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3G Watchdog & AT&T Disagree

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cbasse, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. cbasse

    cbasse Member
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    I'm using 3G Watchdog to keep tabs on my data usage - I only have the 200 mb plan and don't want to move up unless I really have to.

    After using 3G Watchdog for a few weeks, I'm noticing that the amount of data used as reported by 3G Watchdog is far less than what AT&T reports - example, 3G Watchdog says I've used 39.87 MB since the start of my billing period, while AT&T says I've used 55.17 MB. I typicall use my home wi-fi, so I use very little 3G (exception yesterday when I was traveling). I also turn off 3G and wifi when I'm not using the phone.

    Anyone have any thoughts as to why the two would be so far off from one another? Should I be concerned that AT&T might be inflating my usage, or should I just accept it and assume 3G Watchdog is wrong?

    Thanks for your input!
     

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  2. sremick

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    3G Watchdog only starts counting from the day you installed it, while AT&T is counting from the beginning of your billing cycle. You'll need to wait a full cycle before they line up.
     
  3. looksbetterinred

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    Actually, you can set the cycle day within Watchdog and adjust the amount of data if you jump in the middle of a cycle in the settings.

     
  4. cbasse

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    My billing period just started, and I got 3g watchdog synced up with my billing period.
     
  5. idilium

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    that happen to my wife phone i have unlimited so i don't put to much attention to it but my wife phone was receiving and sending alot of data that we don't use.
    i try to call att but they never ever have a answer for this type of questions.

    maybe this is not a good answer if you don't want to pay the $10 extra a month
    but you will be very happy if you are having the 2k data plan you will enjoy the phone more. my wife is
     
  6. baddress

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    There are two things to consider:

    1) maybe there is packet / network overhead on AT&T's end of things that 3g watchdog can't count

    2) maybe 3g watchdog doesn't account for the AT&T "rounding up" of your data usage to the next reporting increment
     
  7. CrimsonPride

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    it will be off if you use a task killer and kill 3g watchdog, it wont be able to read the data going out
     
  8. alphadog00

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    you could try contacting the 3G watchdog publisher - find out if they are counting every byte or just application data - there is plenty of TCP overhead that they may not count.
     
  9. looksbetterinred

    looksbetterinred Well-Known Member
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    I doo have mine rooted and bloatware removed. With that said, watchdog is spot on for me. I check every few days against ATT.
     

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