500+ MB of Data Used In 3 Days!?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EricSjos, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. EricSjos macrumors member

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    So I just got my iPhone 5 on Friday. My billing cycle ended on the 22nd. I went from Unlimited data to 2GB.

    I previously had an iPhone 4S and would use roughly 800mb total per billing cycle.

    After using the iPhone 5 for just a few days after my billing cycle reset, I have used over 500mb of data!

    I have not used the iPhone 5 anymore than I used my previous iPhone 4S. I'm usually on WiFi and I don't stream music or anything like that.

    Is there a reason I'm all of a sudden using so much data? Is there a new option in iCloud that could possibly be sucking up my data?

    Just to be clear, I'm not reporting the usage from my phone, but the actual usage as shown on the Verizon website.

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    No one else is having this issue?
     
  2. articulatefool macrumors regular

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    How many LTE speed-tests did you run?

    Those can add up very quick.
     
  3. EricSjos thread starter macrumors member

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    I ran one speed test. And that was on the day I received my phone, 9/21, before the billing cycle ended, which was 9/22.
     
  4. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    Thats nothing, I can use 3 or 4 gigs in three days.
     
  5. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    If you stream even 2 minutes of HD video, you could be using 70-100MB.

    I'd predict that for many users who were using 1 GB a month with their 3G plan would increase to about 5 GB with LTE.
     
  6. EricSjos thread starter macrumors member

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    As impressive as that sounds, that's not really what I'm talking about here.

    I'm trying to figure out what's causing my data usage to jump from 800mb/mo to 500mb in 3 days.

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    The only videos I watch when not on WiFi are some YouTube videos using the app, and I'm not even sure if the app supports HD viewing yet.
     
  7. articulatefool macrumors regular

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    Some apps like Pandora and Youtube will scale your content depending on your connection speed which will increase your data consumption.
     
  8. gopnick macrumors regular

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  9. EricSjos thread starter macrumors member

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    Understandable except I haven't used Pandora or any music streaming apps since I received the iPhone 5.

    Also I only use the YouTube app from the App Store, and it seems like the app doesn't support HD or even take advantage of the full screen on the iPhone 5.

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    I only do updates when on WiFi (At home or work). Plus I never used massive amounts of data when updating in the past when I had my iPhone 4S.
     
  10. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    The YouTube app has always since day 1 scaled up with a broadband connection to the highest resolution.

    If I only had a 2 GB/month plan, I would probably avoid streaming any video unless over wi-fi.
     
  11. iforbes macrumors 6502

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    Are you getting the usage stats from the phone or from your carrier's website?
     
  12. iAco macrumors regular

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    I noticed the same issue. I ate up 400MB barely using LTE. LTE seems to eat up a boat load of bandwidth. Perhaps Verizon is trying to milk us. We all should file lawsuits and complain.
     
  13. JoshObra macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity, what network does AT&AT throttle you to once you pass the limit?

    LTE to 4G? or is it still to Edge?
     
  14. EricSjos thread starter macrumors member

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    Directly from the Verizon website.
     
  15. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Watching 2 min of video per day with LTE will use up 2 GB per month.
     
  16. EricSjos thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? That's insane.
     
  17. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. That's why for the past 1-2 years all the carriers kept trying to convince people that they don't need unlimited. They knew back then that with LTE and the increased use of streaming video that almost EVERYBODY would eventually all of a sudden end up using 5-15 GB/month.
     
  18. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought I heard there was a bug in iOS6 that its counting some WiFi has data usage. But yeah since friday im at 1 gig of data used but i turned on my wifi off and am sucking aas much of my unlimited AT&T LTE.
     
  19. articulatefool macrumors regular

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    OP stated that he was going off Verizon's website. Not the phone.
     
  20. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    LTE is 4g,
    it doesnt change your network.

    if you a throttled on LTE, it will slow your data speeds to .half a megabit a sec. 500kbps... give or take a few.

    . a little faster than edge speeds.. but not much.
     
  21. crobbins macrumors 6502

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    I switched to VZW in June and have found their data readings and calculations to be..interesting. One second month, my data didn't reset and they tried to tell me I was crazy. I literally had to export each line's usage over June, July, and August and break it down line by line, KB per KB. The CS phone tech said I was crazy and it finally took going to a store with a printout of the data usage for it to get corrected..
     
  22. Blackforge macrumors 6502

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    Well.. I used 1.7GB in 5 hours my first day...

    I did my iCloud restore and then even though I had turned off "Cellular Data" for iTunes and iTunes Match it kept on using it when I went to grab something to eat. I think it finally straightened itself out and is respecting the settings, but apparently once it starts one way, it will keep on doing it that way until it finishes.
     
  23. andyx3x macrumors 65816

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    lol
     
  24. TheBigBad macrumors newbie

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    Same issue here. Nearly 400 MB between the 21st and 24th, with use that should not have approached that amount of data (no LTE speed tests, no backing up to iCloud, just checking email, twitter, checked a handful of web sites, streamed one podcast, used the map app once, watched one music video on youtube, that's about it). I've sent messages to both Apple and Verizon without receiving a response yet.
     
  25. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    im at 2.6 GB in less than 2 days thanks to netflix all day at work hah
     

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