Verizon's data usage meter is inaccurate?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by slapple, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. slapple macrumors 6502

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    I just activated my new iPhone 4S on Verizon (had been with AT&T before) a few days ago. When I log in to my Verizon account, it says I've used 157 MB of data already. But when I look at the Cellular Usage on the iPhone 4S, it says 22MB sent and 122 MB received, so that's 144 MB total. Why is the Verizon meter saying I've used 13 MB more data than the iPhone says?
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Most carriers will tell you the the first month's usage is always inaccurate. And actually, any mid-month posting on the usage meter is considered an "estimate."

    Bottom line: usage meters suck, regardless of carrier.

    What data plan are you on?
     
  3. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Perhaps the phone is only reporting actual data count, and not including the IP (Internet Protocol) overhead, which would easily account for a 10% difference.

    Doesn't make sense though. The phone should report the count at the radio side.
     
  4. slapple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm on the 300MB plan. Yesterday I was doing a lot of speed tests with the phone, because the Verizon network seems kinda slow and my phone was dropping to 1xRTT a lot.
     

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