iPhone Data Usage Update

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It’s been interesting to read the conversation around the post I wrote in October about iPhones using excessive amounts of cellular data.

For some people it’s a case of not realising they were on cellular while downloading apps. For some the data use seems to be happening at night, when the phone would be on standby and, annoyingly, not connected to WiFi. Another suggested cause is the iPhone sending diagnostic data to Apple, with the associated solution of turning that off.

Zoe, the friend who originally brought the high data usage to my attention, has posted about the steps she’s taken to reduce data use and the effect it’s had. I won’t reproduce her entire article, but a combination of careful app choice, closing them manually after use, and changing e-mail settings has drastically reduced her data use.

Have you experienced high data use on the iPhone? Have you taken steps to reduce it? Perhaps with some of the suggestions from this site or Zoe’s? If you’ve found a way to cut your data down to size, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. Backpacker57 says:

    Zoe claims infers that this solves the problem of phantom data usage and it does not– at least for the posters @ Apple Discussions http://discussions.info.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2450738&start=0&tstart=0 and then AT&T forums too: http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/Apple/iphone-2am-unauthorized-data-usage/td-p/1959513

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