China Unicom lifts 3G app download cap, users cry foul


China Unicom has completely lifted the 50MB—formerly 20MB—limit on app downloads over its 3G network, leading some users to question its intentions. Citing Chinese-language Sina Tech, M.I.C. Gadget reports that China Unicom issued a statement on the matter, saying, “After getting feedback from Apple, this [50MB limit for 3G] issue is resolved, and our Chinese account holders can now download apps [over 3G] with no file size limit. If you still have a problem, please restart your iPhone and try it again.” The Sina Tech reporter tested the new policy and was able to download a 103MB game over a 3G connection without receiving any type of warning. The customers concerned over the change claim that they may now easily exceed their data plan limits without meaning to, making the new policy more of a trap than a benefit.

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Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.