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It was previously 20MB

Windows Phone 7 and 8 users can now download files up to 50MB, which is more than double the previous cap.

Microsoft had previously implemented a data cap of 20MB for over-the-air downloads of games and apps on a cellular connection. This applied to both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 users.

However, it looks like the company quietly increased that cap to 50MB. It's unclear when this happened exactly, but those with Windows Phone 7 or 8 can now download larger files over their cellular network.

Last month, Google said it wouldn't develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 because of a lack of demand. More specifically, it won't develop Gmail or Drive dedicated apps.

Source: Windows Phone Central



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What's the point of this?
By Egglick on 1/22/2013 8:53:56 AM , Rating: 3
I've had a WP8 for a couple weeks, and had no idea such a thing even existed. What would be Microsoft's motivation to cap downloads? Why would they care?

I'm more curious than irritated.




RE: What's the point of this?
By Zuul on 1/22/2013 10:37:32 AM , Rating: 5
I think these are just the updates/apps that say "must connect to wifi to download". If that's the case, I imagine it's to prevent people from chewing up their monthly data usage.

Would prefer a "This file is X MB - are you sure you want to download over the air?" or something like that. I've found a few times I'm in a location where I can't get to wifi and will just download it, and other times where I'm near free wifi and would prefer to use it.


RE: What's the point of this?
By theapparition on 1/22/2013 10:46:58 AM , Rating: 2
This was actually to protect users.

This isn't a download cap, but a cap on how big of an application you can download over a cellular network before it requires you to use Wifi to download that same application.

In other words, if you try to download Angry Birds and it was 20.1MB, it would previously require that you were on a WiFi network to download vs allowing you to download over the cellular connection. Now the cap has moved to 50MB.

The limits were put there to help prevent people from going over data usage limits as well as limiting the bandwidth required for cellular connections. Imagine an update goes live and everyone on the network suddenly decides they want to upgrade their 300MB app. It would cause network disruption, of which avoiding that is the primary goal of all providers.


RE: What's the point of this?
By titanmiller on 1/22/2013 8:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in favor of no limit because then it forces cellular providers to upgrade their networks to meet demand. I'd rather have a slow connection for a few years if it means we will get faster speeds in the future.


RE: What's the point of this?
By Alexvrb on 1/23/2013 12:27:44 AM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of El Tee E? They are upgrading their networks. The problem is that it is very costly to do so over a large nation where more and more people are getting data-hungry smartphones. There's only so much bandwidth to go around.

Regardless, I'd be OK with a stern warning about data usage and long download times before allowing you to proceed.


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