AT&T 200MB Limit Horror Story

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LotuSviLLe, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. LotuSviLLe macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008
    So I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last weekend and took over 200 pictures/videos which all look amazing with the new camera on the 4, but not realizing that the camera was using Location Services to tag a "Place" to every single one of my photos and when I check my billing cycle 3 whole days in I'm already at 85MB of my 200MB allotted per month. The last 6 months I checked on the AT&T site I only went over 200MB of data usage once in a whole 30 day billing cycle.


    I'm curious to know whether is was indeed these photos that racked up my data usage or if it was some app running in the background with multitasking that was using my data. I don't use Pandora or anything like that. So I'm pretty certain it was the Camera app.


    Check your settings and turn off Location Services on Camera before you go cam crazy!

    Pics requested of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
    Vids requested of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
  2. fuzion macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2010
    I've used 202mb since the 22nd..

    Haven't taken many pics but have done a bit of surfing and downloading apps since I can actually run cpu/gfx intense apps now!
  3. Chimpware macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
  4. player2 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
  5. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2010
    How bad were the lines? During opening weekend, I heard the wait time just to get in was around 7 hours.

    I'm going in July. Can't wait!
  6. randomerratum macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Huh. I was under the impression that GPS wasn't a cellular service. Am I wrong? All it's doing is grabbing the coordinates from the freely available gps satellites, right?

    Anyway, you should have seen the location icon pop up if it was a gps issue.. What they really need is a data indicator. It sounds like it's just way too easy to request data without realizing it.

    It would also be neat if the iPhone could track each app's data usage. There's no reason we should be have to commit to capped data blindly.
  7. Block macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007

    Looks like the post I responded to was deleted....
  8. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    This is exactly why I will keep my unlimited plan, even though I use nowhere near the bandwidth that is allowed on the less expensive plan--

    As more and more apps use services in the background, more and more bandwidth will be consumed.

    I would rather "overpay" for my unlimited plan now, than get a surprise bill at some point in my future.
  9. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Why don't you have unlimited? I thought is was 250MB anyway..
  10. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Not possible. Tagging pics with your location uses the GPS but it doesn't use any data. Try this: in network settings turn off cellular data and then take a pic. It will still be tagged with its location.
  11. darkhunter139 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Wow worst horror story I've ever heard. They might make this into a movie some day
  12. kds786 macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2010
    I agree! I'm going to try to keep it as long as they'll let me!
  13. a3silver macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
  14. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Using Assisted GPS doesn't mean it uses data. The position of cell towers help is find its location but it doesn't use any data. If you turn off data on your phone photos will still be tagged with location.
  15. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    I was on the 200MB plan, but after calling AT&T with some help with our tv service, they told my mom that I should upgrade to 2GB since they saw I had an iPhone. So I decided to go ahead and pay for the 2GB. It feels better knowing I don't have to check everytime I make sure that I'm within limits, cause once I get this iPhone 4 jailbroken, I'm going hell overboard.
  16. JediZenMaster Suspended


    Mar 28, 2010
    I don't get why someone would change their data plan and the complain about almost using up all of the data. :rolleyes:
  17. iPhoneHome macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2007
    I'm pretty sure it's due to downloading apps bros. The GPS wouldn't effect your data plan.
  18. stphnman20 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    hmmm I thought the GPS uses data? :confused:

    Anyways, horrifying indeed. :apple:
  19. Hawklight macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    The more important question is, where are these pics!?
  20. davidhawkins123 macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    i love unlimited data on giffgaff, did i mention you get the unlimited data + unlimited texts + 100mins for only £10 month
  21. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    LOL @ people who think agps = gps.
  22. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    Good thing you checked before you went over. Then you'd have a horror story.

    I considered giving up the unlimited, since I've never gone over 120 MB in a billing cycle. But, I don't know how much more data I might use with the new phone, especially if the network speed is bumped up. As it is, I'm almost always near a wifi hotspot, so my 3G usage is pretty low. Saving $15 a month isn't worth the risk to me.
  23. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    Dude we have three iPhones on my owned by a pubescent teenage girl. My data usage last month was 8gb. I couldn't imagine not having unlimited.
  24. chris.robison macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
  25. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    AGPS = GPS + cell towers

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