Help - Sudden Excessive Data Usage!!!

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by gwerhart0800, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Loveland, CO
    I just got a text message from AT&T claiming that I have used more than 90% of my data plan (200MB) and I am only a week into the billing cycle. When I look at my data usage on the AT&T web site, it shows transfers of 15MB, 60MB and 116MB occurring between 10:30PM and 11PM several nights over the last 7 days. The problem is two fold:

    1) I am in bed by 9 or 9:30PM every evening as I get up at 5 to 5:30 most mornings.
    2) The phone was in my house and connected to WiFi, so it should only have been using WiFi.

    I have iCloud turned on and had it configured for backups of my iPhone 4. I had the data & documents setting for iCloud configured to dis-allow cellular data use.

    I have had IOS 5/5.0.1 loaded since it came out. I typically get warnings every other month on having used 65% of my data plan a few days before the billing cycle ends.

    I have turned off cellular data for the moment and I have turned off the iPhone backup to iCloud and the Data & Documents for iCloud are now off.

    I believe that I am going to get billed for another 200MBs because the data log on the AT&T web site stops yesterday at midnight.

    I searched the forum for "excessive data" messages, but all the threads are months old.

    Does anyone have any other ideas as to what might have caused this beyond something with iCloud and backups?

  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    My wife's phone is doing the same thing. But even worse is we are on unlimited data and end up getting nasty messages that she is in the top 5%. I do know it is an app because if we force shutdown all apps it stops. We don't notice until 2 to 3 GB are transferred! Something is out of control.
  3. phillq23 macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2008
  4. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    See the discrepancy? I reset my ios data counter the day my billing cycle ends.

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