Carrier Verizon is blaming Apple and Apple says there's no problem...

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  1. susan12369 macrumors 6502

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    So here's the deal. In the past couple of months, my phone has been absolutely HOGGING data! No changes on my end, no streaming, nothing new. I have a 2GB plan (yeah, I know, you can't imagine only 2GB, but I don't stream and I'm mostly on wifi). I have never gone over my limit and I've rarely even gone over 1GB. But here I am with a week left on my billing cycle and a measly 190MB left. I went to Verizon 2 weeks ago and they updated settings and said it must be something with the iPhone (6S+, by the way, running 9.3.5 iOS).

    I went away for Labor Day weekend, was at family's on their wifi. Saturday morning got a text from Verizon notifying me that I was at 51% of my data for the month. Sunday morning - yes, 25 hours later - I got another text from Verizon that I was now at 75% of my data for the month. And except for maybe one hour, I had been on wifi the entire time. What the????

    Had a genius bar appointment a few days later, they ran diagnostics, said nothing going on with phone. Did a full "reset all settings" anyway, and I'm still seeing cellular usage while I'm home on wifi. This morning I wake up to seeing stuff on FB about lots of Verizon customers experiencing this. So I go to Verizon today. I've been a loyal customer for nearly 20 years, but come on. They check some settings (wifi assist off, etc) and I spent half an hour on the phone arguing with one of their techs, and they want me to turn off cellular when I'm home and on wifi to see if it's still using data. Supposedly they're going to call me Monday night, we'll see if they follow through. They of course blamed Apple, said it could be a problem with the antenna. And the service manager comes to talk to me and suggests that it could be because they increased their data speeds recently. I don't get why faster speeds means running through data faster - I'm not an idiot, but can someone explain that to me? I feel like everyone keeps passing the buck and I don't know who is actually the cause of this madness...
     
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  3. kjotwani macrumors regular

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    Turn off wifi assist?
     
  4. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Wifi-assist has nothing to do with a massive data increase. You didn't say what phone and what IOS version, but on my phone after about a month, wifi assist uses 8mb. I have VZW.

    o Check your icloud settings to see if cellular is being used for backup.
    o Do you have a lot of voicemails, somehow visual voicemail uses cellular
    o look at the cellular screen and see what apps are using cellular
    o when you are on wifi, turn cellular off and see if that helps.
    o turn off apps you don't want to use cellular

    I'm probably forgetting a few but turning off cellular when you are on wifi should stop the problem although I'm guessing something changed on your phone.
     
  5. Mindbender14 macrumors regular

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    I saw the same article. Apparently it's affecting a pocket of users.
     
  6. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    Wifi assist's impact varies with the quality of the wifi. It's not a constant.
     
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    I wouldn't call an additional 800mb's in a month a massive data increase.
    I can blow through that in a half hour.
    Best thing to do is reset your cellular usage data stats at the 1st morning of your billing cycle and check to see what used most your data. Every single mb is listed there.
     
  8. Omen87 macrumors regular

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    Is it at all possible that someone has managed to get a hold of OP's IMEI and has duplicated it into another phone? Not sure if Verizon tracks data usage by the IMEI or the ICCID.
     
  9. slippery-pete macrumors 65816

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    Boost mobile might be the answer
     
  10. blaine07 macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering if their isn't some "bug" in 9.3.5? Is that even possible? I know this cycle I've used 48gb and have 7 days left. Normally I use 45ish gb for whole month. Last month I used like 52gb which is a bit more than normal(but I didn't think much of it) and I haven't been doing anything different than normal...
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What?
     
  12. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    Go to Settings -> Cellular and scroll down to see how much cellular data each app is using. I would suggest resetting it at the very bottom and monitoring the page. You can turn off cellular data usage for individual apps there as well.
     
  13. blaine07 macrumors 65816

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    [​IMG]

    So if I have never manually reset it 350gb would be life of phone or does system updates ever wipe it or anything or ?
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Trade Verizon for Sprint?

    Boost Mobile is an MVNO (owned by Sprint BTW) riding Sprint's network.
     
  15. kjotwani macrumors regular

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    Wifi assist does impact. And on top of it, sometimes reports wrongly. I had a similar issue and turned off wifi assist and never again had the same issue.
    Wifi assist might not be a solution in this case but in general it is a problem
     
  16. I7guy macrumors G5

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    How do you know it reports wrongly? I'll take your word for it but based on the description your home wifi has to be iffy to incur any substantial data usage)
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    I agree with this. Without Wifi assist you will use cellular anyway, except your internet connection will stop working before cellular kicks in.
     
  17. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    It's only reset if you reset it. If you've never reset it, the stats you're seeing are since day 1 of owning your device.

    I do so at the beginning of my billing cycle just to keep tabs on my apps/usage.
     
  18. blaine07 macrumors 65816

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    Can I ask a dumb question... Why doesn't it allow you definite cycle start day and reset itself automatically...
     
  19. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    How would the phone know when my billing cycle starts?
     
  20. blaine07 macrumors 65816

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    I have fat fingers... Excuse me. Why doesn't it allow the user to define billing cycle and automatically clear and track data usage itself by each period and allow a "look back" feature?
     
  21. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    My guess? It's just a buried feature that's there if needed but doesn't/won't get much more attention from the software engineers. Too much else going on (heck, Apple hasn't ever released a stock calculator app for the iPad.)

    Would something like what you're describing be nice? Sure, but I'm not bothered by setting a reminder with Siri once a month.
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It should. Everyone's billing cycle usually starts on the same date of the month. Would be nice if you can set it up and have the phone reset the data counts on its own;)
     
  23. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Really? I've never known/heard this before.

    @blaine07 , Most carriers have data measurement tools as part of their iPhone apps/widgets as well.
     
  24. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I remember bitesms had a feature like that. It would count all the texts for you and keep track back in the day where people had different amounts of text messaging packages.
    You put in the day your billing cycle started on and it did the rest automatically.
     
  25. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Ah, the "good" ol days of counting text messages and waiting until "nights" and "weekends" to call my girl.
     

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