iPhone 4s data use nightmare!

There’s no getting round it Apple do make the best stuff.

If your constantly mobile, running a website is impossible without an iPad, it’s great to use, quick and easy,

BUT it’s hammering on the data usage.

Three months ago I upgraded to the iPhone 4s and have been clobbered by bills for Internet usage, coinciding with the cap on 1GB for data usage the iPhone has become almost unusable on the Internet.
Some days I seem to use 500MB of data and that’s just by answering emails and checking the website. I never use video and I have given up on Spotify.

When yomobs raveling and use your iPhone this is a real pain. I ring up O2, my provider, and they say go to a free wifi zone… what if you always have to move about?
This situation spells the end of Spotify – what’s the point of Spotify premium if if you can’t use it?

I’m thinking of downgrading my phone, ditching Apple and iPhones and getting one that just does phoning and no Internet, it’s the same as what I have now after ten days when the internet is cut off and far cheaper.

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  1. I’ll second what Barry Douglas says. It’s your service provider that’s the issue here, as the data allowance on their talkplan seems meagre, they are presumably charging you high run-on rates when you exceed the data limit. There are plenty of plans that either offer unlimited data or just slightly restrict your sevice when you run out of allowance so you don’t unwittingly run up charges unawares. See if O2 have a similar plan or bolt-on.

  2. Take a look at GiffGaff John, I just ditched my Orange contract for a GiffGaff SIM – unlimited text, data and 200 mins for a tenner a month, 30 day rolling contracts.

  3. I’m away from home quite a bit, and manage my life (and website) with a Blackberry and a cheap “netbook” type mini-laptop. I know PCs and BBs aren’t as cool and fashionable and shiny and covetable as Apple, but they do the job, and at the end of the day I’m a boringly practical sort and that’s all I ask of any piece of equipment.

    Away from home I type emails, articles, reviews, etc on one or other of them and move things between them with a cable or by email (depending on the “thing”). For basic internet use all day every day on the move, things like getting information, email, facebook, twitter, maps, timetables, buying stuff and sites that don’t involve a load of flashy stuff the BB does just fine and – as you can disable images (crucially not an option on the I-phone, which is where you really start to rack up the fees*) roaming data costs are tiny. Anything bigger or which needs images, I do wait for free wi-fi – you’re rarely far these days from a well known corporate coffee chain that rhymes with Far-Fucks and whilst they may not like you hanging about just outside using their connection they can’t stop you. Although I usually have to eat at least once a day while travelling, so will choose cafes and pubs that have it.

    * My other half has an I-phone and when the global BB network went down last year while we were in Germany we managed to run up £100 data charge in 3 days just doing what I had always taken for granted. I have no brand loyalty, am interested only in what something does; the network outage was a massive inconvenience to me and I came as close as I ever have to “going over to the dark (or rather shiny-white) side” – until I saw said bill.

  4. All Wetherspoons pubs have free wi-fi (The Cloud).

    O2 are robbers — after you’ve reached your data limit they hammer you per gigabyte thereafter. It’s very, very expensive. ‘Unlimited’ data use *isn’t* unlimited — most have a Fair Usage policy and a higher limit, that’s all.

    Your complaint, John, should be levelled at your supplier O2 — not your iPhone 4S.

  5. 3 seems to be the way ahead! i went with them yesterday cheaper per month and all you can eat data.
    its a no brainer!

  6. It’s actually both your device that’s the problem & your provider. You need to check out Giffgaff if you aren’t locked into a contract. Tell your provider you want your phone unlocked then use this link: httpss://www.giffgaffmicrosim.co.uk/ to get a micro Giffgaff SIM card.

    Meanwhile turn all your ‘Push’ notifications when you leave the house or do what I do & turn data off in Settings permanently, only turning it on when I really need it. You probably have tons of emails pushed to your phone every minute which ramps up your data useage up. Plus there’s the new notification centre pushing all sort of shit to your phone every second. Personally I suspect the notification centre was Apples way of appeasing providers when they introduced iMessages – took away providers ability to fleece you with texts but added the ability to fleece you through data. I started turning data off & my usage went from 300mb / month to 50mb / month.

    I also used to use the O2 App to check my data usage daily to find out exactly when I was using data most. Its the info’s only about 6 clicks away.

  7. I’m new on o2 and own a iPhone 4s, and its annoying me big time. 1GB of data a month! Fair usage! There’s nothing fair about it!

    Its like owning a Ferrari and having 1 litre of fuel a month!

  8. If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

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