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Master Geek

# 42234 1-Oct-2009 09:38
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Hey I’m just wondering if anyone has noticed their data being drained quicker since they started using Gmail push via Microsoft exchange.

I noticed I had 40mb left at the end of last month and after I setup Gmail push I ran out of data in a couple of days I just thought I used all my data from browsing etc so since I had no data left I turned off push because I didn’t want telecom charging me for excess data use but I topped up today since it’s the first of the month and XT renews your data and I turned push back on this morning and I checked my phone usage and it said iv used 0mb out of my 240mb for the month. One hour later after not using my phone at all except for a couple of texts I thought I’d check my data and it showed that iv used 4mb already, I haven’t used any data so my only conclusion is that Gmail push is using the data, also I didn’t receive any emails during that hour. I know push keeps a active connection all the time but is it normal to use this much data to keep that active connection??

Any feedback would be great, thanks.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 260265 1-Oct-2009 17:42
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I checked my consumption this afternoon and between 1:30pm and 5:30pm I had used 100kb send and 100kb receive (or thereabouts - the usage indicators only go to the nearest 100kb!). So I expect to use around 1.2MB/day (i.e. 6 x 4 hour periods @ 200kb / period = 1.2MB a day). Say less than 35mb a month. So your consumption seems quite high.

I guess it had a lot to do with the content of the emails, but generally, Push is probably not as efficient as polling if you only Poll the account a few times a day. if you are polling the account regularly, then Push is usually more efficient. Again though, if your emails contain a lot of images then you could expect the data consumption to rise significantly.

Cheers Mike


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Ultimate Geek

  # 260343 1-Oct-2009 21:50
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Dammit, push wont work for me... Do the emails push instantly or does it take a while?


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  # 260390 1-Oct-2009 23:30
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You have to have your email set up with Google Sync. Make sure that's turned on then enable it!

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  # 260623 2-Oct-2009 16:30
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I'm having the same problem... used 51 Mb's since yesterday... turned push off now

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Master Geek

  # 260648 2-Oct-2009 17:40
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Ok my usage has has slowed down now. I think it's because when you first turn on push it downloads all the messages from your inbox because when I first used it it was only shown 8 or so messages now it says 178 messages so it must slowely sync the whole inbox but even if that is true it shouldn't use that much usage just to download the messages cos it doesn't actually download the full content of the messages.

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Master Geek

  # 260884 3-Oct-2009 21:53
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Push is probably not as efficient as polling if you only Poll the account a few times a day. if you are polling the account regularly, then Push is usually more efficient.
Is this right.  Is push more efficent than using auto fetch every 15 mins?

Vodafone is still giving 3G of data so not an issue at the moment but when they switch that of, it will be more important.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 260893 3-Oct-2009 23:40
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Interesting, since posting earlier in the thread (i.e. 3 days ago), my consumption has totalled 3.6mb for the three days and that includes some web browsing and Google stuff, so I am wondering what volume of mail you are getting and how frequently mail arrives? My mail is relatively modest with only four or five new mails arriving a day - not including the spam of course.

Those of you with high data consumption - do you have much incoming mail?

Cheers Mike


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Ultimate Geek

  # 268971 1-Nov-2009 11:08

My phone has somehow used almost 4MB of cellular data since I topped up at 9.30am (I'm in WiFi range, too) so I'm blaming it on GMail Push. Probably will go back to Fetch.

Can people post their settings for push.. perhaps I had something turned on that uses loads of data.

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  # 269032 1-Nov-2009 15:04
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I used to have this problem but it's directly related to having push just set up. It seems to use much more data the first week you set it up. Other than that it seems to work fine.

Also Mak have a look at the Insomnia or KeepAwake toggle for SBSettings. It will always keep your WiFi on even when your iPhone goes to sleep..

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