3G Data Limit

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rwoolsey, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. rwoolsey macrumors member

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    I seem to be blasting thru my 200mb 3G data plan on my AT&T iPhone 4. For the third month in a row I've been forced to turn off my data and rely solely on Wi-Fi & Edge. The kicker though, is that I rarely access 3G.

    What am I missing, or is it something I just have to live with?
     
  2. Bloodkip macrumors newbie

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    I would move up to the 2gb $25 plan. Beats paying $30 for 400mb.
     
  3. macingman macrumors 68020

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    Check if you have any apps in the background. Maybe you should consider upgrading dataplans? Do you tether? Are you jailbroken?
     
  4. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Likely what you have running in the back ground like any social programs or weather updates. Somthing is using data
     
  5. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Do you send/receive lots of email? Surf the web on breaks at work? 200mb is not much data.

    20 plain text emails per 1MB
    2-5 HTML emails per 1MB
    photo attachment 2-5MB
     
  6. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    No tethering, not jailbroken. I close apps once I'm done. And I'm NOT upgrading.
     
  7. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    I'm at almost 11 gb's this month so far. A record for me.
     
  8. ViPhone macrumors 6502

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    I too have been experiencing supposed increased data usage despite not using as much as other months.

    I'm under a 2GB plan and I'm at 90% which is rare for me.

    I think AT&T might actually be inflating their usage a bit. Sounds crazy, but I've had this happen to most of my friends who have iPhones, as well.
     
  9. Surely Guest

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  10. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad to know I'm not alone. When I upgraded from the 3G to 4 I noticed a major difference. *Sigh
     
  11. Surely Guest

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    I haven't noticed much of a difference going from the 3GS to the 4.

    I'm still on the unlimited plan, but I'm starting to think about downgrading to the 2GB to save $5/month. My usage over the past 6 months hasn't been higher than 200MB, so I'd drop down to the 200MB plan, but I'm worried that I'll go over. The 200MB plan should really be 500MB.:rolleyes:

    Does AT&T just bump you up to the 2GB plan if you go over the 200MB, or do they start charging per MB? EDIT: just answered my own question: If 200MB is exceeded, an additional 200MB is automatically provided at a rate of $15 for each additional 200MB.
     
  12. sawah macrumors 6502a

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    My question is, why do I need to pay for 3g data when my area only gets edge? When I use data in my area it count towards my allowance even though I'm not using 3g. I'd go to a 200meg plan if it didn't.
     
  13. Surely Guest

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    They don't differentiate between EDGE and 3G data. Data is data, no matter what connection you have while using it.

    The unlimited $20 data plan was great when I had the 1st gen.
     
  14. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    try turning data off for a while and see if att says you used any during those days
     
  15. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Using Pandora or YouTube? You'll blow through your 250 in a matter of hours if so.
     
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  17. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    I too started with the unlimited plan, but downgraded because I was rarely using 150mb, but as soon as I scaled back along came the increasing in data used.

    I'm guessing that move pissed AT&T off and now they're sticking it to me.

    Be forewarned.
     
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Seems like you are out of wifi range more often than you think. Edge data will still count against you even though it is slower than 3G. I use wifi on my phone alot. So far, I have only used 38.52MB of data on the cellular network and I'm halfway through my billing cycle.
     
  19. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    Actually, I'm not.
    House = wifi
    Work = wifi
    Starbucks = wifi
    Tour Bus = wifi
    Mall = wifi
    Local Mexican Restaurant = wifi

    Freak'n conspiracy! Thanks for the input though.
     
  20. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I seriously doubt AT&T is “sticking it” to you. You must have something using data that changed from before when you had unlimited.
     
  21. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, pretty sure they're sticking it me. At least when the throttling-backs begins this fall, I'll be use to AT&T d!@king me over.
     
  22. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Throttle the already slow network? Haha...on 1 bar it takes a 20 seconds to load a minute long youtube video BEFORE it starts to buffer. Funny thing is when tethering, that same video loads instantly...
     
  23. rwoolsey thread starter macrumors member

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    I send close to 200 texts/month but emails and photo attachements are slim to none. Only when necessary. Guess I'll just watch my activity better.
     
  24. EddyP macrumors 6502

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    My 3GS broke and I went back to my old Samsung Jack this past month.

    I used to use less than 200MB with the 3GS. Limited email. The occasional app that uses data. Weather mostly.

    Now with the Jack, I blew through my 200mb in about two weeks. I'm not using any apps. Just email. Even though my phone is on wifi when I am home, I am transmitting many megs of data every night a little after midnight. Not sure what the issue is. ATT has been useless trying to help. I upgraded to the 2GB plan. I asked to shut the data off after 200MB they said they couldn't.

    Check you data and see if you can figure out when/why is is being used. There are other threads about "phantom data" being sent with no solution identified.

    Maybe the wifi on my Samsung just sucks balls.
     

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