My 1 GB of transfer dead-battery greyed-out Wifi menu iPhone Story

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Acejam2k, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Acejam2k macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2008
    The following is a recount of my shocking iPhone experience yesterday.

    To begin, I picked up my iPhone 3G 2 weeks after it came out. I'm still on my originally purchased model, as it's flawless and doesn't have any issues. (except occasional software glitches, one of which your about to hear about)

    To begin:

    I full charged my iPhone Thursday night via USB. Once it began charging, I turned it off. (it continues to charge when off, but there is no indicator screen, most people don't know this)

    Friday morning I wake up, and turn the phone on in it's cradle. This allows the phone to recognize it's been fully charged, and then reset the usage counter back to 0 minutes. (until taken out of my dock)

    I talked for about 20 minutes, sent various text messages, and browsed a few sites throughout the work day on my phone. Usually, this type of usage was considered "very light" to me, as my phone's icon would remain fully charged at this point. (and has been for the past 7 months)

    Then at about 6 PM I notice my battery icon start to go down a little just as I'm about to leave my office. I think nothing of it.

    Next thing I know, it's 8:30 PM and I'm at dinner. My gf is starting to play a game on my phone when she gets the 20% battery warning. I tell her not to worry about it, and to continue using it.

    10 PM comes around, and we're out and about at a bar, and then the 10% warning comes. Keep in mind from 6 PM on, I have barely used my phone at all. (2-3 txt msg's, a quick game of tetris, and nothing else)

    I tell myself that something is up. I go to the usage page (general > settings > usage) and find that my phone has received 1.0 GB of data! (this was 400 MB or so before, I know this because I check it all the time)

    Then of course, my phone dies, and I get the low battery screen. Next thing I know, my phone is back in consciousness, and it's 2AM. (It just magically turned on)

    Long story short, I'm back at home now, and I began to let the phone charge back up via USB while in Ubuntu. (power only, no sync) I went to navigate to the usage page again, and I found that the Wifi icon/menu was completely greyed out. I've never seen this before, and I have attached a screenshot for you to see below.

    I turned the phone off, then back on, and got the connect to iTunes screen. I then restarted my computer and booted into Windows, opened up iTunes, and did a sync. I received a "iPhone is activated" message on the phone, and now all is well. (Wifi works fine now)

    Very long story/rant I know, but has anyone ever had an experience such as this? I'm a computer geek at heart so I'm always in iTunes, etc, but I can't imagine what a non-itunes user would face when owning an iPhone.

    The bazaar thing is that I've checked my AT&T account online, and I've only used 58 MB this billing period according to them. I have "unlimted" data, but what was all that transfer? I don't care too much as I'm just happy it works now, but it still dumbfounds me.

    Thoughts? Comments?

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  2. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    That is a truly odd story. I don't know what to tell you there...the only thought I might have is to see how it behaves when charged via the wall charger rather than a USB connection, in case somehow the phone just got royally confused by the USB charge.

    Also, AT&T doesn't always update the data system instantly, so check again in a few days to see if your data use changed.

    Otherwise, if it never happens again it's going to remain a mystery.
  3. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles
    doesn't seem abnormal ( well maybe 600mb, but we don't know what that consists of)

    video games, especially 3d ones will kill your battery fast
  4. conraddon macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Wow never heard of this...

    But just to clarify this isn't what the rant was really about. Its not that the battery died. Which it did, and obviously was due to using it playing games etc. The fact that WiFi grayed out completely is what is really weird. However it does seem that the battery died a little fast. Was 3G and bluetooth on as well?
  5. Acejam2k thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2008
    3G is always on. Bluetooth is always off. I guess I'm ranting about both issues, because the battery drainage was very sudden, and has never happened like this before. (my phone has never died when I'm out and about, I fully charge it nightly, if not, every other night)

    Even with very heavy usage, my phone never goes even close to below 50% by the end of the day. I consider it to be giving me a reliable reading too, as it's been like this for 6+ months.

    With my phone, I actually have to try hard and go at least 2 days to try and kill the battery. Surprisingly, this is one of the reasons why I'll read a negative battery thread on there, and go :confused:. Now it's back to bite me :eek:
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    That's pretty strange. If it happens again you should try restarting it sooner, or maybe hard quit Safari, or turn off push.
    bazaar =/= bizarre

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