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Topic # 88379 15-Aug-2011 09:26
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I recently ditched Or**n for Snap, and so far so good.

When signing up I couldn't resist the $2 YouTube/Google addon, but I have now gotten to thinking about what this actually includes. Specifically:

  • Are videos embedded into other sites included, or do I need to follow the link and watch on youtube proper?
  • What about when I click on a link of a url-shortener such as (or other non-google shorteners)?

I assume this means all of my gmail, google docs and google searches are covered.
  • How about when I download attachments from gmail?
  • What about google+? (there would be a lot of embedded videos and images there as well, but not all from youtube)
  • Still on google+ : how about those video Hangouts? Are they covered?

Anything I might have overlooked?


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  Reply # 506586 15-Aug-2011 09:37
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When you hit a url, a tiny response back from the servers (not included) redirects your browser to a standard youtube site. From there on, it's as if you went straight to the youtube url in the first place. Not sure about the rest.

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  Reply # 506590 15-Aug-2011 09:40
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You have a pretty valid point there. I'll prod the guys to see if they can put some clearer details up.

Don't quote me on this, but from what I understand off the top of my head - it includes any content being served from googles data centers or the local google cache. Between those you'll have any gmail attachments and * sites, any youtube video embedded or not but probably not content on g+ which isn't directly uploaded to google.

As far as hangouts, probably not, its peer to peer video I believe. (probably, im just taking an uneducated guess here)

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  Reply # 522781 18-Sep-2011 22:22
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So for instance if I were to use Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Mars, Google Moon etc., would this be counted as "un-metered" ?

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  Reply # 526128 27-Sep-2011 11:20
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How about the upcoming youtube live stuff, when that rolls out to everyone if its included I will probably use it quite a bit.


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  Reply # 530298 6-Oct-2011 18:19
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Is it just port 80 (i.e. HTTP) or would gmail IMAP access be counted?

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  Reply # 530330 6-Oct-2011 19:30
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I would say anything that can be cached?

So any secured (SSL) connection would not be included. -Unless Snap/Akamai ( or another CDN) have Mirrored Google servers here in NZ.

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  Reply # 530331 6-Oct-2011 19:37
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So is email (via free, or not, when accessing over httpS ?

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  Reply # 530338 6-Oct-2011 19:51
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jjnz1: So any secured (SSL) connection would not be included. -Unless Snap/Akamai ( or another CDN) have Mirrored Google servers here in NZ.

I have seen Akamai servers that run over HTTPS. Take a look at Facebook for example ( Their certificate is issued by Akamai on the Akamai domain name.

phrozenpenguin: So is email (via free, or not, when accessing over httpS ?

The actual page I would say is free but apart from that any content could probably not be cached.

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  Reply # 532767 13-Oct-2011 11:34
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I was told by a CSR at Snap this morning that this add on covers all Youtube content and anything with a (and I would assume etc) in the URL. So gmail, google docs, google reader etc is all covered.

I wonder if this add on will stick around if/when GDrive finally comes out.

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  Reply # 533191 14-Oct-2011 07:58
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I would imagine only the *actual* content coming from a * URL would be free - i.e. using google reader, any feeds / images on feeds etc would come direct from the feed's website. So not be free.

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  Reply # 533240 14-Oct-2011 10:20
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Well, technically Google proxies the feed, but all the images would come from the original site, so not a lot of savings to be made.

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