This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38453730/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/

 

Read it and weep guys, our privacy is at risk and we're not even afforded the decency of being warned, and worse, this is most likely increasing our data usage, so we get to PAY to have our privacy invaded.

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Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

You can also turn off your data in the network settings when you don't want it used.
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Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

 


Chumnation wrote:
You can also turn off your data in the network settings when you don't want it used.

tried that also. as soon as i put it back on in the morning the usage on the iphone skyrockets. 

 

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Tutor

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

There is no ghost data or att doing anything wrong.  first night i left  my iphone 4 on 3g and left all the apps running in the background.   so yes alot of usage while i was asleep.  next night i made sure to turn off all apps in multitasking and kept it on 3g. guess what.  not a single mb more.  it certain apps that pull data.  kinda like the fetch option for youre email.  certain apps that run with an internet connection update themselves while multitasking.    i do think the 200mb plan is a rip off because unless you dont use this phone you will go over 200mb.  im at 1.8gb recieved after 2 days.  but i got my unlimited data plan still so let the mb roll  lol

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Mentor

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

One thing about the article thats not mentioned here is that its not just apple as suggested. Its android as well. And androids apps seem to be more susceptible.
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Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

AT&T explains late night data usage.

 

http://www.everythingicafe.com/att-explains-late-night-data-usage/2010/07/29/

 

 

"This is a routine update of your daily data activity on your device  to ensure the accuracy of your data billing. Customers are not charged for data usage, given that no data session is generated. It’s not uncommon for devices that are ‘always on’, like iPhone, to process data event records for billing purposes after a certain amount of inactivity or after long periods of time. It’s also separate from how our system lets you monitor your data consumption."

 

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i still dont see how this is possible and or if you really are not being charged due to the fact that it raises your data when you check data under account. If this really is the reason why however, at&t should take it off the total data usage so when i look i know how much i ACTUALLY have left over rather then how much it calculated with the update.

 

 

EDIT: this actually could be the case. after searching people without iphones had this problem occur also.

Samsung impression :

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Samsung/Samsung-Impression-Random-data-usage/td-p/1823460

Palm Pixi:

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Palm/Pixi-Plus-strange-Data-Use-at-night/m-p/1947014

Droid?:

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Samsung/magical-data-being-used/m-p/1983658

BlackBerry:

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Billing/Weird-data-charges-in-the-middle-of-the-night/td-p/1894092

Samsung Blackjack:

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Samsung/Data-Question-Blackjack/m-p/1268421

 

HOWEVER -- the owner of the samsung impression stated that they have never used data so why it would show up does not support it being the "Total data accumulated throughout the day"

Also they got charged for it on their bill while att says it is not charged.

 

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Mentor

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

did MSNBC take the article down??? The link from original poster gave me a 404.

Message 21 of 26
Professor

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

Yup, article is down. I confirm seeing it earlier, now its 404 not found.

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ACE - Master

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

I have my iPhone 4, and I use it quite a bit (but I don't generally stream media with it).  I am on wifi when possible, but not always.  As of right now, I am on day 11 of the 31 day billing cycle,  and I have used a whopping 53MB of my data.  That is averaging out to less than 5MB/day.

 

For the record, I have declined to share diagnostic data with Apple ever since that was proposed to me months ago as a solution to my problem of it taking my iPhone 3G over 5 hours to complete the full backup process during a sync.


Jerry B.
"GeekBoy"

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Message 23 of 26
Professor

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

I wonder if thats the "other" storage that shows up under the iPhone in iTunes. If it is, I'm gonna shut it off. Even though its a couple hundred MBs, thats still a lot.

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Guru

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

UNSC_REACH, I have NO technical experience so that is not an option for me.  I could ask my son for help; we have a wireless router, but it is not built into our computer, which is old.  I don't even remember whose Apple computer I used when I set up my phone-two of my kids have them.

 

I am going to try the iTunes idea; I just can't recall if I said it was okay to send information to them.  I will try saying no and see if it helps.  I am so technically lame that I don't even know for sure if I have to use the same computer to do this as I did the set up when I got the phone.  Do I?  I think I can use any computer to access iTunes.  But if not, I could be unable to change things as yesterday, one of the Apple laptops lost a battle with a container of watermelon juice spilled on it and no longer works at all.     

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Highlighted

Re: This Goes a LONG Way in Explaining the Mysterious Data Usage

In my opinion, with the introduction of multi tasking, folks who dont close out all of their programs are going to see this each night.  I definately forget to close them all out and I probably have some programs running each night as I sleep.

 

Also, I dont think your statement shows data in realtime.  It is quite possible that AT&T is lumping a sum of data used that day, each night.  I have no proof, just a theory.

 

Also, people seem to have missed "We found that not only users, but developers as well, don't know what's happening in their apps, even in their own apps, which is fascinating," said John Hering, CEO of the San Francisco-based Lookout."  So if the Dev doesnt know it is happening, how would Apple or AT&T?  Should they load every submitted app on a blank iPhone and see if it uses any data overnight?

 

Just dont download the free, ad supported, apps.  I know, easier said than done!

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