Which is my real data usage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jamz00, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Jamz00 macrumors member

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    I'm trying to figure out if I really need unlimited data or if I should choose a cheaper plan. Problem is I don't know which is my true data usage. The first is from the "Settings" app and the second is from At&t's app.
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  2. vachargerfan macrumors regular

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    Top photo indicates lifetime usage if I'm not mistaken.

    Bottom photo indicates the amount of data used in your current billing cycle.
     
  4. Jamz00 thread starter macrumors member

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    So I've only used 4.3 gb? Since I got my phone on launch day? Interesting.
     
  5. PurrBall macrumors 6502a

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  6. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    Did you restore from backup? It just looks weird cause it says you have been on the phone for over 3 of the last 14 days. That would be an expensive plan. It looks like you never reset it when you got your phone.
     
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  8. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    Believe it or not, that puts you in the "power user" category. You know, the people AT&T keep saying are ruining the party for everyone else.

    Don't worry, so am I :cool:

    I figure, the harder we power users push, the more likely AT&T is to increase throughput ability on their network to meet demands.

    I pity the fool on a tiered data iphone plan :D
     
  9. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    So it is just showing you the usage from your old phone. If you reset the usage statistics what the phone says will be closer to what AT&T says.
    You should be able to look at the bar graph on AT&T's site to determine what your usage has been in previous months. If you never go above 200 MB then you can probably get a cheaper plan. You may want to decide if it is worth constantly checking your data usage and checking WiFi availability before getting a 200 MB plan.
    If you are closer to 2 GB some months then you may want to stay unlimited. You may also want to consider what you will use the phone for in the future (video streaming/calling over 3G, or using MyWi) before giving up the unlimited plan.
     
  10. err404 macrumors 68020

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    In my first month with my iPhone 4 (not restored) it showed 10GB down. According to AT&T I actually used 1.8GB. I don't think 10GB would be accurate even if you included WiFi data. There must be a bug somewhere.
    BTW - in the second month the numbers seemed pretty close to AT&T's figures. Maybe 4.01 fix something?
     
  11. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    in the phone you have to reset the statistics when needed to have them show correctly...

    I would go with the AT&T app since they are the ones charging you the $$$...

    I think the data usage on the AT&T app takes more than a day to reflect the use of the day before (I'm saying this since I see 3days stat on your iphone settings usage).

    Check your monthly bills and see how much you actually used at the end of the month not in between or 3 days later that is too short a time.... in-between month check is for people that might be scared of passing their monthly limit not for deciding a new plan....
     

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