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    sjhenderson
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    I have pay per use wireless internet express AT&T, it shows days that I used say 176 kb. What would have been done to have 176 kb data usage going out from my phone. AT&T says it is where I looked at 176 pages. What else could it be. Also does 1 kb equal 1 minute of time? Thanks.

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    Re: How does kb usage work

    A kilobyte is a unit for measuring the amount of data sent over a network. The billing system measures the amount of data sent and received and rounds it up to the next higher kilobyte value at the end of the session. You are not charged for the time connected but for the amount of data sent back and forth. So you will be billed for at least 1 kilobyte each time you connect. Some activities which could use data include checking email, downloading games or ringtones or connecting to the internet through the phone. At the pay per use rate each kilobyte sent or received costs $0.01. So a usage of 176 kilobytes would cost $1.76. Be advised that there is a two to four day delay in displaying data usage. Consequently your data usage might be even higher than what you see online. Review your phone usage to make sure that you are not doing things to use data by mistake. If these activities are unintentional, one could run up a hefty bill at the pay per use rate. Depending upon your phone model, some of these data sessions might have been initiated by the phone automatically. Some automatic activity could include checking email, checking stock prices, checking weather or checking sports scores.
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    Re: How does kb usage work

    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    A kilobyte is a unit for measuring the amount of data sent over a network. The billing system measures the amount of data sent and received and rounds it up to the next higher kilobyte value at the end of the session. You are not charged for the time connected but for the amount of data sent back and forth. So you will be billed for at least 1 kilobyte each time you connect. Some activities which could use data include checking email, downloading games or ringtones or connecting to the internet through the phone. At the pay per use rate each kilobyte sent or received costs $0.01. So a usage of 176 kilobytes would cost $1.76. Be advised that there is a two to four day delay in displaying data usage. Consequently your data usage might be even higher than what you see online. Review your phone usage to make sure that you are not doing things to use data by mistake. If these activities are intentionally, one could run up a hefty bill at the pay per use rate. Depending upon your phone model, some of these data sessions might have been initiated by the phone automatically. Some automatic activity could include checking email, checking stock prices, checking weather or checking sports scores.
    So if my bill showed 176kb data usage (out) for one connection would I have been looking at a web page or pages, if it was say downloading a game it would show as (in) would'nt it? Otherwise 176kb out means you are in sum surfing pages. How much would you have to look at to use 176kb and how long a time is that in minutes would you think. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: How does kb usage work

    Quote Originally Posted by sjhenderson View Post
    So if my bill showed 176kb data usage (out) for one connection would I have been looking at a web page or pages, if it was say downloading a game it would show as (in) would'nt it? Otherwise 176kb out means you are in sum surfing pages. How much would you have to look at to use 176kb and how long a time is that in minutes would you think. Thanks for your help.

    Sam Henderson
    Time is not a factor in how much you are charged. One hundred seventy-six kilobytes could be one web page, one email message or one ringtone. The faster the data connection, the shorter time it takes to send and receive data. The one hundred seventy-six kilobytes would cost the same no matter how long it took you to transfer it. By the way, the online records of data usage show "Sent" for all data regardless of the direction the data are traveling.
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    Re: How does kb usage work

    Yeah whoever told you that its 176 pages needs to be slapped! I can't believe someone with At&t would have said that. 176 kb really isnt enough to have done much at all you could have just gone to the weather or read a news article. If you went to 176 pages of internet your bill would be hundreds of dollars easily.
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    Re: How does kb usage work

    Hi, I could use your knowledge. Can you tell me what a 3,000 KBs mean? Is that watching a video or sending a huge files like also videos and pictures?

    Thank you!



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