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Looks like a nifty app, but how much of my data plan will it use? shows the impact of an app's typical usage on the most common cellular data plans.

Source: shows the impact of an app's typical usage on the most common cellular data plans.



If you're on a limited data plan, knowing how much of your monthly allotment you're going to use up is pretty important. Overages can be costly. The problem is, paying overage fees are sometimes the only way to find out you're spending too much time, say, streaming that favorite Pandora station in your car. How can you find out which apps are likely to cause overages?

To your rescue rides the CTIA (which originally stood for Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, then for Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, and now apparently doesn't stand for anything). The group's Know My App website offers estimates of the typical data usage required by the most popular iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Candy Crush Saga, for example, isn't likely to cause you any problems — playing for about 10 minutes a day used only 8.11MB a month, in their testing. That aforementioned Pandora station might be worth a second thought. CTIA tests found typical usage rates from 997.10MB (Android) to 2,526.57MB (iOS) a month. If you see that level of usage on a standard 2GB data plan for your iPhone, you'll pay overage fees even if you use data for nothing else.

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[Last modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 2:03pm]


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