FaceTime data usage | iLounge Article


FaceTime data usage

Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

Q: When using FaceTime on a fourth-generation iPod touch how much data are we looking at if we have to pay for the Internet usage? For example, how much would 5 minutes or an hour of FaceTime cost in terms of Internet data?

- Molly

A: FaceTime uses approximately 3MB per minute. This means that a 5 minute call would use approximately 15MB of data, and a one hour call would use approximately 180MB of data.

While the amount of data used by FaceTime may be a concern for cellular data packages—a likely reason FaceTime can only be used over Wi-Fi right now—this shouldn’t be an issue for most home or office broadband connections, where data limits are normally measured in gigabytes rather than megabytes. For example, if you had a data cap of 10GB per month, that would equate to over 50 hours of FaceTime calling before you would get anywhere near your monthly data allowance.

« Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 4.2

Gifting Apps »

Related Stories

iLounge Weekly

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy