Mysterious o2 UK data increase

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elliotsdad, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. elliotsdad macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2006
    Wondered if anyone fancied checking their old O2 iPhone bills.
    I've just been through mine and have seen a strange pattern.
    From Aug 2008-July 2009 my average data use was around 45,000
    After July2009 to present it's shot up to between 250,000 and 500,000.
    I don't use the data much beyond checking mail, and browsing. NO youtube or streaming video.
    At first I though it might Spotify, which I'll listen to for perhaps 30 minsn - 4 or 5 times a month.
    Then I checked my wife's account and it does exactly the same thing, July 2009 - jumped from average usage of 80,000 to 160,000/250,000.
    These are considerable increases considering they come 11 months or so of using an iphone, so you'd imagine the usage to settle down to a reasonable average.
    However, one thing which is strange is the month that both our phones usage increased dramatically was when the o2 APN settings changed from '' to ''.
    Any thoughts?
  2. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    if you tell me how to check the data usage on a monthly basis I'll be happy to check it out on my account.
  3. elliotsdad thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2006
    How to check

    Hi, THanks for replying.
    GO to o2, my bill or previous bills. Select 'What I've used'
    and select "UK browse and download'
    it'll tell you what the usage is and what the APN settings were
  4. Skengman macrumors member


    Nov 29, 2008
    Mine has been since I opened the account on 13th July 08. I went onto a simplicity tariff in January of this year, and I have never changed to

    My data usage has also remained fairly stable between 250,000 and 500,000 for 2 years.

    Not sure if that is helpful?
  5. m477h3w macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I noticed exactly the same thing! Very strange. My usage was always between 400 and 500mb a month, but the last few months it's been more like 1.5gb! Wondering whether it's to do with switching from O2 contract to Simplicity 20 for iPhone?
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2009
    ill check mine later tonight... but maybe they used to count download only, and now calculate upload + download? thats the only logical reason i can think of.
  7. twoism macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    What i found on my usage is that there's a mysterious log of data at exactly midnight every day. Is that normal?
  8. aliebel macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    Yes, the little transfers for push notifications etc. are tallied up and recorded overnight. This is so the system isn't overrun by logging and keeping your bill from being 1000 pages long with data transfers.
  9. twoism macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Ah, that explains it perfectly, thanks.
  10. donbenjy macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    Yeah, I was thinking, maybe that's when push notifications came to OS 3? Or something else changed in the iphone software that meant there would be more data usage...
  11. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    aliebel, that would be a solution, only if AT&T customers weren't charged/ data reaccounted on bill for it.

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