1. mwohrlin's Avatar
    I used to have a Blackberry Storm2 and my average data use was about 200MB/month. Ever since I got the iphone, my average data use has jumped to about 1GB/month. I feel I have been using the iphone about the same as I used the Blackberry. Both phones had wifi and I utilized it the same for both phones. Granted, I do download apps and such. But 800MB worth a month? Doesn't sound right. Has anyone else experienced this?
    09-21-2011 04:29 PM
  2. gkl's Avatar
    I have. I used about 600MB per month on my old Storm2. I used FB, RSS, Twitter, and Pandora (a lot) and still use it all on my iPhone. Now my usage has ballooned to 3.6GB (yeah, I said gigs). I am now getting throttled by Big Red and I am not liking it.

    Anyone wanna trade? iP4 for a 9930/9850?

    EDIT: Now I know why these things brought AT&Ts network to its knees.
    Last edited by gkl; 09-21-2011 at 04:46 PM.
    09-21-2011 04:43 PM
  3. Corey's Avatar
    If I remember my Blackberry knowledge correctly, doesn't the data that comes to your phone through a BIS plan get compressed? I believe that's what happens. You may be using the phone in a similar fashion, but without the server side compression, you're using using more data to accomplish similar functions.
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    09-21-2011 05:00 PM
  4. Eileen89's Avatar
    If I remember my Blackberry knowledge correctly, doesn't the data that comes to your phone through a BIS plan get compressed? I believe that's what happens. You may be using the phone in a similar fashion, but without the server side compression, you're using using more data to accomplish similar functions.
    You are correct, Corey. All data on a Blackberry device is processed through RIM servers. iPhone data is not compressed and therefore will use more data than a Blackberry would use.
    09-21-2011 05:20 PM
  5. Garz's Avatar
    I have. I used about 600MB per month on my old Storm2. I used FB, RSS, Twitter, and Pandora (a lot) and still use it all on my iPhone. Now my usage has ballooned to 3.6GB (yeah, I said gigs). I am now getting throttled by Big Red and I am not liking it.

    Anyone wanna trade? iP4 for a 9930/9850?

    EDIT: Now I know why these things brought AT&Ts network to its knees.
    yes iPhones are data hogs. At&t was not prepared for the iPhone the first couple of years. Much better these days.
    09-21-2011 05:28 PM
  6. Eileen89's Avatar
    yes iPhones are data hogs. At&t was not prepared for the iPhone the first couple of years. Much better these days.
    I think one of the main reason why it has been better on AT&T recently has to do with Verizon getting the iPhone, which cleared up some of the congestion on AT&T's servers. I would expect things to get even better once Sprint and possibly T-Mobile get the iPhone as well.
    Last edited by Irish Rose; 09-21-2011 at 06:24 PM.
    09-21-2011 06:21 PM
  7. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    I have. I used about 600MB per month on my old Storm2. I used FB, RSS, Twitter, and Pandora (a lot) and still use it all on my iPhone. Now my usage has ballooned to 3.6GB (yeah, I said gigs). I am now getting throttled by Big Red and I am not liking it.

    Anyone wanna trade? iP4 for a 9930/9850?

    EDIT: Now I know why these things brought AT&Ts network to its knees.
    Do you know for sure that you are getting throttled, and if so, how?
    09-21-2011 06:55 PM
  8. Eileen89's Avatar
    Do you know for sure that you are getting throttled, and if so, how?
    Verizon begins throttling iPhone unlimited 3G customers who use 2GB/month | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
    09-21-2011 07:05 PM
  9. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    Interesting. I knew about the top 5% but that is the first I heard of 2GB.
    09-21-2011 07:31 PM
  10. mwohrlin's Avatar
    If I remember my Blackberry knowledge correctly, doesn't the data that comes to your phone through a BIS plan get compressed? I believe that's what happens. You may be using the phone in a similar fashion, but without the server side compression, you're using using more data to accomplish similar functions.
    Well that's a bummer. I didn't know that. +1 for RIM on that note. But not enough for me to switch back.


