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    Default Why do 4g phones use so much data?

    OK, I am no power user and rarely break into 2g of data use a month. I have used the heck outta my Incredible and iPhone before and when WiFi tethering a few devices topped 2gb in a month.

    Now I get the Rezound for TWO DAYS and do nothing out of the ordinary and have used over 1gb in two days. What is it about the 4g phones that burn so much data? Thany God I have unlimited data!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrxoa1 View Post
    OK, I am no power user and rarely break into 2g of data use a month. I have used the heck outta my Incredible and iPhone before and when WiFi tethering a few devices topped 2gb in a month.

    Now I get the Rezound for TWO DAYS and do nothing out of the ordinary and have used over 1gb in two days. What is it about the 4g phones that burn so much data? Thany God I have unlimited data!
    Sense & Verizon bloatware. Ready to root, yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by humpagardengnome View Post
    Sense & Verizon bloatware. Ready to root, yet?
    Not, not going to root yet. Still in my 14 day window to decide if I want to keep the phone. If I keep it and root, is the Rezound as easy to root as the Incredible?
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    Default Re: Why do 4g phones use so much data?

    I don't see how sense and bloatware (if bloatware not being actively used) will cause excess data. I don't have a 4g phone but I think it's from being able to pull up pages faster, leading to more browsing. Also, with needing the data "faster" I can, picture the data being sent more "parallel" than "in series" which would send more in the same amount of time.

    I'm still a fan id root, but blaming data on sense is bs
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    Well I don't know what's causing it but believe me, I have not done any wild use of the phone. Heck the battery doesn't last long enough to do too much! LOL
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    half a gig a day is a lot, unless you are using skype, netflix, pandora, or other streaming, or doing some download. Normal syncs should go no where that high. Perhaps though, you were downloading a lot of apps?

    I am not rooted and on days when I don't stream or download, i hit no where near 500mb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny_d View Post
    I don't see how sense and bloatware (if bloatware not being actively used) will cause excess data. I don't have a 4g phone but I think it's from being able to pull up pages faster, leading to more browsing. Also, with needing the data "faster" I can, picture the data being sent more "parallel" than "in series" which would send more in the same amount of time.

    I'm still a fan id root, but blaming data on sense is bs
    You are correct on the online browsing aspect, that is the key contributor. However, are you telling me running services, system services, app permissions and how they all correlate doesn't add to data consumption? Your phone does alot of things in you don't see everytime you use it. Do you believe full internet access, view network state start at boot permissions etc.,. are just for show. There's good reason w/ you often see disclaimers that state using apps may contribute to data usage. Just cause you don't see it move the data count #s immediately doesn't mean it's not tacking on. Take a look through all stock app permissions, not just the ones you granted access but those you had no say in the matter. Honestly, Sense uses data constantly with apps and widgets, if they are in use.
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    Default Re: Why do 4g phones use so much data?

    I am almost always on wifi, but this afternoon I will be in a 4G area and not on wifi, so I am going to compare my numbers after I get home from before I left.

    Very interesting topic.
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    Here is just an app recommendation to screen what be going on in the.background. It willl collect data for both wifi & data use.

    The app is called Traffic Monitor and is what I use to monitor my data usage along with the myVerizon app as well to help measure data use.
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    Aside from the mentioned suggestions above 4g usage in return yields a better over all browsing experience so without even thinking about it we end up doing more surfing and other related tasks that we normally wouldn't attempt at 3g speeds.

    End result=more data used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zrxoa1 View Post
    Well I don't know what's causing it but believe me, I have not done any wild use of the phone. Heck the battery doesn't last long enough to do too much! LOL
    Sounds like what I experienced. Big help to me is turning off things I don't use especially if it's something that searches for signals. I don't use public wifi so when I leave the house I turn off my wufi. There were times I'd literally drain my battery just taking my dogs on a walk. Was ready to take my Rezound back and go back to my TBolt but got lots of help here on the boards and now I love my Rezound :-)



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    Went threw a gig just streaming YouTube videos. HD screen=hd content. More data

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    Am still on 3g in my area and use about 5 gig a month. Can't wait for 4g. Then I will have to get extended battery. I do have a lot of background sync off, so that helps.
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    I did my 4G test today.

    During the six hours I was out in a 4G area, I used 26.701 megabytes. I avoided any wifi for the test.

    I did not stream any video, but we were taking all kinds of pictures and posting them directly to Facebook and then going back out to Facebook to make comments.

