iMessage using MASSIVE amounts of data!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gentlefury, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I reset my phone statistics the other day and I went out and sent an iMessage. I looked at my usage and it was at 2.1MB...and all I did was send an iMessage! I turned off iMessage and have only used txt since then (I have unlimited so why waste data anyway) and I have used 25MB total since then, and I use my phone a lot to go on facebook and web surf.

    Why would a message that should take, at most half a kb use 2.1MB???
     
  2. PNutts macrumors 601

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    How did you verify the phone wasn't doing something else at the same time?
     
  3. macher macrumors 6502a

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    Just turn off iMessage
     
  4. gentlefury thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Wow, thanks for that.

    Now go back and read what I wrote and you will see I already did.

    I used 2.1 MB as soon as I turned on my phone in about a minute (I checked it when I first turned it on) and then used 25MB over the next 24 hours after I disabled it.
     
  5. jaysen macrumors 6502

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    ^This

    If you did a restore and a backup perhaps it was downloading previous messages in the background ?? Just a thought
     
  6. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Not being argumentative, but a minute is a long time transfering high speed data and I'm curious if iCloud or something else reached out during that brief connection. Also, I've seen threads in the forum that describe the counter 1. iusn't accurate, and 2. can include data that was not sent.

    I agree that both of those sound far fetched, so I'll simply say that kind of data usage hasn't been my experience (and I don't remember seeing it discussed before) and I assume something else was running.

    It would be interesting if you can reproduce it and also turn on iMessage and don't send a message to see if data traffic is generated.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    iMessage doesn't use much data at all unless you're sending and receiving pics and videos through it.
    It's prob something else.
    And 2.1mb is not massive amounts of data.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    First and foremost we clearly have differing opinions on how much is a lot of data and secondlyy guess is you phone probably checked email or any of a 1000 other functions it does behind the scenes. If iMessage used this amount of data I would be using twice asuch data as I do each month.
     
  9. chrisvee macrumors regular

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    I just reset my statistics and sent an iMessage. It sent only a few KB. And considering that one MB = 1024KB, you would have to send quite a bit of iMessages to get to 2.1MB.

    Like others have said, unless you're using iMessage to share videos and pictures, it shouldn't be using that much. There are several things that your phone could be doing while you're not using it. iCloud backups, email fetching data, or maybe even your Facebook timeline updating or something.

    How much data do you have included in your plan?
     
  10. gentlefury thread starter macrumors 68030

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    2.1MB is massive amounts of data if that is a one sentence txt message. That would mean 200 would equal a GB.
     
  11. ProudLoz macrumors regular

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    Dude, I just sent myself a 4,200 character iMessage that took 37 KBs to send. Then another 37 KBs to receive since I was sending it to myself. Now, to get to 1 MB, you need 1024 KBs correct? It would take you 27.6756756757 text messages with 4,200 characters to even amount to a MB. You need another 1,024 MBs, to get to 1 GB right? So let's multiply that. The result would be 28339.8918919 messages with 4,200 characters to amount to 1 GBs of cellular usage.

    Your math, is totally off. The only way you'll ever reach a 1 GB of usage with 200 iMessages is if you're sending pictures. Which if you are, then that's your problem, not iMessages itself. There's also a chance that another app is eating your data and you just don't know it.
     
  12. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Idea:

    Try sending another iMessage and see how much data that uses.

    Wait until iMessage has verified your phone number before trying that.

    Worst case scenario is that you use another 2.1MB - is that really a big problem?
     
  13. gentlefury thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Dude, that is what I would expect. I was merely explaining my situation.
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree.
    2.1mb is a massive amount if you consider it as just a text message but its not used up with just one text imessage.
    A pic send could easily eat that up.
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Were you sending pics? That's what really eats up the data.
    In a few MBs, you can probably send thousands of "text" messages.

    I use iMessage to send messages to my friends' iPods. Much nicer than having them text on their phones for some reasons. Probably because I know they'll actually get the pics and vids I send them. Lot of times, they can't open it on their phones
     
  16. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I hate it when friends turn off iMessage because I like responding from my computer or iPad.
     
  17. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    a revelation of how petty my problems are now after being notified of how much data is being wasted on a text message after this post.

    so long starving humans i have other **** to worry about. data usage on my ****in unlimited data plan!
     
  18. willmtaylor, Oct 15, 2012
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    I'm sure the starving humans will deal without your (awesome) help as you have plenty of petty threads to manage:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1119515
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1344192
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1119446

    Posts such as your quotes above are meaningless and not helpful. What percentage of threads on these forums do you figure are problems exclusive of developed nations and are less important than starving children? I'm guessing around 99%. These "arguments" are trite, at best. I won't say what they are on the other end of the spectrum as it will just be bleeped regardless.
     
  19. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

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    "MASSIVE"! LOL!

    I also just checked and several txts took only a few kb.:p
     
  20. Breitling65 macrumors 6502

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    +1, I am using it all the time and I blocked SMS service since I am text-ing to my family only and they all with iphones/att. No any significant loss of data found with iMessage. It is great option and we all love it.
     

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