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Mobile Hotspot App - How does it impact my data usage??


If I am using my phone as a mobile hotspot to enable an internet connection for another device, am I increasing my data usage more quickly than if I were just to use the browser on my phone?

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To answer depends on which device, if you're talking an Android Tablet or an iPad or a Playbook, not really they use about the same amount of data as your phone would.

Now if we're talking a laptop or macbook, yup those will burn through data like paper and fire. In both scenarios streaming media like movies or a lot of YouTube video will also increase your consumption.
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Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where a lot of unintended usage will come from which makes the tethering seem more data intensive
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Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

When my home internet was down for a few days, I made sure that my PC had all automatic data transmission disabled before connecting to my hotspot for this reason.
Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

What about an Xbox 360
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Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

Thats the same as streaming media Paul so your xbox will burn through your data as well.
Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

If I'm using my Xbox for YouTube for like 30 minutes does that burn more than 1g?
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Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

It depends on the video quality, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

What would burn through data more would be any background processes on your xbox. Things like updates and what not.
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Dennis wrote:

Also note that the other device will probably have background apps updating, etc. This is where ...

Ya, considering a single game update on my One S is around ~45GB, that would be A NASTY data bill if I tethered, lol.
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Yes, because the data that is being used through the browser on your smartphone is optimized for the screen resolution for that particular device. When you share data with a laptop computer for example, there is nothing telling the laptop that it needs to compress or optimize data and screen resolutions on most laptops are typically higher than most smartphones. The added screen real estate, coupled with higher screen resolutions along with the lack of data compression/optimization, can contribute to higher than normal data usage.
rikkster wrote:

Yes, because the data that is being used through the browser on your smartphone is optimized for ...

This is the answer that was given me by my cell provider, more data is sent to a larger screen means extra data usage. I found your answer the most accurate.
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Yes, because the data that is being used through the browser on your smartphone is optimized for ...

Thank You! You answered my question Perfwctly! I had no idea what "background" even was! All I knew was that my 2-85MB game downloads used 3.45 GIGS in less than 2 hours! More than I normally use in a month!
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rikkster wrote:

Yes, because the data that is being used through the browser on your smartphone is optimized for ...

I would suggest turning off updating over data so you don't run into this problem again!
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Your phone will display things in a mobile format which simplifies things and usually doesn't have as many photos (if any) where your computer will give a desktop format which will give you the full website with pictures and extra flashy icons &.gif's with other data heavy things. If you usually use a desktop view on your phone when browsing the Web then no it won't use more data as it's the same amount of info being displayed. As far as more charges there is no charge from Koodo to tether (or a wifi hotspot) like a lot of other carriers charge it's straight data usage cost only.
what about using a laptop to connect to a desktop using a product like TeamViewer assuming all update turn off on the laptop using the hot spot created by the android phone. I don't have a data plan but my plan says $5 for 0 to 25MB $10 for 25 to 100MB $15 for 100 to 300 etc. is that per month totals of for each connection made, so connect for 5MD today next day same so billed for $10 or would it be Billed for $5?
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Larry S. Hall wrote:

what about using a laptop to connect to a desktop using a product like TeamViewer assuming all u...

Those data amounts are for the entire month. At those rates I'd strongly recommend you don't use the data with a laptop as it uses alot more data than a phone even for Web pages.
Larry S. Hall a minute ago what about using a laptop to connect to a desktop using a product like TeamViewer assuming all update turn off on the laptop using the hot spot created by the android phone. I don't have a data plan but my plan says $5 for 0 to 25MB $10 for 25 to 100MB $15 for 100 to 300 etc. is that per month totals of for each connection made, so connect for 5MD today next day same so billed for $10 or would it be Billed for $5?

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