data useage - how to avoid unintentional use?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cherylzyx, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. cherylzyx macrumors member

    cherylzyx

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    I'm an iPhone newb, switched over from Sprint where I had an unlimited data plan. Now that I have a limit I'm concerned I might inadvertently use up all my data.

    For example, last Friday I turned my phone off while I was at work because I was paranoid that something would trigger a data connection and it would run all day and use up my allotment.

    I've turned off Push notification and GPS location services. I'm just being paranoid, right? My phone won't connect itself in my purse and use up all my data, that's just crazy, right?

    Can you help a newbie?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    there is an option to turn off cellular data in settings
     
  3. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, you can turn off cellular data in the network section I think. If you have 2GB, you should be fine. If you have 200MB, keep a close eye on it and you can upgrade if needed.
     
  4. vong macrumors 6502a

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    for the data usage page on the iPhone, does it reset every month? or does it add up all the data you've been using
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I believe that is lifetime of phone

    Month data can be checked with ATT's app
     
  6. cherylzyx thread starter macrumors member

    cherylzyx

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    As long as I have Push and Location services turned off it shouldn't connect on it own, right?

    Is it possible for something in my phone to trigger a data connection? Or do I need to initiate something like opening the email app or Safari?
     
  7. Iphone4Mac macrumors member

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    Don't mean too be rude but

    It's so strange to see all these data conscience topics ANd iPhone users I personally know, it sorta makes me step back and look at my data with more caring eyes lol
     
  8. DragonJade macrumors 6502

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    But you'll be eating into your data plan if you do this, right? :p
     
  9. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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  10. Make7UpYours728 macrumors member

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    you don't receive picture SMS messages if you have the data switched off. :(


    but what is weird is, when i check my data usage before and after sending a pic message or receiving one, my data usages doesn't change. Both by calling *data# and checking the counter under setting->general->Usage

    :confused:
     
  11. Ogrillion macrumors member

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    Pic Messaging doesn't use your data.. Its a separate thing.. but it does use the data connection to send..

    Its just the billing counter on AT&T end is different.

    I honestly wish PIC message did use data in my case since I have limited SMS and I pay per use of MMS.. :eek:
     
  12. johng723 macrumors member

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    Hmm. I never knew that...But what about sending and receivng videos?
     

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