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Alright so I just got a new Galaxy S on a plan with 1gig data per month.

My question is regarding Skype. I just want to know how much data Skype will use if I only use it for sending IM's and no video calling.

Does it route other people's calls or otherwise use data when its simply in standby mode?
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I really doubt will use much data at all if you just im which means no voice or video calls.
No, phones are not used a supernodes(that is where the communications are routed through)
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Originally Posted by james_ant;14608760 
Alright so I just got a new Galaxy S on a plan with 1gig data per month.

My question is regarding Skype. I just want to know how much data Skype will use if I only use it for sending IM's and no video calling.

Does it route other people's calls or otherwise use data when its simply in standby mode?

1gb plan i wouldn't touch skype unless you are doing it over a wireless. I would just stick to texting or actually calling the person with a data plan that small.
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I have a 1Gb plan on my Android.

I use...

MSN Messenger,
Gmail,
Facebook,
I Tether daily,
I Skype with video,
and just surf the net.

I've never come close to my 1Gb limit.
    
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Depends on codec.
Something like G.729 uses ~24 kbit/s per call.

Therefore, an hour call would be:
24/8=3 KB/sec*60*60/1024=10.546875 MB/hour

Would take ~97.1 hours to use 1 GB.

Edit:
Oh, you said IM's.
Practically nothing, then.
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Edit, I just read the OP again. Haha.

1 hour of Skype Video Chat @ 384 kb/s = 169 MB

Around 5 hours or so with 1GB.
But assuming with newer phones having higher resolution and data xfer... I'd say less.

http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/846/63/
http://www.mobile-broadband-reviews.com/5-gb.html

Divide by 5.

I'm also trying to pull up my previous bills. Above mentioned they did all that with 1GB. They barely used it.

This is very light usage. I tip toed around. I never use my hotspot, only around the holidays... I hit around 6-7 GB a month then. Most of my data usage is on Wifi. I work 10am to 7:30pm 5 days a week. The days I have off and while at night, I'm home, on the comp or running around. I'm barely on my phone.



1.2GB from barely using it.
Edited by chrischoi - 8/17/11 at 9:24pm
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