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How Quickly Are you Using your iPad’s LTE Data Plan?

by on March 21st, 2012

Gee, the new iPad buzz just won’t stop, will it? First, we heard about heat issues with the new iPad (it does get warmer than the iPad 2; but definitely not the ‘burning hot’ like my MacBook Pro), and now we’re onto how quickly LTE data will be used.

The Wall Street Journal notes in their latest article how users in the U.S. are blasting through their LTE data plans in just mere days by streaming HD video:

What many consumers may not realize is the new iPad’s faster LTE connection means they will use more data even if they don’t change their 3G surfing habits. Take regular video: Verizon estimates that streaming it over an LTE connection runs through 650 megabytes an hour. That’s double the amount of data used streaming the same video over a 3G link, because the fatter pipe lets more data through.

Maybe people weren’t aware of this, but yeah, the faster the network means the more data you will use. Here’s what’s advertised on each of the LTE websites from the ‘Big 3′:

Bell:

LTE is the gold standard for wireless technology. Everything you do using a Bell LTE mobile device on the Bell LTE network – running business applications, watching videos, downloading large files, etc. – will be faster and better6. Initially the 4G LTE network will provide access to peak speeds up to 75 Mbps (expected average speeds of 12-25 Mbps). As the 4G LTE network and devices evolve, we’ll reach even greater speeds, approaching 150 Mbps.

Rogers:

This year, Rogers LTE devices will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps on the Rogers LTE network1. Maximum speeds are dependent on the combination of the network spectrum and technical specifications of the hardware being used. Today, devices are capable of downloading up to 75 Mbps and Rogers LTE customers are experiencing typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps, significantly faster than any other Canadian 4G HSPA+ wireless network.

Telus:

And now with 4G LTE, we’re flying to manufacturer’s rated peak data download speeds of up to 75 Mbps† (expected average speeds of 12 to 25 Mbps) – imagine downloading a 2 hour HD movie** in a just a few minutes.

So, what’s the next step in our plan to bring faster network speeds to the most Canadians? Developing our 4G LTE network to theoretical speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Given the ‘average’ LTE speed of say 25 Mbps, one can blow through 250MB of data in just 8 seconds. A 5GB LTE data plan could be used up in just 3.3 hours of HD streaming.

So what’s the best thing to do? Ensure you’re on an appropriate LTE data plan. Check out the current offers from Rogers, Telus, and Bell. Or, alter the way you surf using LTE. It’s just that simple.

How quickly have you used up your LTE data plan? What are your average LTE network speeds? Download Speedtest.net and let us know below!

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  • No

    “Given the ‘average’ LTE speed of say 25 Mbps, one can blow through 250MB of data in just 10 seconds.”

    Do you guys know the difference between an Mb and an MB? Apparently the person who wrote this article doesn’t…

  • Med86

    I think that this was a simple error, but my guess is that Gary knows the difference between the two.. It should read “31.25 megabytes in 10 seconds”, or “25 megabytes in 8 seconds”, either way… Bottom line is, you’re potentially using up considerably more data than before, even if you’re doing exactly the same stuff as before

  • http://twitter.com/guypaten guypaten

    Bought a 32Gb iPad with Wifi+LTE. Had hoped to be able to share existing 6G data plan (with Bell). Denied because of the promo nature of my existing plan. Bell declines my $10 a month… would need to modify my existing plan to switch to a more traditional one.
    BELL TOTAL FAIL!

  • otheronetruegod

    That’s pretty pedantic, given that very few people really give a crap about subtle differences like that.

  • Gad

    Just a little note. If I am not mistaken, when they say 25Mbps they mean 25 Mega BITS per second whereas a 250MB data plan is 250 Mega BYTES so assuming 8 bits per byte, it would take 80 seconds to blow through the 250 MB plan example in the article.

  • http://twitter.com/mtlscream Steve Belisle

    I was able to share for 10$/ month my iPhone plan (and 6Gb / month)…. and even if i use the LTE, i’m not dumb enough to stream HD video…. I took the LTE to be portable and able to read email, surf etc… while on the go…. so yes it’s faster but i’ll never go over for sure….

