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Iphone 4 IOS4 Data Usage Increase

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kyriotate Calculating status...
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Jul 22, 2010 7:49 AM

I went from an Iphone 3G to Iphone 4 when the Iphone first came out. My girlfriend also got one. I had been an Iphone 3G user for 2 years and tracked back my data usage as far it would let me. I never went over 200MB. I am a heavy user but am pretty much wireless everywhere. Now 14 days left in the billing cycle I have used 255MB already.

My girlfriend who hasn't really even started to use too many apps yet is at 190.69MB.

I am setup so this won't incur charges to me but I am wondering if something is going on with 3G usage. My suspicion is apps getting information in the background like dropbox and evernote, but I have no real confirmation.

Anyone seen or heard of this so far?
Iphone 4, iOS 4
  • Demarius Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 8:46 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    OMG!! I just checked my AT&T statement after reading this thread, to see if there was a noticeable difference... Well before iPhone 4, my average usage was around 400~500MB/per month. Now, it's hovering over 1300 MBs! JEEZUZ!!

    I'm glad I stuck with the unlimited data plan. I'm sure AT&T just hates users like me
    iPhone 4, iOS 4, 32GB
  • qb84 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 8:47 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    Usually since it is a new toy you tend to play with it a bit more.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • WhizKidX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 8:50 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    Multitasking gives the ability for these things to run in the background. IT was previously not possible to run skype, pandora in the background. But since they can - they will use data on maintaining connectivity to the servers. I dont know about you but streaming pandora and surfing the web - all while sending MMS and running AIM/Facebook.. Definitely alot easier to eat through your data. I've used over 2 gigs with a few weeks left before the cycle ends. Glad i have unlimited data.. and thats without tethering.. Very easy to use alot of data.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Joe Z in VA Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 9:07 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    Dell Studio Slim / Mac Mini 4GB Model, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 w/MobileMe
  • zigggzaggg Calculating status...
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    Jul 22, 2010 10:55 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    There is something going on here. I have been on a 500 Mb limit for a year so am really careful with my data usage. In the first 6 months I had only used a total of 360 megs TOTAL on 3G. I just got my latest bill and would have been hit for a $1,400 surcharge had it not been for the fact I have an "insurance" as part of my plan, which has limited the extra charge to $80!!
    I checked my bill and already 7 days into the new month and I'm already at 180 megs which is putting me on a clear overshoots of the 500 megs limit again!

    I tried an experiment in which I turned off data for an hour, reset my stats and went out. After an hour ( no usage obviously in settings) so I seiches on data.. Checked my mail and the weather app... Total 340 kb usage. Exited the apps and listened to music on way home...arrived home (about 90 minutes) and my data usage had risen by 6 Mb's!!.

    Please remember I have been monitoring usage for 12 months, I have push turned off on all apps, I am really careful with my data usage and here is my phone suddenly chewing through data at a rate of at least 4-6 megs per hour when I'm listening to music (not streaming obviously).

    This is both annoying and deeply concerning, notwithstanding the expense of the extra charge for last month, and I predict a lot of people will be sting by this as the bills roll in. More importantly, how. Do we stop it happening other than a) turning data transfer on and off constantly or b) constantly killing apps you think you have closed but which are happily running I. Bqckground chewing through your data plan.!!!
    3 GS, iOS 4
  • unsungsong Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    In reviewing my data usage, My iPhone 4 data usage is about the same as it was with my 3Gs, but I notice my son's, who now has my 3Gs is fast approaching the 200mb limit with 11 days left in the cycle. This didn't make much sense as apart from an advanced class he is taking over the summer, he has been home most of the time he would be using data and we have wireless.
    I checked the data usage breakdown and found EVERY DAY this month between 1 and 3am there is data usage indicated anywhere from 3KB to a whopping 18,991KB at 1:13am one day when he was asleep.
    I called AT&T to verify that the time stamp is accurate (it is) and then I called COMCAST. I am in the Boston area. It seems *Comcast has been shutting down for maintenance around the time periods in question every day this month!* They do not give advance notice of this maintenance! I suggest you contact your internet provider to find out if the same thing is happening to you.

