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Microsoft lifts the 20MB app download cap over cellular, now 50MB

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Microsoft lifts the 20MB app download cap over cellular, now 50MB
A feature that was part of the original rollout of Windows Phone 7, over-the-air downloads were limited to 20MB in an effort to preserve or limit data usage.

We do not have an exact date or message in Microsoft’s Dev Center as to when this limit was raised, but it looks like it is now 50MB which is the same as it is for iOS devices downloading from iTunes. We do not have any ideas as to what prompted the change either, whether it was a change urged by the carriers or if Microsoft opted to do it alone.

The 20MB cap might have made sense during the era of 3G networks, but would prove to be an inconvenience with the LTE networks being built out now. If you are on the go, and realize you would like to pick up an app, it would be quite frustrating to have to find a hot-spot to download an app you might want or need right then and there, especially if that application were only 22-25MB, a file size which can be downloaded over LTE in seconds.

We do not suspect that this change will put many folks’ data plans at risk, but just in case, you might want to pay attention.

source: WPCentral

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posted on 21 Jan 2013, 22:10 14

1. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


There shouldnt be caps to begin with. If you can't be sensible to know when to download certain apps then you shouldn't have a smartphone with an internet plan.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 23:06 3

2. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Data cap? Thats absurd.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 23:29 6

3. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


And this is why ios is dying and windows phone will fail.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 00:35 3

4. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I sincerely doubt a mostly-unnoticeable data cap (which exists on other platforms as well) is on shoppers' minds when deciding what phone to buy. Typically the only times such large downloads occur is over WiFi anyway.

As a Windows Phone user for almost a year, I can honestly say I have never noticed such a cap or been inconvenienced by any such thing.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 06:59

6. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


FYI, the now "lowly" symbian belle allows unlimited downloads via cellular 3G networks. I have downloaded a file as large as 200MB using the UCWeb broswer download manager.

Now, if that "out-dated" OS can do that, I wonder why a "modern" OS like Window Phone 8 can't?

My view: Mandatory data caps on phones is really stupid. why not make a provision for users to set their own limit per session or download? That's more reasonable.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 04:24 2

5. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


50MB is still a bit low. Some full featured apps require much higher memory..

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