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Skype Video Calls: iPhone AT&T Data Plans - Smashed In 1 Hour

December 30, 2021 | Tim Ollason

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Skype Video Calls: iPhone AT&T Data Plans – Smashed In 1 Hour

Following on from our earlier article on Skype’s recent update to allow video calling on the Apple iPhone, we have a bit of news for you about it. Whilst it’s a great addition to their app, AT&T will also be rubbing their grubby little hands together.

The Video Calling functionality will absolutely annihilate your data plan for the entire month in about 1 hour… We think that the man in the picture below has just realized this.

According to Chris Davies of, this is what happens for each minute of a call; the iPhone 4 sends 1.3MB and received 2.1MB of data. AT&T customers that have the iPhone 4 on a 200MB data plan will use all of that up. Once that is used up, it will then start on your allowance. Still if you want to know what it is like, head to the bottom of our article and see the demo videos.

Can Skype and AT&T’s network even cope with that much data passing across it? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. James says:

    Hey Tim,

    Thanks for the article. I do understand that it’s expensive over at&t plans; however, why not use wifi?? Besides the data transfer is understandable as the video quality is great and is about 15 frames per seconds.

    I am not a techie but I am quite satisfied with skype video calling as the video and the audio is far better than fring or yahoo. I hope skype update the software soon to support FaceTime like clarity…

    • Tim Ollason says:

      Thanks for reading James.

      I suppose the way that skype are going with this is that it will work over 3G where as Facetime is only on Wifi i believe. I plan to try out Skype calling and Facetime and do a comparison of Data Usage over the 2. It will be interesting to see if there is any difference between the 2. It will also be interesting to see the difference (if there is one) between data usage over the same period of time between data usage over 3G and WiFi

  2. Johnny says:

    What if I have an unlimited data plan? Is there a catch?

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