Always on - always nice - always expensive? How much traffic generates the MSN Messenger on the Pocket PC via GPRS?
I've tested it today and connected my Pocket PC with my GPRS network. For the Messenger account I've used an test-account which I have but isn't included in any buddy-lists. So I prevented to get any status messages of logged-in buddies but just the plain MSN Messenger Service connectivity.
For the traffic monitor I've used PDAwin's Network Monitor which gave me a good overview of the up- and downloads and here are the results:
MSN Messenger through GPRS needs near no bandwidth. Messenger only send and received a kind of Ping every 3 to 5 minutes:
Even the fresh login to Messenger, right after the Pocket PC connected to the GPRS network was not countable for the Network Monitor:
The only deflection I've noticed was when I've sent "1234567890" ten times in a row to the Pocket PC but even this wasn't really countable on the Pocket PC:
After more than 4 hours of connection I had 0.01 MB of received data on my counter only:
This shows you that you can use MSN Messenger on your Pocket PC also through GPRS and use it as a kind of least-line access. This is also confirmed by my monthly bills. I've used MSN Messenger in the past quite often for more than 4 hours and didn't recognize any deflections on my bills.
That's pretty cool, the only question I have now is which Pocket PC can run several hours, connected to a GPRS network?
Cheers ~ Arne