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Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

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Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

There is a discussion over on the Exede board where the claim is that streaming a movie through the Exede connection uses 6X more data than streaming a movie through the Verizon (cell phone) connection.  I'm curious to what people (including the employees here) have to say about this topic.  I would like to assume that if I have my computer connected to Exede (or Hughes) and watch a video it would use similar amounts of data as streaming it if I set up the hot spot on my cell phone and connect the EXACT same computer to the Verizon network and watch the movie from the exact same source with the same settings.  Any input?  
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Jacqueline, the overhead (housekeeping) data is different but normally does not count in either cell or satellite service and is very small percentage anyway. Data is data no matter what the system is and a 2MB file will be 2MB download no matter what.
I think what they may be seeing is the difference in compression of the video itself. If the person is watching SD or HD on satellite it is going to use more data than a video compressed for a mobile data network. Don't think it will be 6 times different though.
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Hi Jacqueline,

Thanks for posting this interesting topic. I agree with sgoshe, data will be the same no matter how it's downloaded, and as he mentioned before, overhead data may vary, but we will not count that against you. I'm curious as to whether there is evidence supporting that "6X more data" claim. 

Thanks,
Liz
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

I don't know about the 6x but doesn't Hughes count upload and download usage whereas cell providers only count download? I could be wrong but I saw that comparison somewhere. I will look into it to validate it or at least try to post a link here for you to read yourself.  Also it seems to me that I use a lot less cellular data than I do through Hughes on some types of downloads, specifically cell phone games and updates seem to meet the criteria that I speak of. Does that hold any reasoning? I know my niece and nephew have never run me over my cellular data plan but they tend to eat at my Hughes plan pretty heavy when I let them do the same activities through it. Both are 10gb excluding bonus time on Hughes. Its very possibly coincidence but I'm not so sure.
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Also if satellite has to resend data multiples of times because of an error in packet loss or otherwise it constantly recounts that data against your plan, as some people have pointed out about Hughes' speed test page using a lot of data to just bring it up when they are having issues.
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

This is the statement made on the other board causing the confusion: 

 Using your Exede service for YouTube, for example, will use say 6MB/minute whereas using your Verizon internet will use 1MB/minute. (Just figurative estimates). Same application, same streaming time, but different usage amounts.

If Liz, or anyone else can explain what is meant by this?  Or perhaps it isn't stated the way it is really meant, sometimes words can come out wrong.  
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Thanks. That is exactly how I would expect it to be so I'm very perplexed at why we have this statement about 6X as much so this is why I wondered what people over here thought about it.  That compression is probably what they are talking about but.
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Not sure about upload vrs download but it does seem that cell phone data goes slower sometimes but not sure if it really does or if it just seems that way.
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Jacqueline the only way you would see a data difference is if you watch the you tube video on the satellite then compare it to watching the same video on a cell phone then you would see a 6X difference but if you were to use a cell phone over a wifi connection on a satellite  then the data rate would be exactly the same, I just tried it with my cell phone first on AT&T then over my wifi connected to my Gen4 and the data consumption was exactly the same but when I used the computer it did use roughly 6X more data because of the device
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Being I have a Verizon LTE  service Hughesnet and Dishnet a 2GB download can be cut some using SD but anyway you want look at it 2gb is 2gb where it is Verizon , Hughes , Crapexcide DSL or any other download and cell phone downloads are slower go to testmy.net with your cell and see .

I use a Dishnet sling load system and dish anywhere I access my Hughes via my Cell to watch live tv , recorded DVR and certain times a day I get a lot of buffin from my cell service if I using cell data if I am a wifi  or a hot spot then I get smooth streaming .