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Facebook videos could eat up your monthly mobile data allowance

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Facebook videos could eat up your monthly mobile data allowance
Facebook's new video capabilities on its mobile Facebook app is pretty cool in that it shows you videos posted by your friends. But if you're not connected to Wi-Fi when viewing the videos, it is going to eat you out of house, home, and data. Things could be worse. Right now, the mobile Facebook site isn't downloading video ads when you're connected to a cellular network.

Once you're connected to a Wi-Fi pipeline, video ads will download on your phone. According to Facebook, even if you're not on Wi-Fi when you actually view the ads, because they were downloaded while you are on Wi-Fi, they will not count against your monthly data usage. Eventually, Facebook plans on downloading the ads regardless of your connectivity.

"On mobile devices, all videos that begin playing as they appear on the screen will have been downloaded in advance when the device was connected to WiFi — meaning this content will not consume data plans, even if you’re not connected to WiFi at the time of playback."-statement from Facebook

If you're concerned that all the videos in your NewsFeed will use up your monthly data allowance, you can go into the app's settings and block the videos from appearing. Another option allows some video to automatically play over a Wi-Fi connection only. But hey, that is nothing new for our readers. A bit more than two weeks ago, we told you about changing the settings so that the videos would auto-play on Wi-Fi only.

source: TheGuardian

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posted on 29 Dec 2013, 23:49 4

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm good since I have unlimited LTE.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 23:54 1

2. eggimage (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


"block the videos from appearing"
I don't see this option anywhere. how do you block videos from appearing in the app's settings?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 00:19

3. YoRoY (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Wew - gadgetunlimited-zone.com

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 00:27

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is where Data Sense comes in..

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:26

5. Max_Boost (Posts: 50; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I'm good. I still have the grandfathered unlimited data from Verizon.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:45

6. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


youtube is screwed if Facebook videos take off

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:04

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10536; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I've got it set to play over wifi only.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 07:48

8. ojz0r (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Thankfully i have unlimited data, but eitherway im just using the regular site in firefox for android with adblock so im fine.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 08:21

9. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Unlimited data here but, and it feels bass-akwards to say this, fortunately I'm using a BlackBerry and the FaceBook app is built by BlackBerry so we will probably never see this "feature" come on my platform.

Now my Tab 3 with only 2GB/month on the other hand...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:09

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 428; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


No sh*t, I didn't know videos were that big in size! /sarcasm off

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