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Old 02-18-2008, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, i'm one of the unlucky soles that pays through the teeth for data in Canada. Right now i'm on a email & 4mb of data plan.

Just wondering if anyone has an idea on how much data IM applications consume. I suppose its a hard question to answer. From what I read JiveTalk seems to be the best bet, i'd love to be able to contact my MSN contacts. I just dont want to unkowingly go over my allocated data, and pay out even worse for the overage.

Also wondering if anyone can see a difference in data-usage for different GPS applications. Would any specific program be best for minimal data consumption, whether it be BB Maps, GoogleMaps, TeleNav, AmazeGPS?


For that matter, does anyone know of a way I can monitor data usage? I know there's MiniMoni, but there's no support for CDMA devices yet. Waiting on RIM to support that feature, which probably won't happen I assume?
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Hi, also on Bell. Can't answer you about IM because like you am afraid to go over my limit, but I have a neat way to monitor.

Text to 82273. Just a empty message. You will get a message back from bell asking what you want to know. Reply B and send this. In a couple of seconds you will get your voice and data (two separate messages) usuage in all but the last two hours. You will also get another message telling you you are getting the wanted messages. I love it, it tells me when to cool it, when I am close to my turnover date for a new month.
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Have you tried Minimoni data counter application? Just search for "minimoni" on this forum and you'll find the download for it.
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Minimon didn't work for me on Bell.
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Yeah, my bad. Minimoni doesn't work on CDMA devices. Sorry.
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Hi, also on Bell. Can't answer you about IM because like you am afraid to go over my limit, but I have a neat way to monitor.

Text to 82273. Just a empty message. You will get a message back from bell asking what you want to know. Reply B and send this. In a couple of seconds you will get your voice and data (two separate messages) usuage in all but the last two hours. You will also get another message telling you you are getting the wanted messages. I love it, it tells me when to cool it, when I am close to my turnover date for a new month.
hey, thats a neat little trick. i just found out i'm over .39 Mb with 4 days left... dang. I guess i'll have to stick with doing that when i need to check on my data usage.

Now if only i can find out how to optimize my data usage with the lowest-consuming GPS application. I guess IM is close to out the window.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi, also on Bell. Can't answer you about IM because like you am afraid to go over my limit, but I have a neat way to monitor.



Text to 82273. Just a empty message. You will get a message back from bell asking what you want to know. Reply B and send this. In a couple of seconds you will get your voice and data (two separate messages) usuage in all but the last two hours. You will also get another message telling you you are getting the wanted messages. I love it, it tells me when to cool it, when I am close to my turnover date for a new month.


hey, thats a neat little trick. i just found out i'm over .39 Mb with 4 days left... dang. I guess i'll have to stick with doing that when i need to check on my data usage.



Now if only i can find out how to optimize my data usage with the lowest-consuming GPS application. I guess IM is close to out the window.
All else being equal, I believe blackberry maps will use the least data in comparison to the other mapping applications, but it too may use more than you are willing to spend. Also, emails and text messages (EDIT: My bad. I mean instant messages, not SMS.) use relatively little data in comparison to other things. Pay attention to your web browsing, for instance. Good luck.
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IM clients don't use that much, its dependand on your contact list size and like you said, how many windows you have open.

I created a new WLM account which I used for my BB, I have 6 friends on it.. and it uses aprox 80-90kb a day, with very little talking.
Depending on the size of messages I believe two messages could be arround 1kb.

I woudn't even dare to speculate how much my 150 friends normal WLM account would use.. he he
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All else being equal, I believe blackberry maps will use the least data in comparison to the other mapping applications, but it too may use more than you are willing to spend. Also, emails and text messages use relatively little data in comparison to other things. Pay attention to your web browsing, for instance. Good luck.

Thanks, i suppose i'll stick to my BB maps, its where im using most of my data. My texts don't count as data, and my emails are included in my plan (email + 4mb of data). I'll just have to try and browse/use apps less... and use that sms trick to know what my usage is at.


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I created a new WLM account which I used for my BB, I have 6 friends on it.. and it uses aprox 80-90kb a day, with very little talking.
Depending on the size of messages I believe two messages could be arround 1kb.

I may just have to try out IM and just keep close attention to my usage.
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djak, see my edit. The brain was thinking 'instant' and the fingers typed 'text.'. But you are right. You'll just have to keep an eye on things.
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Is there a number like that for getting the daya balance with rogers ?
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Is there a number like that for getting the daya balance with rogers ?
Not that I know of, but then again, with Rogers you can use MiniMoni.
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Hi, also on Bell. Can't answer you about IM because like you am afraid to go over my limit, but I have a neat way to monitor.

Text to 82273. Just a empty message. You will get a message back from bell asking what you want to know. Reply B and send this. In a couple of seconds you will get your voice and data (two separate messages) usuage in all but the last two hours. You will also get another message telling you you are getting the wanted messages. I love it, it tells me when to cool it, when I am close to my turnover date for a new month.
AWESOME!

thanks for this!
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i am on rogers. the problem is that minimon does not work with OS4.5 yet. it was a good apps just waiting for the update
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i am on rogers. the problem is that minimon does not work with OS4.5 yet. it was a good apps just waiting for the update
Mine works with OS 4.5.
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