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  1. #1

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    Jan 26, 2009
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Question iCloud's impact on data usage...
    Just checking out some of the RSS feeds from CNET this morning and came across this article from 'Dear Maggie'.

    Ask Maggie: Wait for iPhone 5 or take Verizon's unlimited data? | Signal Strength - CNET News

    In the write-up, the questioner ponders if he should go ahead and get Verizon's unlimited plan b4 it goes away, or wait for the reputed iPhone 5 to arrive on the scene.

    In the course of her response, Maggie says this:

    Most people don't use more than 2GB of data per month. So even though you may feel compelled to rush over to Verizon Wireless now for the unlimited data plan, most likely you'll be fine without it. So I wouldn't make any rash decisions just because you want to hold onto your unlimited data plan.
    That got me thinking about data usage. First of all, I think she is absolutely correct in that the vast majority of people don't approach 2GB worth of data transfer/month.


    Once iCloud is up and running and updates and syncing are primarily taking place via the cloud rather than through a physical computer, will that change? Will people be using drastically more cell bandwidth, or will most of those transfers happen via WiFi?

    I've been on AT&T's unlimited plan since day 1, so I'm not worried, but I am curious to see what others think the impact--if any--will be.

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    Mar 17, 2008
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    Way... way too many specs to list.
    I already effectively have the services they're offering. My data usage is no where close to 2Gb/mo. That being said, I too have a forever-unlimited account
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    Aug 30, 2009
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    Unless Apple completely removes the 20MB limit from OTA downloads (the limit currently in place for iTunes downloads on iOS), the majority of updates will continue to be via WiFi only. I have a 2GB/mo data plan on my iPhone, and the most I've used is about 1.8GB.
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    Oct 10, 2004
    3.4 Ghz i7 27 in iMac (2012), 3.4 Ghz i7 MacBook Pro (2015), iPad Pro (2014), iPhone 6+
    I would disagree. Heavy usage of cloud features, especially music and video streaming will impact some users. How much remains to be seen and depends on how efficiently the streaming service works.

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    Dec 02, 2006
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    Not wanting to highjack your thread. But I just have one question.... Is there a charge to use iCloud?

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    Dec 29, 2010
    Peoria, IL
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    Only if you use more than 5 GB of space.

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