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Windows Phone Store OTA download limit may be increasing to 100MB

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Windows Phone Store OTA download limit may be increasing to 100MB
If you're downloading larger apps or games, you're more than likely going to do it while you're on Wi-Fi; but, with the expansion of LTE, that has been changing a bit. Faster cellular connections make it easier to download larger files, but most platforms have a size limit for over-the-air (OTA) downloads. It looks like Windows Phone may be increasing its limit though.

With the release of iOS 7, Apple increased its cellular download limit to 100MB. Android doesn't exactly have a limit, but it will warn you when an app is too large and recommend you use Wi-Fi. Right now, Windows Phone sets its limit at 50MB, but that might be changing. There have been reports from a couple regions around the world saying that the limit has been raised to 100MB. 

The reports have come from Brazil and other regions, but it seems like users in the U.S. and the U.K. are not yet seeing the bump. We have reached out to Microsoft for a comment, and we'll update this article if there is a response. 

source: WPCentral

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:46 4

1. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


It doesn't matter. After the OS eats up half of the memory under 'other storage', for no apparent reason, you can't install anything else in 8gb devices.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:32 9

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1580; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's true, fortunately most windows devices nowdays have 16/32 gb of native storage, and it still runs faster than lagdroid

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:12 5

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1520; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Lagdroid? This is 2013, not 2010.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:31 10

9. Bernoulli (Posts: 1580; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


My old note 2 begs to differ, and even then I decided to give the s4 a shot and nope still laggy, shame that my dad's older lumia 710 was faster and more responsibility than sammys toy, and that's besides durability

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:00 1

18. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 May 2011)


My Note 2 begs to differ with you. I have NO lag. My Note 2 is the most stable and reliable device I have owned. Nokia may have nice hardware but its runs on WP. When WP can allow me to insert a document or file of any kind into an email that it can be compared to Android. Lumia is nice hardware and cameras but WP is a limitation.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:07

22. Bernoulli (Posts: 1580; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


You actually can dude, it's very easy you just press share in the options of whatever file and you can even blue tooth it and nfc works on pictures not sure about word documents, but on that you'd have to use the native app, not the Gmail app, yes i agree on that, the Gmail app on windows phone sucks, and the drop that spilled the glass was that my note 2 fell from my hip to the ground with a case and my screen still cracked and bottom part of the glass chipped, and it made me so upset that my baby sister would purposely throw my mother's lumia 810 to the ground and you could see the phone literally bounce and not a single scratch after that. However my switch wasn't right off the bat to a lumia, I had become a picture freak so the 808 PureView was my first, then I recently upgraded to the lumia 1020 and man I get the best of everything, major apps, Pandora radio with no adds, LTE and still get the 41 Mega Pixel camera I came to love so much.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:13 4

7. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Both wp8 and android are very smooth. It is OEMS like Samsung who inject unoptimized bloat in that kills it. Go use a nexus 4 or a nexus 5 or a motorala x. It is extremely smooth no lag at all. Main wp I used was a lumia 920 and it lagged. But I have heard its fixed on the newer ones.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 16:20 5

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


920 lag❔.. The 920 I'm using right now has never lagged.. I don't understand what you're talking about❔... But, I've never used a Android phone that didn't lag, then again I should probably check out a Nexus device..

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:39

19. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The animations when I opened apps lagged. My nexus 4 is flawless in terms of lag, going to go upgrade to a nexus 5 soon.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:31 3

15. muhsen (Posts: 267; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


920 and lagged ???? i am having my 920 for more than 7 months and it never lagged...either u got a faulty unit or ur claim is baseless
i have an 820 in the house too and it never lagged as well

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:57 2

5. elitewolverine (Posts: 2067; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Do you even know what the 'other' storage is? I have seen you cry about this more than once, But i dont think you really do.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 16:06 4

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That issue was fixed in update 2.. Brush up on your WP knowledge.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:33 2

16. muhsen (Posts: 267; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


btw this issue has been solved since june with amber update...its time for u to leave the rock u live under for the past few months!!!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:29

17. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I'm on Amber, but my storage info reads:
other - 2.40 gb (sometimes goes upto 3.49 gb)
system - 1.93 gb.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:50 2

2. Sire3008 (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


The limit should be removed entirely. Other storage can be cleared using Storage Check.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:50 1

4. cezarepc (Posts: 608; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Great, exactly what I was hoping for. Happy that MS devs are listening to customers, though system wide file manager would be higher on my list (they say this is coming soon).

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:27

8. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


It's very uncommon to see a foreign write Brasil with "S"... :)

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 16:31 3

13. Promethius26 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


Are you all idiots?? This article is referring to the size of file you can download over the air on a Windows phone, not the size of the apps you can have on your phone. Jeez, I had to register just to berate you.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:06 2

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, most of us know that.. At least us WP Users do.. The problem is that these Android user who don't even like WP always have to be on every WP article talking about stuff they don't know..

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:40

20. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Know what android doesn't have that WP8 does? A download limit over mobile data (Yes it warns you if you try it but it takes a couple taps to disable it). Thats one thing you guys can keep.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:04

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I could care less.. With a limited data plan I always download big games and apps over WiFi anyways.. Once again, who cares❔ And, once again, I could never care what Android can do...
99% of smartphone users don't even run into a situation where they would even think about something as petty as this.. The way I see it the cap just saves people from using up all there data allowance.. They could lower the cap for all I care.. Besides, with the exception of some good games what apps are over 100mb❔...

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