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Are LTE iPad Data Plans Enough for the Average User?

by on April 23rd, 2012

How much data have you used on your new iPad? We’ve seen LTE data plans offered by Rogers, Telus and Bell. Current promotions by Rogers included unlimited data for the first two months, then double for the next four.

Just how much data will you use thanks to LTE? iPadinCanada.ca reader Sylvain notes after one month, he has almost hit 50GB of data. Take a look at his usage below:

At his current rate of usage, he will have to tone down his surfing habits once his promo rates expire. Most regular LTE data plans offer 5GB per month, with $0.02/MB as the cost of overages.

How much LTE data have you used so far? Do you see the need for increased data allotments for regular LTE iPad plans?

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  • kabsalsa

    Before getting my LTE plan, I read on this site that LTE uses more data than 3G. I called Rogers and the rep said that it would be the same. Based on my usage in the last month, I am sure it uses way more!! I have used almost 90 GB in one month. Have definitely done more streaming due to the unlimited data but I do not think enough to justify the crazy GB use. Will have to cut back big time. Wondering if I turn off LTE if it will use 3G and less data?
    PS I previously had a 3G iPad plan and managed to say under 5 GB with a bit of effort but not extreme.

  • Cshudson

    This confuses me. If I open a page that that is 50kb ( or whatever) how does the delivery method make it bigger? I can certainly understand accesing more pages because of speed, but how does downloading something of a fixed size magically grow if you get it faster? Not saying it does not, just looking for an explanation..

  • dp21

     It doesn’t make sense since it’s not possible. 

  • Gaetan

    The only thing I can think of that may lead to the amount of data change is indeed the streaming. Some applications make the quality of the video streamed vary depending on the speed of the connection.

  • kabsalsa

    I would love to know the answer. It seems that the video quality may be a reason.

    The article I mentioned above was written on this site on march 21st, 2012.

  • djepsilon

    I’m super confused with the usage levels. I literally have used the LTE on my device all of maybe 3 or 4 times. I didn’t watch any video, barely even surfed the web and my usage has ballooned to 5GB. I don’t get how this is even possible?

  • Sponticelli

    Some streaming services, like YouTube, adapt the quality of the streaming based on the network speed. Videos on YouTube over LTE have more chances to be delivered in HD than same video delivered over 3G.

  • MrXax

    $20 per 1GB overage is disgraceful. Fortunately I’ll be relying almost entirely on Wifi, otherwise I’d be pretty damn disgusted at data plan prices.

  • Sevael

    That’s a ridiculous amount of streaming.  I have 100mbps internet at home (Shaw) and between tons of online gaming, YouTube, hours and hours of Netflix and lots of iTunes downloads, I still never come anywhere close to his numbers.  I would have to start torrenting to reach that level of bandwidth usage.

    He must be streaming hours of 1080p video every single day to be hitting those numbers.  Or the data counter is bugged.

  • Limech

    Wait.. so you mean none of you guys were able to stay within the ample first tier allocation of 10MB?  :)
    I bought an LTE iPad but I’m not signing up for no stinking account until they make these tiers make more sense.  While a 50GB would be awesome, I’m trying to be realistic.. and by that I mean that let’s say $15 for 5GB would seem reasonable to me.  Make it pre-paid too.  You want to burn $50.. well that’s $150.
    I’d guess that most would use less than 10GB so their bill would be about $30/month.

    Makes you wonder.. why charge $20 for 1GB extra?  Obviously, giving everybody unlimited for 2 months didn’t seem to be a problem.  Letting me download 1GB shouldn’t be that expensive.