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Used half of 2gb plan in 5 days, mostly in past 2 days at same times

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So, my boyfriend has had his Razr for several months now, using half his 2gb data plan at most in a month. We are now 5 days into a new billing cycle and just received notice he has used half already. I looked at his usage, mostly all small usage here and there. He has no apps, doesn't use Facebook or any social media, may check email once every few days. Here is what took place the past 2 days and this was the only data used on these dates, so this will tell you he barely uses anything data related: 8/26 11:15pm 0.17991, 8/27 5:15am 0.10815, 11:15am 0.00169 and 5:15pm 0.08532. I have Facebook, games, 2 emails and I barely use 2gb, but luckily I still have unlimited. I don't know if it's related, but last week his phone went into 3g and wouldn't go back to 4g unless he turned it off. It would be ok for awhile, then go back to 3g. The battery was also dying quickly when this was going on. Then one day it stopped doing this. I can only assume both of these complaints may be update related, but come on. If his data plan is going to be killed by crap he isn't doing himself, it's not fair that we have to pay for more data to cover for it!

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Those small amounts are not adding up to a GIG. What other amounts have been used and when?

What you posted makes me believe those are weather or email updates

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Here's just an example I copied and pasted, in gb amounts:

08/25/20124:47 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
08/25/20124:46 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00002
08/25/20124:45 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
08/25/20124:39 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
08/25/20123:22 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00017
08/25/20123:19 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
08/25/20123:02 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00028
08/25/20123:01 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
08/25/20123:00 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00004
08/25/20122:55 PMUSAGE BASED 2GB0.00001
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Looks like those advertisements are running in the background. Those free apps that are often poorly coded running in the background. Happens a lot. Most don't even bother coding in the back button to "exit" which in turn keeps the ads from running in the background.

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Those are normal sessions based on how a phone may be set up. Many small trasactions. But none of those will add up to 1GB

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Download watchdog app and let it run for a bit and tell me which app is running and hanging.

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Ahhhh, good point!

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I've never watched data before, because we've always had unlimited. Then his line went on hold for awhile and when he upgraded he lost his unlimited. Since then, I watch both our lines and it just baffles me that my phone with quite a few data using apps doesn't even use 2gb, but his with close to no apps is now over 1gb in 5 days. I'm getting email & Facebook notifications all day long. The only person that emails him is me...lol. Has to be the different phones or the ICS, which I'm still patiently waiting on!!

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Download watchdog app and see what apps is bugging out.  There's also an app I forget the name of that'll track each apps data usage and give you a general idea what App is causing the blips.

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'My Data Manager' will let you drill down to the app level - is that the one you're thinking of Tidbits?