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Captivate Data Use

Looking around the web for tips on using the Captivate, I came across a post on adroid forums about the amount of data someone's Captivate had sucked up over night.  Upon looking at my own account, I realized that in 2 days I had used as much data as I used to use on my 3GS over a whole month.  I recalled that I'd notice the 3G notification showing signs of use when I first unlocked the screen, and that the wi-fi symbol was off at that point to for a few moments, and realized that wi-fi was being disconnected when my phone wasn't in use and therefore my background notifications and applications were sucking data off of cellular data.  Has anyone else experienced this?

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I too have notice unusal data usage. I'm new to having data and opted for the smaller pkg (200mb a month) and I'm trying to keep a close eye on my usage but in three days I've used 24mb already and I do most of my downloading while connected on WiFi at home. Does the device use any of the data plan when you're connected to WiFi?

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i was told that when you are connected to Wifi, the data usage does not get effected.

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yeah I noticed this as well...used about 7mb in 1 day, which is not possible since I was at home the entire time I used my phone and was on wifi the whole time. Also why does at&t package bloatware that you cannot use with wifi and only 3G and also try capping data plans at the same time? greedy idts~!

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There is a setting where you force wi-fi to be on as long as the phone is plugged in. Enabling that might help with the programs that update at odd hours.

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Thank you TLN_Nick.  I checked that suggestion and found a new menu I hadn't seen before to allow wi-fi to never disengage (also has options for proxy, etc).  I went into settings -> wireless and network -> wi-fi settings -> tapped the menu button and selected advanced which has an option for wi-fi sleep policy that had been defaulted to sleep "when screen turns off".  Changed it to "never" (it also has the "never when plugged in option"), and hopefully this will eliminate this issue. 

 

I won't speculate as to why the default is "when screen turns off".  I also haven't found option to turn off cellular data, I read that option is coming in 2.2, but found a couple apps that help to accomplish that.  I used APNdroid overnight and it seemed to work, though the 3G icon took a while to come back to the notification bar (not sure how long it took to reestablish a 3G connection), and one called quick setting, which has volume, brightness (this screen is BRIGHT!), and toggles various radios on the phone.

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thanks for the tip on the wifi settings.

 

it makes sense to keep the wifi connected when you're around a wifi network, otherwise unless you were constantly using the phone your email would be coming in over 3g.

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, thanks for the tip.

New to Android - came from WinMo 6.5.

Loving this OS and this phone.

 

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Teacher

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speaking of data usage, anyone got an app that tracks data usage that's accurate?

 

I tried something called netcounter and it's saying i used 18MB of cellular data today but when i dial *data# it says i only used 1.8MB

 

it tracks wifi seperately.

 

unless the *data# isn't up to the minute and it only updates daily.

 

 

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I checked my data usage from ATT and it has not been updated with yesterday's usage; not sure when they update it.

 

I downloaded and am trying 3G Watchdog.  I want to check if ATT's usage is accurate because they claim I transferred a lot more data that I thought I did.  I just installed it last night so I have to get a few days worth to see how it compares with what ATT is saying.

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3G Watchdog tracks all data including incoming/outgoing MMS, which dont count against your data plan

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I downloaded a free app from the market - Network Monitor version 1.7.4.

It shows me how much data is transfered by WiFi and 3G. You hit a button that switches views between 3G and WiFi. You can also set an alarm so that when your data usage hits a certain amount, the app alerts you. I set an alarm under 3G to warn me at 185mb. I haven't had the alert go off as of yet - I just installed the app this past week. But it seems to work pretty well at showing how much data has gone back and forth.

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Thanks for starting this thread.  I was having the same problem with 3G sucking up data when phone was asleep.  Another similar problem I am still having is that I am also seeing BOTH icons for wifi and 3G, which technically, should only show one of these at a time.  I can't figure out what's causing it yet.  I used speedtest app to confirm that I was using wifi and not 3G, but it is still annoying wondering if I am sometimes using 3G data without knowing.

 

Anyone else seeing both icons on the top of the screen as well?

 

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Captivate - Android 2.1!

iPhone 3GS (RIP)

 

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Normally, if you turn on wifi, 3G will be off. But if you have some app actively using the 3G connection at that time, the phone will not turn 3G off automatically. So, you will have to find out which app is using the 3G connection at the time and shut it down.

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If you want to stop your phone from eating up bandwidth when its sitting there idle then go under Accounts and sync and uncheck Background data, of course this is a small amount that its using, but its nice to know your data plan isn't active when your not actually using the phone, I would imagine most people need this on but it is nice to know you can shut it off. Also, as a side effect to this, when you go into the Android market you will be asked to turn Background data back on, seems you can't browse without it... But you can go back and turn it off after.

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