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Old 06-13-2008, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of subscribing to the XM stream so when we go to the beach we can hook my bb to a stereo and play XM radio all day long.
This means playing music through my phone from 7A-midnight, sometimes later.
I will keep the phone plugged in so it will be essentially running on AC power.

Any reason this is bad for the phone?

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Old 06-13-2008, 03:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No problem with that as I can see.
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Thanks.
It may have seemed like a mundane question; but a question nonetheless. lol

Thanks again.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Blackberry at the beach??? Mmmmm.... I don't know if that is the best judgement call. Just keep it somewhere safe from sand and water/moisture.

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I see a potential problem.
Let's assume a 64kbps audio stream. (I'm guessing.)

7:00am - midnight = 15 hours.
15 hours = 61,200 seconds.
61,200 seconds x 64000 bps = 3916800000 total kilobits = 489600000 kilobytes

So, a 64k audio stream playing for that time would equal roughly 466MB of data.
That's a LOT of data to pushing over EDGE in a single consecutive stream and I wonder if AT&T would view this as "abusive" use of their network.

Networks have been known to cap bandwidth usage for various reasons.
If they look unfavorably on your usage... they may decide to pull the plug on ya.

Maybe not bad for your phone... but could be bad for your account.
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Wirelessly posted (my new touch button BB)

Let's not forget about power
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For the beach: This has been discussed here before. A good Otterbox case would be in order, for the best, and at least, put it in a zip lock bag to keep the sand and moisture away.
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I did the trial on XM. Was not impressed with the sound quality. It did stream well.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm sorry, but I meant to the beach in general, not the actual sandy beach. lol
We would take it with us when we went out on the beach (usually 5 hours). But most of the time it would be in our house or out on the deck.
I never thought about the overuse of the bandwidth. Wow!

Well, with this new insight maybe I will just use the music I downloaded.
With over 700 songs, I doubt I will get sick of the music too quickly.
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I see a potential problem.
Let's assume a 64kbps audio stream. (I'm guessing.)

7:00am - midnight = 15 hours.
15 hours = 61,200 seconds.
61,200 seconds x 64000 bps = 3916800000 total kilobits = 489600000 kilobytes

So, a 64k audio stream playing for that time would equal roughly 466MB of data.
That's a LOT of data to pushing over EDGE in a single consecutive stream and I wonder if AT&T would view this as "abusive" use of their network.

Networks have been known to cap bandwidth usage for various reasons.
If they look unfavorably on your usage... they may decide to pull the plug on ya.

Maybe not bad for your phone... but could be bad for your account.

7:00AM - Midnight is 17 hours, not 15. But you're right it is 61,200 s, so maybe it was a typo.

I doubt it'd be a network issue. They cap usage on Verizon @ 5GB/month. I think it's the overall usage per month, not the intensity of your usage (with other networks as well). I could be wrong, but I wouldn't worry about it. You'd be well within your right to ***** about it and have them apologize and immediately reconnect you. Otherwise, where would you draw the line? How much is too much? An hour of XM? 2 hours?
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The carrier reserves the right to determine what is abuse. they may view that as tethering instead, and will either limit bandwidth or term your data contract. It is unlikely with it happening once they will, but i get calls from AT&T all the time about my usage
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7:00AM - Midnight is 17 hours, not 15.
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I'm sorry, but I meant to the beach in general, not the actual sandy beach. lol
We would take it with us when we went out on the beach (usually 5 hours). But most of the time it would be in our house or out on the deck.
I never thought about the overuse of the bandwidth. Wow!
Beach? Deck? Sounds like a perfect HotSpot to me. How about WiFi?
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The OP has an 8310. No Wifi.
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The OP has an 8310. No Wifi.
Er, I knew that... just thought the OP liked a little fun.
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Why not just get an iPod shuffle or Nano?
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When I saw the thread title, I was thinking "over-use" in terms of addiction. ;)

If that were the case, my gf would say yes!
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When I saw the thread title, I was thinking "over-use" in terms of addiction. ;)

If that were the case, my gf would say yes!
i thought the same thing, and i thought i was going to see a whole page of "not possible"s
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