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Sat, Oct 11, 2014 10:42 AM

Receiving data usage texts in the middle of the night / 2:00AM / Odd hours

How can I manage when these texts come in? I don't even want them at all.

Also why do they come in the middle of the night?
GeekBoy

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7 y ago


@Mull1234 wrote:
How can I manage when these texts come in? I don't even want them at all.

Also why do they come in the middle of the night?

If you are on a mobile share plan, then AT&T summarizes your cellular data usage every 3 hours.  It will report all usage that has completed within that last 3 hour window.  As someone else stated earlier, if you start watching a Netflix movie at 10:30pm and finish about 12:05am, then tat data would all be reported in the 3:00am roll-up since the stream closed during the midnight to 3:00am window.  If that amount of data happened to put you over the 65% of your data plan threshhold, AT&T will send you a text message warning you of this.  I believe they also warn about 90% and 95%, but I"m not sure about the last two.

 

Another thing to consider is that many newer smartphones have an undcoumented feature that the manufactures put in to "inflate the battery life claims" where they will turn off the wifi radio when the phone screen goes into the "deep sleep" mode.  If you happen to have any apps running at that time, they may still be accessign data, but now they will be using cellular data and not wifi any longer.  This means that if you left a game on the screen and put your phone down, any ads that game might be downloading to display on the screen will now download using cellular data all noght long, even though the screen is turned off and you aren't see those ads.

 

I don't remember if you can turn the text message alerts off or not.  If you can, you would do that therough the myATT app on your smartphone, or via the AT&T OLAM (On-Line Account Management) web page.  You would go into the data usage details screen and check the options there to see if you can enable/disable the text messages.

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7 y ago

Wow great info, thanks.

No luck with the online solution. I may have to break down & call AT&T to figure out how to silence alerts during sleep hours.
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