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#1 Wh0

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 08:44 AM

Every month it seems I use more and more data.  I don't use my phone to download music or play any interactive games.  I do browse this forum.
 
Last month I disabled all my apps in an attempt to see if shutting off the use cell data unless I specifically want to use a particular app will make a significant difference.
 
I have Verizon any tips anyone can offer, I may have to go back to just using my phone to talk, what a bummer that would be.

Edit: Moved topic from Service Providers to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:14 AM

Found this article yesterday.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150401093623.htm

 

 

When compared to apps without ads, the researchers found that:

  • Apps with ads use an average of 16 percent more energy -- but up to 33 percent more. That lowers the battery life of a smartphone from 2.5 to 2.1 hours on average -- or down to 1.7 hours at the high end of energy usage.
  • A phone's Central Processing Unit (CPU) is like its brain -- and ads eat up a lot of that brain power, slowing it down. Apps with ads take up an average of 48 percent more CPU time -- 22 percent more memory use and 56 percent greater CPU utilization (the amount of time the CPU was used).
  • Because the ads themselves are content that has to be downloaded, apps with ads cause smartphones to use much more data -- up to 100 percent more, in some cases. On average, these apps use around 79 percent more network data, costing an estimated 1.7 cents every time they're used (based on the average cost per MB charged by AT&T).

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:38 PM

I don't now a great deal about smart phones - I don't have one - but as I understand it you have the option to connect by wi-fi if there is a network within range and data transferred by wi-fi doesn't count against your data limits. It may be the case that you need to change your settings to make the phone choose wi-fi preferentially when it is available.

 

One thing you do need to bear in mind is that if you are using a public wi-fi network it is a good idea not to do anything sensitive on public wi-fi. So if you must do your on-line banking when in the local bar or coffee shop - switch to the phone system.

 

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 03:32 PM

They way to troubleshoot bandwidth usage differs between Apple products and Android ones. What type of device do you have? That will help us determine how to offer suggestions. And likely have your topic moved to the appropriate forum.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 09:41 AM

I have an iPhone C, I installed an ad blocking app (Adblock Mobile for IOS) , I quit playing wordfeud, I turned off backround app refresh and use cell phone data on all idle apps.

 

Before checking my facebook page as an example, I turn on app refresh, use data etc and then turn those off after I exit the app.  I use less than 2 gigs of data every month now.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 02:15 PM

Turn off the WiFi Assist.  Settings Cellular at bottom of page.  it uses your Cellular data when Wifi connectivity is poor.  Hopefully that helps. 






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