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# 136378 25-Nov-2013 13:00
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I have an iPhone and I'm with Vfone. Recently I was woken up at 4am by a VF text message warning me I had just 50MB of data left. The phone was red hot. It seems the youtube clip I was watching apparently [I still don't know], carried on playing [perhaps - dunno], after I'd finished watching it and put the phone down; then went to sleep. The app was still running in the background a, although I had closed yTube, it runs in the 'tray' with other apps that need the double HOme button tap and then hit the X to fully close. Hope you followed that....

I have wireless coverage throughout the house but somehow the phone switched to 3G [wirelsss still working throughout the night], and so data was being sucked dry - exactly what was happening/running I don't understand.

Anyway, annoyed at losing all my data plan in just a few hours, on speaking with VF they advised that every time, day or night, I am not using data I should turn it off. This means going through: settings / general / cellular / cellular data -> turn this off/on - each and every time I want to browse/email/maps/etc.

This is a function I've never had to do in the 4or5 years I've had an iphone.

Does anyone go through this scenario [turning data on/off]  each day?

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  # 940305 25-Nov-2013 13:08
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No, never. I think Vodafone are just covering themselves by giving this advice.

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  # 940307 25-Nov-2013 13:09
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I never turn it off.

However, on my Android Nexus 4:

Settings -> Data Usuage
I have restricted mobile data usage on a few of the apps. (youtube/google play store/updates etc...)

This prevents certain apps from using my data when wifi is not available.
I have alos setup a mobile usage limit and a usage cycle which matches my Vodafone smart data plan.


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  # 940318 25-Nov-2013 13:15
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I've had that YouTube issue before; about a year ago a friend sent me a 10-hour loop of "nyan cat". After 10 seconds I hit Home, and it continued to download the rest of the video in the background...

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  # 940323 25-Nov-2013 13:20
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As an aside, I think the phone will shut down the WiFi connection when the screen locks, in order to save battery power by running 1 less radio - I guess the assumption is that any data used while the phone is locked would generally be more trivial amounts, such as email etc.

Might explain why it used 3G rather than WiFi, but not why it kept running in the first place...

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  # 940341 25-Nov-2013 13:41
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I use to turn it on and off all the time when my data allowance was miserable 100MB, but now data is not so much of an issue I leave it on. That said I am paranoid about making sure it is actually using wi-fi when I am at home. I have been caught out a few times when for some reason it hasn't connected to the wi-fi or like you disconnects from wi-fi when in standby and then fails to re-connect. I am also quite keen on clearing out the system tray of all apps on occasion to make sure they are all closed properly...semi - OCD ish I know!

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