Facetime Bandwidth Consumption? Find out how much data Facetime Over 3G Uses


With Facetime over 3G a reality with the aid of JailbreakME jailbreak tool, now we shift our focus on Facetime bandwidth consumption. How much data does Facetime app over 3G actually uses?

Bandwidth Usage: Facetime over Wi-Fi and Facetime over 3G

Here’s the pic posted by Andrew on Flickr — 29 minutes of facetime video calling over TMobile via Novatel MiFi wireless hotspot — and the data transfer breakdowns to approximately 1.5MB per minute.

facetime_Bandwidth

The data usage further rises up after implementing Facetime video call over 3G. Tested by 9to5Mac, here is the screenshot of data sent with a 5 minute Facetime video calling over 3G.

facetime_data_use

So that’s pretty much it. Although Facetime over 3G consumes more bandwidth than Wi-FI, but its an acceptable usage especially if you’re on the At&T’s 2GB plan.

  • Sam

    the 9to5Mac screenshot doesn’t include the “Before 3G FaceTime Call” which wasn’t at zero. They actually found it takes up about 3MB/minute (see http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/08/how-much-data-does-a-3g-facetime-call-use/)

    So assuming 3MB/minute over 3g, a 2GB will actually fetch you more like 136 five-minute FaceTime Calls, not 13.

    [The Maths]

    2GB = 2048MB

    2048MB / (5*3MB) =136.5 five-minute calls

  • Kazdagi

    So what, about 13 five minute calls is about the limit on a 2Gig plan?

    Kazdagi

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