Posts Tagged ‘data’

HTC Desire Mobile Data hints and tips for roaming abroad

December 9, 2010

Hi all. I’ve put together a new video with some hints on how to decrease your mobile data usage whilst abroad. Obviously you can just disable Mobile Data altogether but some of us have to be able to e-mail/tweet whilst abroad.


HTC Desire Mobile Network Usage Test

November 25, 2010

I am planning on going away in a few weeks to the sunny beaches of Grand Canaria – finally, the first holiday I’ve had in over 2 years!

My first worry was how much data my phone would use whilst abroad. We all know roaming charges can be a huge knock on your bill so I’d like to know how much, on average, my phone uses over a day.

T-Mobile UK have quite a good system for customers travelling abroad. You can add something called a “Booster” to your account and this will give you a fixed amount of data to use over a certain period of time.

T-Mobile Flexible BoostersThis means you can be sure of exactly how much you’re spending and how much you have to use.

I am thinking of opting for the 50MB version but I will see how my day of standard network use goes. This includes weather updates, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and news so it’s going to be an interesting test.

11:00am – I have currently used 2.30MB of data since 8am this morning. Obviously quite a fair amount but that did involve some GTalk usage as well.

14:00 – 4.40MB of data used now. Looks like there’s a few tweaks to do before I go away on holiday!

17:00 – 7.99MB Looks like it’s over 1MB/hour at the moment

20:00 –9.60MB Haven’t been using any apps (except for the Mail app a few times) so it looks like I’ve only used about 0.5MB since 17:00 with background updates

21:00 –10.44MB

So at the end of a long day the phone has used over 10MB of mobile network data with normal use. Judging by these results I wouldn’t last too long with my 50MB Booster over 7 days. Tomorrow I will set up my phone to be more efficient with updates and see how it fairs at the end of the day.

Vodafone start charging for out-of-bundle data usage on the HTC Desire

May 8, 2010
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Vodafone customers who joined a 2 year £35/month contract with their Desire will only have had a data bundle of 500MB.

This wouldn’t have been a problem up until Thursday when Vodafone announced they will now start charging customers who go over their 500MB limit. Previously Vodafone would not worry about this happening because apparently only 3% of customers ever go over this limit.

Now phones like the Desire are even more “online” it’s evident that this is causing Vodafone to panic somewhat. Here’s what was posted on the Vodafone forum:

We are planning to introduce Out Of Bundle charging for Pay Monthly customers from 1st June 2010. The reason we’re introducing these charges is to make it fairer for everyone, and to protect our network from data abuse. We’re introducing a real-time notifications service to be completely transparent about these charges and keep customers in control of their spend. No Out Of Bundle charges will happen this month but they will take effect from 1st June. The messages you’ve received this month were sent in error and no more will be sent out from today.

The charging will be as follows:

Monthly bundle customers will pay £5 for every 500MB after the first 500MB
Customers without a monthly bundle will pay 50p for every 10MB after the first 25MB

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