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Skype's video calling over 3G can eat your iPhone AT&T 200MB plan in an hour

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Skype's video calling over 3G can eat your iPhone AT&T 200MB plan in an hour
It seems that Skype's video calling that just went live for the iPhone, is not all what it's cracked up to be. Besides dropping the connection easily when you move from Wi-Fi to 3G, it also looks like the amount of data it uses is fairly significant.

For a minute of video chat, the Skype app used a total of 3.4MB of data, which makes less than an hour before you are hit with overages, if you are on the 200MB data plan with AT&T.

It's probably not any different than the other video call solutions out there, but this is just a heads-up if you think that because of Skype's popularity, it uses some magical compression formula, that let's you use it for hours on end on the meager AT&T allotment.

via SlashGear

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posted on 30 Dec 2010, 10:10

1. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


This is why the Iphone needs to go to Sprint, $10 extra a month is worth unlimited!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 10:23

2. branmcc03 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)


Thats why you can use wifi. Thats the smarter way to use it

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 10:52 1

3. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Thats why you need a myTouch 4G!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 11:27 2

4. captain obvious (unregistered)


that's why people who have the $15 package should not use skype. pay the extra $10 and get the 2GB plan, don't get me wrong thanks for the info about how long it will take for the 200MB plan to deplete. people who wants to save money shouldn't complain about this. you would imagine cheap people are resourceful.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 11:34 2

5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


That is why you keep your original unlimited plan and do not change it to another one....TANGO!!!!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 12:06 3

6. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


That is why... lol

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 13:16 3

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


This is exactly the reason why videocalling is still not a COMMONLY used feature on a phone. It drains battery fast, it consumes your data plan fast, it has a choppy quality, and additional fees may be charged by skype or whatever 3rd party app. The best way to videocall is through facetime via wifi. You would not need skype or fring. It offers better videocalling quality, you can connect your phone to an outlet so that your phone is charging while you're videocalling, and, no additional costs to you. Facetime via wifi is the practical and sensible way to go.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 14:02

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5724; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe this is why AT&T is claiming to not be worried about the pending Verizon iPhone? Data overcharges would be a handy way to make up for the lost revenue from customers bailing to Verizon....

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 14:51 1

9. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You can always upgrade to 2GB. It's still possible to go over but I'm guessing it would be a lot harder.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 15:12 6

10. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I don't feel sorry for anyone that's honestly trying to make video calls with that DataPlus plan. I like that AT&T has made it cheaper for people to have smartphones because honestly a lot of people have opted for them over messaging phones. But people have to educate themselves on what 200mb means. And I can't say that reps aren't telling them because the DataPro plan makes sales reps more money. If you're being cheap and getting the lower plan, you should know not to do heavy surfing...period.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 19:13 1

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sir you are among the most reasonable persons in here +1 for you

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 16:10 2

11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Jeff, you DA mAn!! +1

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 20:28

13. Zackh121556 (unregistered)


I video call on my epic 4g about 3 hours per week....sprint sucks but I'll never go att....p.s. Switching to verizon when the thunderbolt comes out

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 06:59

14. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


Exactly why i left att and went to tmo

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 21:18

15. craggie4ever (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Apr 2009)


Zackh121556
What makes you think the thunderbolt will be any better? Verizon won't have unlimited 4G if you didn't know, It'll be much more expensive than sprint. The thunderbolt is just another example of Verizons unoriginality.

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 00:04

16. ericwalker (unregistered)


love tmobile unlimited data my touch 4g for life

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 13:15

17. Lowtech80 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jan 2011)


craggie4ever:
What should verizon do? tell htc to make a unique phone specifically for verizon? And verizon has only released prices for data cards, not for smartphones. So you don't know weather or not out will be unlimited. Those prices that verizon did release for data cards are the same as their 3g prices, so unlimited is not out of the question.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 07:08

18. craggie4ever (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Apr 2009)


I can assure you that those prices will stay the same, what's the difference between 4g phone and a data card? Let's be reasonable here, you're right, Verizon couldn't have asked HTC to make a unique phone for them but they could've at least made it more innovative instead of mcopying every spec the HTC Evo.

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