Internet and network bandwidth is a concern for any networked device; however, with mobile devices and limited network resources, the need to limit network usage and conserve bandwidth is far greater.
With unlimited data plans on carrier networks all but gone, not only do we need to think about how network communication affects performance, we need to consider the effect of bandwidth usage on the pocket book of the end user.
Let's take a look at this simple example of how quickly application data can add up over a month of moderate usage.
100 kilobytes every 10 seconds for 45 minutes, every day for 30 days = 791 megabytes.
791 megabytes on a Wi-Fi connection doesn't sound so bad and in fact really isn't an issue at all. However, let's assume ...