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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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