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    Default Does Skype use a lot of data on 3G?

    Just wanted to know if Skype uses a lot of data if it's through 3G and not Wi-Fi. Also does anyone know how to disable internet on the iphone with 3 Mobile? I've gone through Settings --> General --> Network --> Enable 3G (Off) and also Wi-Fi off as well and I'm still able to surf the net. Is there something else that I must disable?
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    Skype have a support answer on their site about data usage here. That's a lot more efficient than I thought it would be...

    The 'Enable 3G' setting only enables/disables 3G so you were probably still able to browse with (slow) EDGE or GPRS.

    I'm assuming you're using Skype over 3G on a jailbroken iPhone? If it is jailbroken, you can download FakeAPN in Cydia which adds an SBSettings toggle that when enabled puts fake internet username and password settings on your iPhone so that data can't be used.

    If you haven't used SBSettings before, you just swipe along the status bar at the top of the screen to activate it. It also lets you quickly toggle wifi, bluetooth, brightness, etc.

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    If you really don't want data access on your phone, call your carrier (in this case 3) and ask them to bar it.

    That being said, I really have to question why you bought a mobile data-intensive device if you don't want to use mobile data? Even still, 3's data plans are among the cheapest in the market?

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    I wanted to disabled 3G because Skype would not let me make calls over 3G and must use Wi-Fi. Then I found out there is a way to bypass that by using a application called VoIPover3G which seemed to have solved the problem. That was the only reason why I wanted to disable 3G.

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    Bloody hell thanks for that LennyX that seemed to have answered my question. Geez so calls on Skype uses very minimal data. That is a relief.

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    Given the quality on some Skype calls I'm not surprised data use is relatively low... always seems like the line (yeah... packets I know) and sound quality is compressed to within an inch of its life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LennyX View Post
    Skype have a support answer on their site about data usage here. That's a lot more efficient than I thought it would be...
    That Skype Support Answer does not tally with my experience at all. I use Skype over 3G from time to time, and in my experience a single 30 minute call appears to use at least 10MB. That Skype answer is claiming that 20 mins a day for a month would use less than 1MB. I don't know how they calculated it, but I know that whenever I make a half hour 3G call, I see my recorded usage jump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laughingbird View Post
    That Skype Support Answer does not tally with my experience at all. I use Skype over 3G from time to time, and in my experience a single 30 minute call appears to use at least 10MB. That Skype answer is claiming that 20 mins a day for a month would use less than 1MB. I don't know how they calculated it, but I know that whenever I make a half hour 3G call, I see my recorded usage jump.
    It's actually a bit vague cos it says 20min, but it doesn't say whether that is every day or over the whole month...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmyeoh View Post
    It's actually a bit vague cos it says 20min, but it doesn't say whether that is every day or over the whole month...
    When I first read it I thought it was over the whole month but you're right, it could be interpreted either way.

    The Skype forums have a thread about 3G usage here (though it's pretty old) which seems to be about the same as what laughingbird is getting.

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    I chat regularly with my girlfriend via Skype and its bandwidth consumption -- whatever it is -- seems to be fairly minimal. We also find that, particularly where video is concerned, Skype is more stable and reliable than iChat.

    Just FYI...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaighNyne View Post
    We also find that, particularly where video is concerned, Skype is more stable and reliable than iChat.
    That's interesting actually. When I was in Singapore and Sweden recently I had much more success with stable, speedy video chat calling Australia with iChat. Which surprised me because I normally use Skype, and this was the first time I used iChat for video. I was really impressed with iChat and disappointed with Skype. Maybe Skype is better for chatting within the country you're calling, not internationally? Who knows - I bet everyone's experience is completely different.

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    Okay, I can be a bit more definitive now. I had a Skype over 3G call to make yesterday, so I went into settings first and zeroed all my data use statistics. I then made the call and immediately afterwards checked the data use stats again. The call was just over 13 minutes long. The data use was 2.5 MB sent and 2.3 MB received. That's 4.8 MB for the single 13 minute call, so even if that Skype Answer is supposed to be interpreted as one call a month, and not one a day for a month, the answer it gives does not tally with my experience at all.
    I'm not unhappy with it at all. I'd be surprised if it wasn't using a lot of data. I use it happily. I'm just questioning what looks like some misinformation.

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