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Old 07-29-2010, 08:18 AM
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There’s an interesting thread going on at the Apple Support Forums from a number of users who are finding that their iPhones seem to be transmitting data in the wee hours of the morning. Somewhere between 1 AM and 4 AM users are reporting anywhere from a couple of kilobytes to 75MB are being transmitted, and no-one really knows why. It’s far too large to be from visual voicemail, push notifications, or crash reports, and it seems to be hitting people consistantly.

Without official word from AT&T or Apple
, it’s not known what’s causing this data drain.


Any of our users experiencing big data spikes at odd times?.....

I checked last night and both of our Iphone's are sending out data in the middle of the night. WTF
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:46 AM
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:14 AM
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your smart phone is constantly communicating w/ Verizon/ATT HQ. Constantly checking for app & OS updates, updating GPS location. You can see data transmission spikes during the day too, but most should be at night. Would you prefer automatic updates to occur during the day when you want to use the phone? Or, would you prefer your phone to NOT update?

The only way to preven this is to shut the phne off at night.
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
your smart phone is constantly communicating w/ Verizon/ATT HQ. Constantly checking for app & OS updates, updating GPS location. You can see data transmission spikes during the day too, but most should be at night. Would you prefer automatic updates to occur during the day when you want to use the phone? Or, would you prefer your phone to NOT update?

The only way to preven this is to shut the phne off at night.
Secret Late Night iPhone Data Transfers?




I was browsing GDGT earlier today when I stumbled upon this interesting post. By what I can gather, after AT&T announced their data plan changes, this person started thoroughly checking their data usage. He noticed that his wife’s iPhone was making mysterious data transfers around 2:00 AM, and about 20 MB. This of course, should cause alarm to AT&T customers with 200 MB data plans.
It looks like others are chiming in claiming the same thing. Some are reporting that they called AT&T and that “they had no idea either.” Others say that 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM is when AT&T charges customers for data usage from earlier in the day. However, people in other countries report the same, 10 MB – 20 MB data transfers at the same time… MobileMe? Gmail? Perhaps, but 20 MB is an excessive amount of email/calendar/contact updates.
What it is exactly, I can’t find a consensus just yet. The iPhone was designed with unlimited in mind. Apparently some users are emailing Steve Jobs himself. Maybe we’ll learn more later.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:29 PM
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My phone does not "update" in the wee hours by itself. I need to hit *28 or somthing similar to update. I pay for my MBs and would be pissed off if my phone was sending data while I was asleep.
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My wife, daughter (20 y/o) and I all have new Iphone 4's. Can you tell from the phone itself, or do you have to check against the monthly invoice. FWIW, I usually shut my phone off at night, but wife and daughter leave them on 24/7 against my best advice...
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:54 PM
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Wow. I'd be pissed too if I was paying per byte. If it was an unlimited plan, I guess I wouldn't care. Or, I wouldn't care as much. Still wouldn't you like to know what Steve is downloading from your phone each night? This is eerily similar to TiVo, where users found out that their preferences and recording were all being transmitted back to TiVo HQ.

I have a Droid. I see activity on my phone via the "transmission icon" but I don't recall seeing any itemized things on my bill like this.
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Are the T-mobile iPhone users reporting this too, in that Apple support discussion, or only AT&T?
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