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how much internet surfing time does the $20 1GB monthly plan allow

This is a discussion on how much internet surfing time does the $20 1GB monthly plan allow within the Motorola Xoom Help forums, part of the Motorola Xoom Support Forum category; This is where your results may vary really comes into play. I don't do a lot of web surfing to begin with outside of lurking ...

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    This is where your results may vary really comes into play. I don't do a lot of web surfing to begin with outside of lurking this forum and a little of experts-exchange. I do however use Pulse and the USA Today apps a whole lot to get my news. I think that Pulse (or any other RSS reader) is cutting down a lot with the initial text-only rendering for most of the news sites I read. I have a feeling that Flash is going to start chewing a ton of bandwidth and people may not realize this. I plan on turning Flash off by default and only enabling it when I need it. Oh how I miss the days of w3m and lynx browsing ... I don't allow my apps and widgets to auto-update unless I'm on WiFi. To be honest I think the only widget I have on my home page that gets updates is Accuweather. I'm a minimalist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocean1 View Post
    That's a tough question because its not only surfing... see depending on the widgets and mail stuff like that it will use your quota. If you plan on having widgets such as weather, news, twitter, face book etc that connect to the web you will be suprised how quickly your limit is reached. To help with this turn the airplane mode on whenever you can. Surfing the web doesn't take much however, sites with videos pictures and soon flash will burn through that gig quick. Watching youtube would be dangerous. I would add ten dollars a month and go with a minimum 3 gigs. The price for going over is too high. Android checks for updates for many things including apps be careful. Airplane mode is your friend!
    This is exactly what I do. The Airplane mode widget on the market makes an excellent shutdown for the 3g and wifi. If you look through your settings, you can set up to where it sticks to your household/coffeeshop etc.. wifi as a preference. I set mine up to where it only goes 3g if I tell it to, saves my data. If you need help with that PM me and I'll walk ya through it.

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    I just spent a week on vacation with no wifi access. I used the xoom to monitor email, read local news on the web, CNN and USA today plus this forum and used 400mb of my 1g allowance. If you are not going to have regular access to wifi then you will need more capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid911 View Post
    I just spent a week on vacation with no wifi access. I used the xoom to monitor email, read local news on the web, CNN and USA today plus this forum and used 400mb of my 1g allowance. If you are not going to have regular access to wifi then you will need more capacity.

    This.

    1gb is fine when you are going to use it generally with wifi and occasionally with 3g. If you plan to mostly or solely use 3g then 1gb WILL NOT be enough.

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    I signed up for the basic plan, knowing that on normal days I'd be using wifi at home. However, the plan scales linearly so we're really only talking about finding your sweet spot and buying in bulk only if you have to. Use the toy/tool as you want and dial the plan after you get a couple months of usage data. The difference is about what you'd spend for a couple Starbucks runs, so IMO, you would be well served to avoid over thinking this. Its easy to get caught up in the numbers and forget what they are worth. You probably have more important things in your life to worry about.


 

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