  • Codywoodward

    Quick question is this with Rogers on their 6gb lte plan for $30 a month and if it is did you just get the plan? I’m looking to switch my traditional 3G 6gb plan over if it’s still available! Thanks

  • fr3sh

    guypaten:

    Strange you were denied by Bell. I’m with Bell and have an iPhone with the 6Gb “promo” plan. I have my first gen iPad sharing it at 3G and $10/month and now my “new” iPad also sharing it at LTE and another $10/month

  • http://twitter.com/mtlscream Steve Belisle

    It’s with my plan with Bell…. 

  • gordon

    I blasted through 1GB the first day I got it.  Thank goodness for unlimited LTE for the first 2 months, Rogers :P

  • LLTap

    Umm, yea, a lot quicker potential on the data usage but that time is REALLY off.

    250MB = 2000Mb (assuming ISO naming convention meaning base 10 for the M and 1B=8b)
    2000Mb/25Mbps=40s

    Yes, 40 seconds is still damn quick, but even if you’re previous data speed on 3G was 2.5Mbps, you could eat that up in 400s aka just under 7 minutes. I think all someone should expect reading a number (especially a wrong one) is a little comparison for context.

  • Ari

    LLTap, nobody uses the ISO naming convention except HD manufacturers to trick consumers.

    Any time you are talking about bandwidth and speed on a network, it is non-iso units based on 1024.

  • http://twitter.com/ClueAssistant Clue Assistant

    That is correct, I never noticed that. Whenever you see it written as Mbps, it’s referring to Bits, and MB refers to the Bytes. So, in actuality, 250 MB is 2000 Mbps, and 25Mbps is 3.125 MB/s. Gad’s math here is correct. Good eye, Gad

  • Christopher Jones

    That is correct, I never noticed that. Whenever you see it written as Mbps, it’s referring to Bits, and MB refers to the Bytes. So, in actuality, 250 MB is 2000 Mbps, and 25Mbps is 3.125 MB/s. Gad’s math here is correct. Good eye, Gad

  • LLTap

    Really? That’s what you’re going to point out from my post? Not that the rest of the computer industry does not use MiB/Mib for binary-based sizing? Not that the math is identical regardless as long as the units are the same all the way through? Not that the times I list are actually half what they are suppose to be? (It should actually be 80 seconds and 800 seconds, not the 40 and 400 I had) Not that the time listed in the article is therefore an order of magnitude lower than what it really is?

    Thank you for proving that people would rather nitpick about their own peet peeves and get the basic information wrong than understand basic math and the actual point trying to be discussed.

  • Dongski08

    I’m on Fido with 6GB data and sharing any device including the new iPad with my family whenever they are within my range outside our home and i’m not paying $10 more to share the data with them.  Thank you Fido.

  • Wuju007

     You mean hotspot? If not, are you saying you have the 4G model which has its own micor sim which you can share with your iphone 6GB data plan. So both devices use the same data plan account without pay extra 10/month like Bell or Rogers? If so, that is awesome.

  • Crewmember7

    Gotta love Rogers. Have been having issues with my iPhone 3GS not connecting to 3G for the past 2 years. Hence, I haven’t been fully taking advantage of my $30/month 6 gig special from 2009. I asked Rogers if I could share my 6gig data I had on my phone and if they could do something special for me and they said they would let me share my data for $10/month with my iPad. CSR then told me since it was a retention voice plan I was on, they could not set me up as a shared plan with my new iPad. He set it up instead as an individual plan for $5/month and gave me unlimited data for the next 6 months.

    After 6 months the CSR hopes Rogers will have a program where someone with a retention voice and data plan can share their data with their iPad. In either case, he said that it will be reviewed after 6 months and they’ll do something for me then :)

    As much as people may complain about their carriers…I’ve always had good experiences with Rogers since I joined in 2009.

  • Facebook2

    Can anyone confirm Rogers call in centre is working?

    *611 dialed from my iPhone & 1 888 764 3771 say not in service