you want even if you are eligible for a new iPhone 4 upgrade. You will however lose the $30 plan if you want to tether your iPhone.
AT&T now has 2 data plans to chose from, Data Plus and Data Pro. If you want the tethering option, which will cost you another $20, you have to ditch your unlimited $30 plan for the $25 data pro plan. Data Pro offers only 2GB of data per month. All new customers will only have the Data Plus or Data Pro option.
Now, iPhone 4 hardware pricing.
AT&T customers: To find out when you can upgrade without a penalty you can dial: *NEW# on your iPhone which will generate a text message telling when you can upgrade. AT&T bumped up a lot of people to an early upgrade. They are taking off up to 6 months so be sure to check to see when your contract ends.
If you contract ends after January 1, 2011, you can still get a discounted price but you will have to renew your contract another 2 years still. If you do not want to renew your contract you can buy the iPhone 4 with no commitment. Please see the pricing below:
iPhone 4 16GB with NEW or eligible upgrade $199
iPhone 4 32GB with NEW or eligible upgrade $299
iPhone 4 16GB with upgrade date after January 1, 2010 $399
iPhone 4 32GB with upgrade date after January 1, 2010 $499
iPhone 4 16GB with no commitment $599
iPhone 4 32GB with no commitment $699
The iPhone 4 will be available for preorder on June 15 and in stores on June 24th.read more