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    09-21-2011 09:21 PM
  11. gkl's Avatar
    Verizon begins throttling iPhone unlimited 3G customers who use 2GB/month | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
    I suspected and called them and they told me I was "unusually high" with my data usage. To which I respond, "yeah, that's why I pay for unlimited data." But unlimited becomes very limited when you are forced to trickling data speeds.

    I smell a class action suit before too long for anyone on a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
    09-22-2011 12:31 PM
  12. Cheggy's Avatar
    iPhone data DOES get compressed if you use an app called ONAVO. It's free at the minute and I save around 1 gig a month
    09-22-2011 01:20 PM
  13. mwohrlin's Avatar
    iPhone data DOES get compressed if you use an app called ONAVO. It's free at the minute and I save around 1 gig a month
    Cool. Too bad its AT&T only. Hopefully they will support VZW soon.
    09-22-2011 04:37 PM
  14. Eileen89's Avatar
    I suspected and called them and they told me I was "unusually high" with my data usage. To which I respond, "yeah, that's why I pay for unlimited data." But unlimited becomes very limited when you are forced to trickling data speeds.

    I smell a class action suit before too long for anyone on a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
    Being limited after only 2GB of data usage does seem like it defeats the whole purpose of having an unlimited plan. I use a little more than that on AT&T but so far they haven't said or done anything about it.
    09-22-2011 04:42 PM
  15. _YoKolorMeBadd's Avatar
    I used to have a Blackberry Storm2 and my average data use was about 200MB/month. Ever since I got the iphone, my average data use has jumped to about 1GB/month. I feel I have been using the iphone about the same as I used the Blackberry. Both phones had wifi and I utilized it the same for both phones. Granted, I do download apps and such. But 800MB worth a month? Doesn't sound right. Has anyone else experienced this?
    For some odd reason, when I first got my iPhone I jumped from 500MB to about 3GB in just two weeks. I just think that the iPhone uses more data than a Blackberry, not exactly sure why tho.
    09-23-2011 01:01 AM
  16. Icyhot1966's Avatar
    I would say that if you are doing a lot of web surfing, iPhone will use more data than a BB per se, as it gives you a richer, fuller web browsing experience.
    09-23-2011 10:36 AM
  17. anon(5298)'s Avatar
    Verizon will not AUTOMATICALLY throttle your data when you surpass 2GB of data each month... Besides the 3G and "Unlimited" data factor (Which obviously applies to iPhone users who don't have 4G), they will only throttle you if you are on a tower that is heavily congested at that moment.

    It is not as if as soon as you hit the 2GB mark you will be throttled for the rest of the billing period... Only if you are tying up the network for everybody else.

    You always have to give up something to get something in this world and smartphone data falls under the same analogy..
    09-23-2011 11:07 AM
  18. gkl's Avatar
    Verizon will not AUTOMATICALLY throttle your data when you surpass 2GB of data each month... Besides the 3G and "Unlimited" data factor (Which obviously applies to iPhone users who don't have 4G), they will only throttle you if you are on a tower that is heavily congested at that moment.

    It is not as if as soon as you hit the 2GB mark you will be throttled for the rest of the billing period... Only if you are tying up the network for everybody else.

    You always have to give up something to get something in this world and smartphone data falls under the same analogy..
    True statement. Doesn't happen all the time. But when I was at the ASU game I was stuck with no data for the ENTIRE GAME! Really pissed me off.
    09-23-2011 05:53 PM
  19. icebox93's Avatar
    I used 200-300 MB a month in data on my old BB Storm but on the iphone I use about 800 MB a month and this month for the first time I'm going over 1 Gig. I find that I'm most definitely using the phone differently than I used the storm, because web browsing was very unpleasant on the BB, but is just the opposite on the iphone. So i do the same things I did on the BB, but more of it.

    As my usage is about 25% higher than usual this month, I wonder if some game i recently downloaded is hogging lots of data in the background. I don't have any pandora type app, and i rarely if ever stream audio over 3G.
    09-24-2011 08:21 AM
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