Testing The Rate Flat Monthly Mobile Vodafone with The HTC Magic

We continue what already started in our search for the most greedy smartphone. This time again the protagonist will be the HTC Magic but we change operator, we analyze performance and data consumption with the Vodafone monthly flat rate.

This rate has a monthly cost of 12 euros Excl. VAT and in the configuration of the Magic, with the APN of Vodafone Live! It promises us unlimited and without reductions in speed sailing.

And is that after our previous test seemed to us that the Magic It is a great Devourer of data, we want to make sure if is accurate a true Unlimited flat rate as the of Vodafone or we can “ do ” with other options a priori more cheap but including surcharge above the franchise or the connection speed descents.

For all the above do not think representing an average user, will try to consume as much as possible, take to the limit to see far reaches data consumption in these teams.

We will track of data consumed with the NetCounter app since the Magic does not come with built-in data counter. Would have liked to contrast with the registered consumption by Vodafone but unfortunately the operator does not include that information in your customer area known as My Vodafone, something that should be implemented.

What we do?. In terms of mail we have set one Gmail account in the native application of the Magic most other two IMAP accounts in the e-mail application. In addition an account of Exchange mail with the application RoadSync. The Exchange account is Monday to Friday push mode and synchronizing every four hours during weekends or weekdays at night. IMAP mail accounts are synchronized every hour.

Synchronization is configured in Calendar and contacts with Google’s web services. Other installed applications that influence data traffic are Google Maps, GTalk, NewsRob, a reader of feeds (123 subscriptions), Qik, to upload videos to the Internet and Facebook, Twitter client. Both NewsRob as Facebook they are configured to automatically synchronize every hour.

Nothing of FaceBook, nothing of Spotify, Let’s say that the profile is a mixture of use professional and private, in any case closer to a work and information in applications mobility profile say more playful

We conducted the test during a week using the Magic as our unique data device, without use of WiFi and at locations distributed across Spain, from the Centre of Madrid to rural outlying areas through medium-sized towns and displacements in the AVE Madrid-Barcelona.

General user experience

Phone as such already-talked long and tended, I personally am a big supporter of the physical keyboard but with this phone we can live without having clear limitations, also precisely the lack of keyboard makes it very handy and easy to carry in your shirt pocket, always at hand. Your operating system is Android in “ pure ”, no masks, no attachments to my I like and I do not miss Sense or issues like that, but hey, all these are opinions, we move on to the data.

Coverage and speed

Throughout the week of testing we used the 3G phone, occasionally lost the 3G signal and passed to GPRS but as mentioned before has been a trial of serious mobility and reaching areas with terrain more than difficult for management of mobile. In any case we have not found handling difficulties or problems attributable to the network. What is curious is that we have carried out various tests of speed with the application of Xtremelabs available in the Market and have never achieved speeds of descent to 1500 kbps down and 200 of ascent. If other users have done this test it would be interesting to comment their results since wonder no more conseguima speed. In any case as I say management has been always fluid.

Data consumption

Already in our previous test with another operator, many readers were surprised of data consumption. As we said at the beginning of the input we’ve tried that use was more intensively if possible and we have been in the environment of 100 MB of total traffic per day (including descent and ascent). This traffic has spread over 85% of downstream and 15% rise.


With everything that the conclusion seems obvious, we were not trying the phone that that already have been commissioned others but to see where consumption data are stretched. We seek to answer the question of whether we need one Flat rate truth or if what is said of “ moderate use ” could fix us with solutions limited in volume of data that once passed us penalize speed reductions or already not so advantageous prices. And unless a large consumption counter application failure, it is clear that the Flatrate Vodafone and the Magic they fit very well, be able to relax limits is a guarantee in this case.