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Q. I learned a lot from your post on data caps, but I’m very nervous about my data usage now. How am I supposed to know if I listen to Pandora for an hour whether I’m going to use up half of my data for the month? What about streaming a movie? Downloading a Kindle book to my phone? I’m not around Wi-Fi that much during the day so I need to know how much data I’m using. Can you help?
A. I have received a lot of questions from Wonder of Tech readers who have read Mind the Cap! and wonder how much data they are using. Even if you have unlimited data on your phone, you might encounter a data cap at a hotel or other place you are using Wi-Fi. As video calling becomes more available over 3G, you could be in real danger of going over your data caps with a long video call.
Verizon Wireless has a handy calculator to let you know how much data you will be using: Verizon Data Calculator You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to use this guide.
If you prefer to use AT&T’s data calculator, you can find it here: AT&T Data Calculator
Q. I hate typing on the iPhone! Moving the cursor around to edit drives me crazy. I usually end up deleting what I typed and then retyping the whole thing again. Do you have any ideas on how to make it work better for me?
A. Typing on the iPhone can be very frustrating, I completely agree. But there’s a handy tip that can make editing much easier. Move your finger to the text you want to edit. You don’t need to be exact. Touch the screen and hold it. You will see a magnifying glass (or loupe) appear that enlarges the text and shows you precisely where your cursor is. Move your finger around until you get the cursor exactly where you want it.
After you lift your finger, a prompt will appear giving you choices of “Select” or “Select All”. If you want to insert text, just start typing. If you want to delete text, press the Backspace key.
After you start using this feature you will find it much easier to edit your text.
Q. Our family is traveling to other countries this summer including some remote locations and I want to take my new Kindle with us. I got a 3G plus wifi Kindle but I’m not sure if I should download all my books before I leave or wait until I’m on my trip. What do you suggest?
A. Either way is fine. Your Kindle 3G gives you Internet access in most places around the world so if you discover a book you want to read when you’re away from home, you can download it wherever you are. If you want to load up your Kindle with books before you leave, you can do that as well.
To be sure you have 3G coverage for your Kindle on your travels, check out this link to a map to search for Kindle coverage around the globe: Kindle Coverage
This blog post by The EBook Reader gives a thorough explanation of using your Kindle in other countries: Amazon Kindle International
I find it easier to search for Kindle books from my computer than on my Kindle so you might want to do a combination of the two. Load some books onto your Kindle before you leave on your trip. Later, if you discover books you want to read while on your trip, download them then.
Have a great time on your trip!
Do you worry about data usage? Do you monitor how much data you use? Do you find typing on the iPhone challenging? Are you taking your Kindle on vacation with you? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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