iPhone 3GS Data spike

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iPhone 3GS Data spike

Hello. I recently upgraded my daughter and wife's iPhone 3GSs to the latest iOS. All of the sudden this billing period their data usage has gone through the roof. They are on the lowest plan---200 MB per month. And in almost two years they have never exceeded their limits.

 

After th 65% warning, I turned off GPS service on the phones, thinking one of the GPS apps might be causing it.

 

Tonight and went in settings and looked their KB sent recieved for an hour. Based on that hour of usage, they would use 180 MB per month doing nothing!

 

Does anybody know how to fix this? Is there an app or setting that is causing such a huge data leak?

 

Thanks in advance.

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bocraw wrote:

Hello. I recently upgraded my daughter and wife's iPhone 3GSs to the latest iOS. All of the sudden this billing period their data usage has gone through the roof. They are on the lowest plan---200 MB per month. And in almost two years they have never exceeded their limits.

 

After th 65% warning, I turned off GPS service on the phones, thinking one of the GPS apps might be causing it.

 

Tonight and went in settings and looked their KB sent recieved for an hour. Based on that hour of usage, they would use 180 MB per month doing nothing!

 

Does anybody know how to fix this? Is there an app or setting that is causing such a huge data leak?

 

Thanks in advance.



No idea what apps they have installed. If you are using iOS5, perhaps you turned on iCloud sync? That would use a lot of data.

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icloud data sync is not too bad for me. but try this.....Settings>Location Services>System Services (Found at the very bottom) > Turn off location based iads, Setting Time Zone and Traffic.

These do not affect your ability to see traffic in google maps and other location based map applications. It may be tracking movement for crowd source data.

IADs - Don't need custom iAds that use data to enhance your ad experience.
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Good suggestion youngjm. However, I had already turned all location based services off.

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bocraw wrote:

Good suggestion youngjm. However, I had already turned all location based services off.


Bad idea, it's always nice to have "Find My iPhone" turned-on, in case you lose your iPhone. I'd turn off cellular data...you can also see what applications are accessing data in settings.

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Underlyingsound wrote:

bocraw wrote:

Good suggestion youngjm. However, I had already turned all location based services off.


Bad idea, it's always nice to have "Find My iPhone" turned-on, in case you lose your iPhone. I'd turn off cellular data...you can also see what applications are accessing data in settings.


You need cellular data so that Find My iPhone can enable the GPS to report its location.  

 

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I've also had this problem with my 3GS. Started last month after an update, never exceeded my data before and now I'm flying through it. My Nike+GPS app uses a ton of data now, whereas it never did before and there are other spikes that I can't identify.  Also and probably related; phone won't hold a WIFI signal like it always has.

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