How much data does this 3G stuff use?
So today I’ve been looking at the G1, and I love the idea of the thing even if I’m not convinced of the hardware yet. But I started wondering… how much data is all this connectivity going to use? And as such, how much is this going to cost me every month?
What triggered this was the G1′s GPS functionality. Lovely, my traditional gps got stolen from the car earlier this year and I have a habit of getting lost every time I have to drive to some new town or city. So this’d be perfect, but… it uses Google Maps. Which means it has to download data. Which means I’m downloading data from the moment I drive off to the moment I arrive. That’s potentially a LOT of data.
And I’m not even going in to instant messengers to which you’re logged on 24/7, push mail, regular browsing and all the new stuff we don’t even know is coming.
So what would my monthly data usage be?
Reading the fine print on t-mobile’s site I see that in the US you can get a flat fee data subscription for $25 a month, I hope they’ll go the same route here. The G1′s release in the Netherlands has been pushed back to 2009 so let’s see how others like it first.
So, do you have a smartphone? An iPhone perhaps? How much data do you use a month and how much does it set you back?