Coffee break – EV-DO usage for 1.5 hours



With most wireless broadband plans capped at 5GB per month, we’re often asked how much data we use and how quickly we can bump up against that cap. Obviously, the amount of data used varies by each individual’s activities, but I wanted to share info from the last hour-and-a-half. I was on my way home from a memorial service but had to stop for a late lunch. Turns out there was a Starbucks right next door so I’ve been parked here for the last 90 minutes using my Verizon EV-DO plan on the MSI Wind.

I would consider these numbers to be around the low end of the spectrum. Activities included e-mail on the web for my two Gmail accounts, reading RSS feeds, writing a few posts and checking in on FriendFeed. The only "data intensive" activity I did was to download Google Chrome, which isn’t big by any means. Had I watched any videos or streamed audio while working, a very different picture would have been painted. Having said that, I used under 45 MB of data in the last 90 minutes in these conditions. Just a guideline for those that were curious or unsure about how much data you can use in a given amount of time.

I grabbed these numbers from my VZ Access software that comes with my modem. If you need a program to track your bandwidth usage or provide alerts as you near a cap, check out the free BitMeter2, a solution we recently highlighted for this purpose.


Kevin C. Tofel

Luscious, I split time at the home office with work on the road so the 5GB cap doesn’t come into play unless I use EV-DO for bunches of media.

James, although the AT&T plan includes access to AT&T WiFi hotspots, it’s not a good option for me. Coverage in my area is too spotty to be relied upon, so it’s not an option. AT&T can give me free WiFi for life, but if I can’t use the 3G service where I need to, it’s not a solution. for others that live or work in a good coverage area, it’s well worth consideration.


You have 39MB in 90 minutes, that means 100MB in 3.75 hours or 5GB in 190 hours of access or 40 hours/week roughly. If you download movies, OK, but for normal use, it seems reasonable.


Hey James, have you considered getting a ATT 3g aircard? Because with the aircard you have access to all ATT wifi hotspots for free with help off set the 5g cap (starbucks, mcdonalds, barnes and noble and airports). You also have the that benefit with home dsl or uverse.


James, have you ever hit the 5GB during the course of a month of use? Rough math tells me that would be about 170GB per day, or 6 hours if I go by your mileage.

I’d feel limited with only 6 hours of internet use per day if my job involved working online while on the move. What do you say?

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