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Sure, the New iPhone Looks Great, But What About Wireless Data Caps?

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The first thing that came into my mind while I was watching Steve Jobs amaze us at the unveiling of the new iPhone 4 yesterday was "but what about all the wireless data usage?" AT&T is already having hugely well-documented troubles with too much 3G traffic on its network - much of it from current iPhone users - and to that effect recently eliminated its all-you-can-eat wireless data plan for new customers. Many of the features on the new iPhone promise to only increase data usage. In fact, at least one of the features on the iPhone 4 has already suffered. FaceTime, the much-anticipated iPhone to iPhone videochatting feature, has been limited to work on wi-fi connections only. Surely we would prefer to be able to use FaceTime anywhere, anytime, but at some point it was decided that this would use far too much bandwidth. Unfortunately, right now it seems like network issues are limiting the awesome potential of mobile technology.


What Does the New iPhone Mean for Wireless Data Caps?


At the WWDC keynote, Steve Jobs demonstrated not only the new iPhone 4 but also lots of new applications and features that are part of iOS 4. These apps, which included Netflix for the iPhone, FarmVille and Guitar Hero look really fantastic, but they also look pretty bandwidth intensive.


While that might not be a problem provided users are connected via WiFi or on a network that can provide these theoretically awesome HSDPA/HSUPA speeds, what does this mean for iPhone users who might have data limits imposed on them by their carriers?

AT&T made waves last week when it announced new changes to its smartphone data plans. While these new plans might mean substantial savings for customers who don’t use a lot of 3G data on their iPhones, it also imposes a set data cap for usage. With more and more data-intensive apps and services on the way, this may make those new limits disappear more quickly for more users.

via What Does the New iPhone Mean for Wireless Data Caps?. Posted by Christina Warren.