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Topic # 91580 16-Oct-2011 09:06
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I read someone who noted a huge spike in their broadband usage after installation of iOS 5 and iCloud who couldn't work out where the data had gone.

My situation is that yesterday I installed iOS 5 to 4 iOS devices but didn't download any of the ipsw files (I already had them on a USB drive and each time pointed iTunes to the locally saved files so it didn't have to download the ~3Gb worth of update files.

One iOS device appeared to commence an iCloud backup including 2-3Gb worth of photos but minutes later I realised what was happening and stopped it and deleted the backup. Within the few minutes I suspect that I wouldn't have been able to upload much of the backup over ADSL.

The devices were subsequently set up to backup information only to iCloud (eg. contacts, reminders, mail) but NOT actual device backups, which are set up to sync to a local machine over WiFi.

This morning my internet stats show a huge spike to 1.3Gb download and 157Mb upload.

As a comparison, this month the highest recorded daily usage is 643Mb down and 48Mb up.

Any ideas what's going on here?

The original anecdote I posted above is of a person on my twitter who said:

“This whole iCloud thing's gonna be murder on NZ data caps. Apparently we've used 29GB *today*. Done v little other than updates/iCloud sync” 

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  Reply # 533906 16-Oct-2011 09:15
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Welcome to low caps world and worrying about usage. On another hand I switched my plan from 500MB to 1GB when upgrading Windows Phone to Mango, because I know it will just use more. Smarter devices = higher usage.






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  Reply # 533908 16-Oct-2011 09:16
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freitasm: Welcome to low caps world and worrying about usage. On another hand I switched my plan from 500MB to 1GB when upgrading Windows Phone to Mango, because I know it will just use more. Smarter devices = higher usage.

Ok but how does this explain how this data was used when I wasn't downloading anything? 

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  Reply # 533911 16-Oct-2011 09:28
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I'm not explaining. I am just saying that if I have a smartphone, I'd expect usage to increase with each newer version comes out. Want to use cloud stuff? Sure, the cost will be more data usage, either fixed or mobile.

You can tweak it to use this or that (as you did, by not doing backup online, etc)... But just a cautionary advice, it will happen... Things you don't know are happening behind the scenes will start happening.




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  Reply # 533913 16-Oct-2011 09:37
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If you have a Mac then did it download OS 10.7.2?



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  Reply # 533915 16-Oct-2011 09:41
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DeroyBoy: If you have a Mac then did it download OS 10.7.2?

Hi I'm on 10.6.8 and on manual updates for system. 

There were some App updates but only a handful and nothing huge in size. 

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  Reply # 535447 20-Oct-2011 08:57
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I've just been data gouged since installing iOS 5 yesterday. 400megs vanished overnight of 3G data. I'm on a 1gig plan so won't hurt too bad. I've been in wifi range so not sure what the glitch is.

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  Reply # 535448 20-Oct-2011 09:08
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Its funny that the OP says he "wasn't downloading anything", then goes on to talk about stuff being downloaded...

If you are doing *anything* on the internet via TCP, you are downloading (and uploading).

If you have 4 iOS devices, and at least one PC (personal computer), then the data usage you indicated while you are doing initial device syncs (despite being user data only), plus app updates is certainly nothing out of this world.







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  Reply # 535449 20-Oct-2011 09:14
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1eStar: I've just been data gouged since installing iOS 5 yesterday. 400megs vanished overnight of 3G data. I'm on a 1gig plan so won't hurt too bad. I've been in wifi range so not sure what the glitch is.


You can set up iCloud to only use WiFi... 



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  Reply # 535516 20-Oct-2011 11:15
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@tonyhughes It's funny that you comment about the OP without reading it properly. I didn't download any ipsw files (the large update files). These files are ~700Mb each and can't be attributed for the data spike. Which is what I said.

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