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iPhone Data Usage: My Average Monthly Data Usage

Here in the UK, mobile operators include different amounts of data with the iPhone data tarrifs – some even offer unlimited (with fair use making them not unlimited at all).  Check the terms very closely, to know exactly how much data is included with your tariff on a monthly basis.

I bought an iPhone 3GS just under a year ago (20th June 2009) and my data usage in that time has been just 908MB, sent and received.  That’s not much.  I do use WiFi when at home, though.

I have an Exchange push account (with quite a bit of mail flow), random other push apps, I use the browser quite a bit when out and about, I use the maps, and I send a fair few e-mails, often including pictures etc.  I’d say my use is fairly typical.

My average data use (none-WiFi data) a month is 75MB.  So, even if you doubled the use, it’s still only 150MB.  You could say you use data on your iPhone five times as much as me, and it’s still only 375MB a month!

The allowances are often quite high (for a phone) – I’d be surprised if you hit the limit (at time of this post) offered by the mobile companies, certainly in the UK, unless you’re tethering it and using it as a modem, or constantly streaming video such as YouTube etc.

What’s your data usage?  Let me know in comments below!

iPhone Data Usage
iPhone Data Usage

iPhone Apps Not Launching? Do they Open and then Close Instantly?

Have you been happily using all of your third party apps from the AppStore for ages, and then, one day, none of them load?

We’ve all had applications which seem to start loading then close instantly.. but what if they are all doing it?  The default Apple applications work fine, but your downloaded ones don’t.

I’ve seen this on a couple of iPhone’s now, and the standard “turn it off and on again” doesn’t seem to work, nor does doing a soft reset by holding the Home and Power button.  However, there is hope, and this has worked both times for me:

Go to the AppStore, download any application you want, free or paid for.  It doesn’t matter; I’ve downloaded whatever was first in the Top Free section on both occasions.  Let it download and install, and, once that is complete, you’ll probably find that all of your other apps start working too.

If this works, then awesome… if it doesn’t work, then, at least you’ve tried!  I tried this out of pure luck the first time, and it’s now worked twice for me.

If you come across this problem, and the above has worked for you, let me know in the comments below!

SSH Access Whilst on the Move (iPhone, iPod Touch)

If  like me you maintain servers and use Secure Shell (SSH) as the primary method of connecting to them, you’ll know the importance of being able to connect to those servers, no matter where you are, to either make changes, monitor them, or fix any problems.

If you have an iPhone, you can connect to those servers whilst on the move, using a great application called TouchTerm SSH (available in the AppStore).  The application works over the data connection (Edge/3G) or WiFi. TouchTerm also works with the iPod Touch, so if you have WiFi access, you can also connect to remote SSH servers using this application.

There are two versions of TouchTerm SSH – a standard version and a pro version.  I personally have the standard version as it does everything I need it to do, but you may find the Pro version more suited to what you need (Gestures and Text Completion are just two features of many only found in the Pro version.)

TouchTerm has some clever and well thought out features, such as the transparent keyboard which maximises the small screen usage – there’s not much space on the iPhone screen for a full console and keyboard, but with the keyboard being transparent, it’s pretty easy to use and still see what’s going on behind it. There’s also a very useful toolbar, which allows you to send important modifer keys allowing access to features such as “Ctrl-A (then c)” to detach a screen session.  The keys on the toolbar are: Ctrl, Alt, Tab, Esc, Ret, ^C (for quick Ctrl-C access!).

I’ve tested it with my servers, and it’s certainly very usable for quick admin tasks, when I’m not at a computer.  I’ve even found myself having a quick tail -f of apache logs whilst walking around the house to see if any traffic is hitting a site!

So, if you look after a box (or many boxen) with SSH access, and have an iPhone/iPod Touch, give TouchTerm a go – I think you’ll be suprised at how useful the application is.

Visit the TouchTerm SSH site for more information:  http://jbrink.net/touchterm/