Playing Pokemon Go does not consume all of your data

Playing Pokemon Go does not consume all of your data
Pokemon Go does kill the battery life on your smartphone. But for those who fear that their monthly data allowance is being consumed by playing the hugely popular game, there seems to be conflicting evidence. Verizon spokesman Chuck Hamby told the Wall Street Journal that traffic related to Pokemon Go recently made up less than 1% of the carrier's overall mobile data traffic. "Nobody is necessarily busting their bundle," Hamby said in an effort to relieve the fears of Pokemon-playing Big Red subscribers.

On the other hand, T-Mobile CEO John Legere sent out a tweet on Tuesday revealing that subscribers data usage had quadrupled since the launch of the game. Other tweets include one from a player who used 85% of her family's data thanks to Pokemon Go, and one from a Pokemon trainer who consumed all of his data tracking down pocket monsters on his phone.

But the scientific evidence suggests that Pokemon Go doesn't consume as much data as those tweets suggest it does. Network analytics firm P3 Communications Inc. says that  the game consumes 5 to 10 MB of data per hour. According to Verizon's data calculator, one hour of viewing streaming HD video eats up 350MB of data, 35 to 70 times the amount burned by Pokemon Go.

Consider that a Verizon customer with a 2GB monthly data allowance would have to play 7 hours a day for 30 days to use up the 2GB of data. But the average Pokemon Go session has been only about 100 seconds according to P3. The latter studied data from 100 game players using an Android handset carrying an analytics app. These players had over 5000 Pokemon Go sessions over the course of the week ending July 12th.

So go ahead iOS and Android users, and try to "Catch 'em all." It would appear that the analytical data shows that those who play the game in moderation won't have to worry about paying overages or having to play using a slower, throttled data speed.


source: WSJ

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7 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Tmo should be ashamed of the speeds they give you once you pass your data cap, I hardly go over it but I did the other day because my home internet was tripping so I used my phone to stream netflix on my pc...you get the idea, anyway I tested it on speed test when I was using it and it got 20 down, pretty good for a hot spot connection but still away off from the usual 50-60 down I get when not on hotspot. Getting to the point, the throttled speed after doing the same test as before is less than 1 down something like .7 lol, off hotspot I still get 25 down which is pretty good considering the usual 50-60 I normally get. Anyone else have charter and experience these weird drops in internet speed around 1:30am-4am? happens like 2-3 times a month to me, its working fine right now(3am lol) I'm getting the usual 60 down easy. I totally went on a rant and told a story..........haha

2. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

Nintendo make best games. Playstation and Xbox make trash games, just a pig with lipstick

4. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you

8. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

LOL! you are right :v

9. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

HAHAHAHA!!! LeSerpentVincent is banned!! YAAAASSS!! and your burn literally burned him alive!!

3. FluffyBled unregistered

Around 200MB since the game release. I guess that's not too much at all ... considering i've been playing quite a lot!

5. p3ins

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 14, 2016

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