That bears out what I see when I'm in a city area, which isn't so often these days. Just using my iPhone 3GS sans tethering I'm averaging between 2-5 gigs a month. Last month, however, I had to do everything from the phone (including download of software updates, *and* the iOS 4 firmware)... from the iPhone:
Filer.app (formerly Downloader) & 'Downloads.app' are your friend(s).
THANK YOU. I knew that I smelled bullshit.
I live (mostly) out in the country away from the madding WiFi crowd. Can you guess how much 3G guys like me are sucking up? It's not 500 meg. Try 20x that. And *not* tethering. At all:
Lies, damn statistics and all that.
Of *course* they're not 'testers'. Guys like *you* are the real testers, right? And of course the company always hires enough development, right? Beta testers should give your QA team data points to shore up your test cases and scripts in the plan, they ARE NOT substitute or 'free' QA.
'Beta-Testers' are for edge cases, data points and
Because 'real life' is where your baby is going to be USED and not TESTED. Testing = Practice. Testing != Real Life, unless you have a VERY good SQA Manager who understands the customer experience.
Yes I know that you're specifying 'best testing practices' but it's those 'practices' as well as excessive reliance on automation that have companies like MSFT consistently producing buggy POS software.
I'm in a beta program right now, on the 'other side' as a beta tester after a LONG TIME as a tester. Yeah, I remember the litany, 'please use in your everyday workflow on a 'non production' machine. Nobody has time for that, 'outside'. Just like they don't have time to RTFM, do real net sec, or 'conform to a test case. And they certainly don't have the resources to set aside a production machine for 'dedicated testing'.
If you don't have enough edge, negative, or fuzz cases or make your software resilient enough to perform in those worst case, but all to common scenarios, then your baby needs to stay in the lab.
Opt-in spammers collecting from no-opt spammers. Kind of like that whole programs hacking programs thing from the Matrix.
The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold