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Old 06-23-2006, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just received my bill from T-Mobile for my 8700g for a month in which I spent 6 days in the UK and have had such a shock at the charges for data usage. There were a couple of days while "roaming" on the T-Mobile UK network they claim that my usage was 2.24 and 3.73 MB respectively (for which I was charged US$ 33.55 & US$ 55.96 respectively). It appears that T-Mobile are utterly unable to offer me any insight into what constituted the MB usage on any given day and that I have no way of requesting that they investigate the usage claims.

I have analysed my usage for the entire billing period and determined the following:

My average daily MB usage whilst on T-Mobile's domestic network over 33 days was 0.32161MB.
My average daily MB usage whilst roaming on a combination of O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone over 6 days was 1.4341MB.

I would like to be able to know what I supposedly did to incur such heavy data usage as to the best of my recollection I am convinced that I did not do anything particularly different from my normal average usage but T-Mobile is unable to give me any answers. I would like to know for two reasons. Firstly out of curiosity to enable me to feel comfortable that I have been correctly billed, and secondly to ensure that I don't do whatever they say I did again!

I have an unlimited data plan in the US and have to say I have been a very happy and satisfied customer of T-Mobile for many years. I have in fact been a customer going all the way back to Omnipoint days which even pre-dates Voicestream (1996 I believe I signed up, possibly even earlier). This, however, has really infuriated me.

The only thing I would like to know is does Google Maps or Google Local use up vast amounts of data? I did use it on one of those days from what I recall, but don't believe I used it any more or less than I normally do.
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True that Google Maps uses alot of data. You can see that in the splash screen by going to Help>About/Info.
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True that Google Maps uses alot of data. You can see that in the splash screen by going to Help>About/Info.
I've had my 8700c for about 10 days now, and have used Google Local quite a bit...the splash shows 2,067KB in that 10 days.
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True that Google Maps uses alot of data. You can see that in the splash screen by going to Help>About/Info.
Thank you.

Since I did a reinstallation of my handheld software which included reloading Google Maps on the afternoon of 15th June this shows I have sent 57KB and received 4252KB. That is a lot of data indeed but I do think that I have used it more heavily than I did whilst in the UK so am flummoxed at how T-Mobile UK reckons I could have used quite so much data in such a short time. I will experiment next time I am "roaming" and not use Google Maps to see how that cuts down on average usage.
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