Are the attachments treated as part of the data allowance or separate?
(I don't have an iphone yet - and have never experienced downloading email on a cellphone - but I am weighing up some options)
belinda: Are the attachments treated as part of the data allowance or separate?
If they are downloaded through the Vodafone's mobile network they will be counted - anything actually that goes through the their network regardless of content or type will be counted.
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cokemaster: From a windows mobile and blackberry perspective, push email (including contact/calender over the air sync) does not use a lot of data.
But it all comes down to your sync preferences and how much kb of a message you want to push out. You'll want to see if the iphone has any settings for that.
I haven't used a Iphone myself, I'd say that the plans that vodafone provide are sufficient for push email. You may need to adjust how much of a message you initially pull down, including the attachments as this will use the most data if set too high. On windows mobile, I've used somewhere around 5-20kb so that you can read most of the message
On windows mobile, I found that 200mb was generally overkill for push email and rarely hit 100mb even with average browsing on it. On blackberry, the data usage was even lower and I found that for the first couple of months I used less than 15mb... thats increased as I use it more heavily on both the email and web front, but I'm still using only around 22mb a month (BES, 5 BIS accounts, the odd downloads, a lot of browsing, even did very light video streaming).
Don't Blackberry servers process the pages first before sending them down to your phone?