    But something else to be aware of is could Applications or Internet pages be staying open even if you are not using your phone? With multi-tasking I suspect more applications are staying open unless you manually close them in the multitask dock.
    Hopefully in an upcoming IOS version there will be a more convenient way to shut down rogue apps that stay open sucking data besides shutting the phone completely off every night.

    Intel Core Duo iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.6.2), iphone 4
  • Michael Loader Calculating status...
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    Jul 22, 2010 7:16 PM (in response to kyriotate)
    My partner and I both have 3GS iPhones. Since upgrading to iOS 4, my partner has been burning through data while I'm still using my regular amount. I just did a bunch of testing on his iPhone and found a culprit. His Flickr had location services turned on. With it on, Flickr would use 1.6MB of data within 30 seconds of loading even if I did nothing in the app. With location services off, Flickr used no data on loading. I tested this multiple times, turning off the phone between tests and resetting the data usage screen in general preferences. I don't use Flickr as much on my iPhone and I already had location services turned off.

    My best guess is that Flickr is not using location services properly in iOS4, at least not on a 3GS. It should not be using location services at all until you use it to take a snapshot.

    Now you might not use Flickr or might not have this particular problem, but check out some of your other apps for location services.
    iPhone 3GS, iOS 4
  • arruda89 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 7:22 PM (in response to Michael Loader)
    I have 17 days left on my billing cycle and i'm already at 1500mb.

    Last month was 2,206,990 KB
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • bigdtd Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2010 7:53 AM (in response to kyriotate)
    There have been many thread reports of the phantom data usage.(usually 1-3 am) I found one answer that works. Go into Itunes and select your iphone (control click on it). Right click on your iphone and select reset warnings.Then sync your phone and when Apple asks you if you want to help them by reporting stuff DISAGREE. Your data use will drop dramatically. The late night phantom usage will go away or be very minimal. Your phone is sending data late at night when you agree to send info to help Apple with issues. Thanks to Nathan who solved this on another thread. You have to have your phone setup to open itunes on connection to get the chance to disagree to the message after you reset warnings.
    Macbook Pro 13", 2 other PCs and an iPhone3GS
  • MattBerlin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Since upgrading to iOS 4.0/4.0.1 my iPhone 3G has been degraded in 3 ways:
    - *very, very slow* (all apps, incl the standard ones, crash frequently on start up)
    - *battery life shorted dramatically*, only lasts for a few hours now and
    - *explosion of data usage* (going from 300-400MB/month to using 1GB within the first 11 days of the month both in July and August, ie. 5-8 times) - definitely not a result of change in user behaviour (if anything I have been using it less due to speed & battery problem).

    I used to be extremely happy with my iPhone - until I "upgraded". HELP!
    iPhone 3G, iOS 4.0.1, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • lyricon Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:30 PM (in response to bigdtd)
    This is true, Also I have read that ATT does do some house keeping at those hours and we are not supposed to be charged for that data. Not sure about the truth of that. I don't have any odd transmissions in the wee hours. I am in the woods of Vermont though
    MackBook Pro,Mac G4 533, iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Fucusrite Saffire LE
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:43 PM (in response to kyriotate)
    Also, you can turn off Cellular data when not in use. Settings > General > Network > Cellular data off.

    With this being off, your 3G is still on but you can not surf the browser, can't watch youtube, and anything that requires the use of the cellular data. However, you can still make/recieve phone calls, and send SMS.

    I usually turn off the cellular data when I'm sleeping, this way I know for sure that it won't eat up my data usage while i'm asleep.

    Of course if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and need to browse for something, simply turn it on.
    HP Pavilion DV2812tx, HP DV4-1504tx, Windows 7, iPod Hi-Fi, iPhone 4 32 GB Black


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