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    hi,

    planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

    can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

    TIA

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    Don't underestimate how quickly 12GB are gone, especially if you use youtube.

    Do you currently have a smartphone like android, etc? It would be about the same speed. Good enough for surfing and email.
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    I using 12GB with iphone 3GS.

    Speed wise is still acceptable.

    I surf:
    1) about 2x a week on with iphone internet tethering
    2) every on iphone.

    So far have not use more that 12 GB.

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    iphone is still slower than normal broadband la...

    but if you do email, surfing, uploading of pictures and youtube... i guess if you aren't too picky it will be sufficient.. just a bit slow for me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Don't underestimate how quickly 12GB are gone, especially if you use youtube.

    Do you currently have a smartphone like android, etc? It would be about the same speed. Good enough for surfing and email.
    I use a HTC TD2 right now but I have not used the 3G data as it is not part of my plan.
    Actually I don't watch youtube so much. More I spent time uploading photos and videos for my daughter's blog

    BTW if both me and my wife will switch to iphone together so it is 2x 12GB

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    iphone is still slower than normal broadband la...

    but if you do email, surfing, uploading of pictures and youtube... i guess if you aren't too picky it will be sufficient.. just a bit slow for me..
    indeed expect iphone/ any smartphone will be lower than fixed line BB.

    I just dont feel like spending on fixed line BB then two mobile phone subscriptions.
    the meow tv thingy costs me about $60/mth and each phone at least $25/mth (as cost of plan without excess usage). That's > $100/mth already. 2x iphone4 plans is about the same (depends if I want to pay more for the hardware upfront or not) and I have the flexibility to surf anywhere (without paying another subscription for the stick).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorMcLeod View Post
    indeed expect iphone/ any smartphone will be lower than fixed line BB.

    I just dont feel like spending on fixed line BB then two mobile phone subscriptions.
    the meow tv thingy costs me about $60/mth and each phone at least $25/mth (as cost of plan without excess usage). That's > $100/mth already. 2x iphone4 plans is about the same (depends if I want to pay more for the hardware upfront or not) and I have the flexibility to surf anywhere (without paying another subscription for the stick).
    understand, it is hard to finish the 12gb also, actually.

    i always use about... 1-2gb?

    well, i definitely can't use iphone as modem, because i indulge in online gaming now and then... i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die.
    we are all sucked into this internet thing nowadays.
    feels very different without 'net or email access (not want to die but at least I'd say uncomfortable) .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorMcLeod View Post
    hi,

    planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

    can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

    TIA
    12GB is enough? Err... For me just casual surfing only. I think, if I started to do surfing, watch video, download ISO, easily exceed 12GB in 1 week. Haha...

    However, I don't really think is a good idea to replace your home network using a phone. I have a unlimited StarHub mobile broadband SIM and my mobile is SingTel with 12GB data plan, and I already KPKB about their speed. To be honest, before I own an Android, I did not aware the data coverage is not that good...

    Checkout the news regarding local speed problem. It was posted in CS also.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806844
    Last edited by lenrek; 17th December 2010 at 02:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenrek View Post
    12GB is enough? Err... For me just casual surfing only. I think, if I started to do surfing, watch video, download ISO, easily exceed 12GB in 1 week. Haha...

    However, I don't really think is a good idea to replace your home network using a phone. I have a unlimited StarHub mobile broadband SIM and my mobile is SingTel with 12GB data plan, and I already KPKB about their speed. To be honest, before I own an Android, I did not aware the data coverage is not that good...

    Checkout the news regarding local speed problem. It was posted in CS also.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806844
    thanks for the link.
    12GB enough or not, honestly I don't knokw since I never measured - is there a way with the fixed line BB, I'll do a search for such software later. but given I have net access at work for free, so only evening + weekend should not consume so much (my daughter drags me to play with her in the evening so I actually have limited time surfing on weekday evenings. weekend is household chores/shopping etc again limited time surfing). My main motivation for iphone4 data plan is to connect to trading site while i office :P and that's mostly text based stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorMcLeod View Post
    hi,

    planning to get iphone4 next year when my mio home + BB + mobile phone contract expire (they expire at the same time).

    can someone tell me what sort of bandwidth I can expect to get if I use iphone4 as modem to access internet? singtel's iphone 4 contract comes with 12BG data, in terms of GB there are enough for my usage - just email, surfing, some youtube and picture upload.

    TIA
    Speed wise, it is better than those your paid using a USB thing, think is 1.5mps vs 7.5mps (something like that) 12GB usually is enough but really depend on your usage.

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    just don't cross 12 gb else penalty will b hefty. As for speed jus did a speedtest at changi t2 3G , download average is about 1000 kb n upload is 100 Kb

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    when you use tethering, you will lose the internet connection if you receive a call
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    Quote Originally Posted by antacid View Post
    when you use tethering, you will lose the internet connection if you receive a call
    Oh? This is for iPhone? I don't remember having such problem when I was tethering using my Galaxy S. Long time ago, when I was using Nokia E71, I definitely able to tether and make/receive phone calls at the same time.

    EDIT: I just tried my Galaxy S, no problem with internet connection when make/receive calls. Maybe phone needs update?
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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    understand, it is hard to finish the 12gb also, actually.

    i always use about... 1-2gb?

    well, i definitely can't use iphone as modem, because i indulge in online gaming now and then... i did use the iphone as wireless before, when having internet problems... and i wanted to die.
    wa what games? we could had met before

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    Quote Originally Posted by antacid View Post
    when you use tethering, you will lose the internet connection if you receive a call
    Quote Originally Posted by lenrek View Post
    Oh? This is for iPhone? I don't remember having such problem when I was tethering using my Galaxy S. Long time ago, when I was using Nokia E71, I definitely able to tether and make/receive phone calls at the same time.

    EDIT: I just tried my Galaxy S, no problem with internet connection when make/receive calls. Maybe phone needs update?
    thanks guys. this is important (net + call simultaneously). I'll ask my friend to try on his ip4.

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    I use my iphone everyday for games and occasional email checking or facebook as most of the time i wait till i'm in front of the computer. In terms of usage I have difficulty even reaching 1GB of data usage. So 12 GB or not, it virtually unlimited for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorMcLeod View Post
    we are all sucked into this internet thing nowadays.
    feels very different without 'net or email access (not want to die but at least I'd say uncomfortable) .
    Ditto !

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