    I also wore my battery down. I changed purses today before I went out and forgot to take my spare. I had to stop playing on the phone for a while, but I think I gave it a pretty good test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by humpagardengnome View Post
    Sense & Verizon bloatware. Ready to root, yet?
    If properly functioning, sense and Verizon bloatware while it does use data, should be nowhere near as much as 500mb per day. I have never seen that much and I have syncs quite frequently, weather sync every hour, email sync every 15 min. And I get maybe 50 emails a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    If properly functioning, sense and Verizon bloatware while it does use data, should be nowhere near as much as 500mb per day. I have never seen that much and I have syncs quite frequently, weather sync every hour, email sync every 15 min. And I get maybe 50 emails a day.
    Didn't think that post would be taken literally or even seriously for that matter. I enjoy friendly ribbing stock oem owners who raise the OP issue b/c ultimately have little say in dictating the background activities that do occur under the hood of Sense 3.5. Of course, that background crap can't affect data like 4g browsing and such, even opened to full bore syncing, instant updates, notifications etc.,. it's a whole different kind of data hog, small time vs big time.
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    The Rezound has a 720p screen the cause more data usage. Netflix and YouTube are gulping data now on my LG Spectrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessesmith8888 View Post
    Went threw a gig just streaming YouTube videos. HD screen=hd content. More data

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    Yea...I remember using Netflix somewhat on my Droid X1 and not really using that much data. Since getting 4G phones its using more data.

    And since web browsing is better we might just be using it more without really knowing. And 4G might mean more stuff happening on web pages vs on 3G.

    I also agree that depending on what apps or widgets are in use it can effect data usage. Those of us that got the RAZR found out the Moto music player was a data hog even when not in use. I do believe that some apps or widgets on Sense UI phones may play a part. It just might be more noticeable now that its 4G vs. 3G.
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    It doesn't matter how much you use if you have unlimited data, right?
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    Default Re: Why do 4g phones use so much data?

    Did you download your market apps over wifi or 4g? I have almost 3 hours of web use (work) a day, and that barely cracks a gig a month. YouTube is HD on ICS, but is it on Gingerbread I thought it was just high quality (48p)? What about music streaming? Pandora, google music? For real, sense for what ever people hate about it, is not gonna blow through your data like that.

    What about a rouge app? You have to be doing something to go through that much data a day. I flash roms, and will download the rom, and all my market apps over 4g. My current setup only ate up 300 megs, with the rom.
    Took the S4 update on purpose, so I could not mess with my phone.... so so so stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twolastnames View Post
    Did you download your market apps over wifi or 4g? I have almost 3 hours of web use (work) a day, and that barely cracks a gig a month. YouTube is HD on ICS, but is it on Gingerbread I thought it was just high quality (48p)? What about music streaming? Pandora, google music? For real, sense for what ever people hate about it, is not gonna blow through your data like that.

    What about a rouge app? You have to be doing something to go through that much data a day. I flash roms, and will download the rom, and all my market apps over 4g. My current setup only ate up 300 megs, with the rom.
    Youtube mobile and web both stream in 720p now if the phone supports it. On mobile, HQ is replaced by HD logo on the screen if it's 720p on GB as well.
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    i know im using 7-8gb of data a month since i got this phone, Pandora at work and netflix in bed so i can watch tv/movies and not disturb the lady. I think if i try, I can hit 10 this month

    Never could have come close to this on my old pre-plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slousifer View Post
    i know im using 7-8gb of data a month since i got this phone, Pandora at work and netflix in bed so i can watch tv/movies and not disturb the lady. I think if i try, I can hit 10 this month

    Never could have come close to this on my old pre-plus.
    I couldn't afford this phone if unlimited 4g data plans got axed. I was under 10gb in Dec. & Jan. Netflix usage in Feb. cranked it up to 17gb. Mar. brought YouTube in 720p. I ended up w/ 24gb on the month. 4g + Data consumption, perusing HD content, is downright ridiculous.
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    I thought I would revive this old thread to ask if anyone else is noticing a problem with their data usage per the MyVerizon app?

    I have been on 4g since 6-3 with absolutely NO WiFi. That is when my new billing cycle started. I have been playing several games (dice with buddies, words with friends, draw something...) Streaming Pandora and YouTube and even a little crackle. I have used my phone exclusivley for internet surfing and forum hopping.

    Yet my Verizon app says I have only used 500+mb of data! Anyone else having this going on? I wonder if Verizon is screwing with the app to lull me into a false feeling of data usage so I give up my unlimited data....

    I did unlock and root my phone a few weeks ago. Could I have done something that caused this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrxoa1 View Post
    I thought I would revive this old thread to ask if anyone else is noticing a problem with their data usage per the MyVerizon app?

    I have been on 4g since 6-3 with absolutely NO WiFi. That is when my new billing cycle started. I have been playing several games (dice with buddies, words with friends, draw something...) Streaming Pandora and YouTube and even a little crackle. I have used my phone exclusivley for internet surfing and forum hopping.

    Yet my Verizon app says I have only used 500+mb of data! Anyone else having this going on? I wonder if Verizon is screwing with the app to lull me into a false feeling of data usage so I give up my unlimited data....

    I did unlock and root my phone a few weeks ago. Could I have done something that caused this?

    Sent from my ADR6425LVW using Tapatalk 2
    I can do over a 1gb in 60-90mins. easy using Crackle, so IDK? Has it been updating with use along the way or has it been stuck on 500mb for awhile?
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