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Cost to be online?


Fred Hillhouse
 

Greetings,


Currently on my phones (all in family) the internet connection has been disabled. This has been doen to eliminate costs involved with general run-of-the-mill stuff like surfing, downloading songs, etc.

I am curious if anyone knows the cost breakdown for running this software. Obvious the cost varies, so I guess I am really looking for how much data is passed/received per month.

Thanks!


Best regards,
Fred


Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

Fred,

There is no way I can give you any idea on the data passed per month, week, day, or even hour. It all depends on the APRS activity in your specified range as well as your specific configuration for beaconing.

I highly recommend that anyone running this program have an UNLIMITED data plan on your phone. There are so many variables in the APRS-IS feed that you could very quickly rack up a bill that would astound you.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ

PS. Be especially cautious of "disabled" data connections. AT&T in particular likes to switch you back to a "pay as you go" plan which can seriously put a dent in your wallet.

For instance, here's my current detail with APRSISCE running 24x7 with a 70 mile range configured from KJ4ERJ-12 coordinates:

07/29 04:35 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 16KB
07/28 10:03 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 3KB
07/28 05:17 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 542KB
07/28 05:09 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 31KB
07/28 05:04 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 2KB
07/28 12:10 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 50KB
07/27 02:58 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 162KB
07/26 11:28 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 462KB
07/26 11:18 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 23KB
07/26 05:41 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 706KB
07/26 05:21 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 31KB
07/26 03:23 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 33KB
07/26 12:07 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 2954KB
07/26 11:34 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 3568KB
07/26 11:26 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 4KB
07/26 11:23 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 3KB
07/26 10:28 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 173KB
07/25 04:22 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 507KB
07/25 12:12 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 47KB
07/25 12:01 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 2KB
07/25 08:56 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 72KB
07/24 09:02 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 1622KB
07/24 12:31 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 517KB
07/24 12:19 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 6KB
07/24 12:10 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 36KB
07/23 08:34 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 63KB
07/23 08:21 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 8KB
07/23 06:54 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 10KB
07/23 02:40 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 583KB
07/22 03:36 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 1118KB
07/22 02:56 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 1352KB
07/22 12:56 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 200KB
07/21 10:46 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 1570KB
07/21 03:53 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 531KB
07/20 12:25 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 1017KB
07/20 02:34 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 882KB
07/19 06:34 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 805KB
07/19 01:16 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 62KB
07/19 09:19 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 245KB
07/18 11:11 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 3139KB
07/18 11:07 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 13KB
07/18 10:35 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 117KB
07/18 02:37 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 852KB
07/17 06:07 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 961KB
07/17 06:00 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 15KB
07/17 01:21 PM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 70KB
07/17 11:16 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 74KB
07/17 08:26 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 308KB
07/17 08:07 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 3KB
07/17 02:34 AM wap.cingular <JavaScript:openPAB('wap.cingular')> Internet/MEdia Net Sent 383KB





Broncus wrote:


Greetings,

Currently on my phones (all in family) the internet connection has been disabled. This has been doen to eliminate costs involved with general run-of-the-mill stuff like surfing, downloading songs, etc.

I am curious if anyone knows the cost breakdown for running this software. Obvious the cost varies, so I guess I am really looking for how much data is passed/received per month.

Thanks!

Best regards,
Fred


Fred Hillhouse
 

Thanks Lynn!

I figured the area usage really makes it somewhat unknown. The data you
appended is quite useful anyway.

The unlimited plans that come with certain phones makes sense. I don't have
one of those phones yet. I can't even run your software yet but am looking
at possibilities at the moment. One never knows what the future is.

BTW, what phone are you using currently? Actually, I am wondering what
phones others are using as well. Now that I think about it a little anyway,
maybe it is not a phone. Either way, what are you using?

Thanks!

Best regards,
Fred


"There is no way I can give you any idea on the data passed per month, week,
day, or even hour. It all depends on the APRS activity in your specified
range as well as your specific configuration for beaconing.

I highly recommend that anyone running this program have an UNLIMITED data
plan on your phone. There are so many variables in the APRS-IS feed that you
could very quickly rack up a bill that would astound you.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ

PS. Be especially cautious of "disabled" data connections. AT&T in
particular likes to switch you back to a "pay as you go" plan which can
seriously put a dent in your wallet."


Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

Fred Hillhouse wrote:
BTW, what phone are you using currently? Actually, I am wondering what
phones others are using as well. Now that I think about it a little
anyway,
maybe it is not a phone. Either way, what are you using?
I personally use an AT&T Tilt Windows Mobile 6 phone. I've got a
windshield mount and mini-USB power for it in the car along with a
portable LioN battery set with 5v regulator for when I go out
geocaching. With the phone's GPS and data connection active, I get
about 2 hours on a full charge. Drop the GPS but keep the data and I
can get about 6 hours. With the two LioN cells regulated, I can run
about 6-8 hours with full GPS and data.

The worst thing I've done to it yet is hook up a 12v lead acid battery
with 5v regulator and ran the phone, data connection, GPS, WiFi, along
with APRSISCE and Navizon for 10 straight hours on a road trip to/from
Atlanta and Clemson University (two separate trips). The phone requires
cooling if you ask it to do that much for that long with the radios
always active!

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