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sfzidane 07-23-2007 07:17 PM

BB Email Data Usage
 
I am going to work and stay in Hong Kong for a while, if I cannot use my current BB Pearl in Hong Kong, I will get one there.

However, I just find that there is no unlimited plan from the carriers in Hong Kong, so far, the best deal is like around 40 US dollars for 600 minutes voice and 10MB email data. I think 600 minutes of voice is enough for me but I just have no idea how many email I can get with 10MB email data, do anyone have an idea about the email data volume, I usually get 50 to 100 emails a day, of course, I seldoms download the attachement on the BB.

jeremyckitching 07-23-2007 08:36 PM

Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8700/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

If it is just e-mails I think you will be fine, as e-mails don't really take up that much space. But things like web browsing, or using Google Maps, that can blow through that 10MB quickly.

alphasports 07-23-2007 08:37 PM

You have to figure that the average 1-page text-only email including headers is approx 20-30kb, so using your max of 100/day (200-300kb), you'd burn through your 10 Mb in about 10-12 days, conservatively maybe 15-20 days at most. That still leaves you with 10 days or more where they will no doubt hit you pretty hard with overage charges.

alphasports 07-23-2007 08:40 PM

Why no one has come up with a BB data-logger utility to monitor data usage is beyond me; the Nokia, Palm & Windows platforms all have numerous aftermarket apps that perform this extremely useful task, even if it's only approximate.

penguin3107 07-23-2007 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alphasports (Post 610555)
You have to figure that the average 1-page text-only email including headers is approx 20-30kb, so using your max of 100/day (200-300kb), you'd burn through your 10 Mb in about 10-12 days, conservatively maybe 15-20 days at most. That still leaves you with 10 days or more where they will no doubt hit you pretty hard with overage charges.

20-30kb per message? Not even close.
BlackBerry (BIS and BES) uses heavy compression which makes e-mail messages very very small. Your average email messages is typically around 1kb or less.

10MB for email only will last a very long time, even with a fair amount of attachments.

x14 07-23-2007 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 610563)
20-30kb per message? Not even close.
BlackBerry (BIS and BES) uses heavy compression which makes e-mail messages very very small. Your average email messages is typically around 1kb or less.

10MB for email only will last a very long time, even with a fair amount of attachments.

+1.

Aroc 07-23-2007 10:45 PM

most of my bes users do 50-150 messages a day and use about 3-4MB monthly. 10MB is a lot if you're just emailing, IME.

sfzidane 07-23-2007 11:45 PM

Many Thanks.

takeshi 07-24-2007 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alphasports (Post 610560)
Why no one has come up with a BB data-logger utility to monitor data usage is beyond me; the Nokia, Palm & Windows platforms all have numerous aftermarket apps that perform this extremely useful task, even if it's only approximate.

I guess most people here are in the US with unlimited data plans. At&t customers can find this online in their OLAM.

hchai 07-24-2007 06:03 PM

You can also check your data usage through my-tmobile. Read your statements and it's right there, after all the off-peak and tmo-tmo minutes :)

alphasports 07-24-2007 06:07 PM

I'm on Rogers, and they have a link to "internet usage" online, but of course it never actually works...!

he1neken 07-24-2007 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alphasports (Post 611760)
I'm on Rogers, and they have a link to "internet usage" online, but of course it never actually works...!

I think that's for the residential Rogers Hi-Speed service, not mobile. It is always broken, but when it did work it was only for the residential Internet service not wireless. I don't think Rogers has ever provided data usage other than the monthly bill, IIRC. I had even called in to see how close I was, and they said they had no way to check. Just like Rogers to keep you in the dark and surprise you at the end of the month. I've been getting very close to my 25MB since I got my Curve and have no way to tell until I see my bill.


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