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How Accurate Are Data Counters Like 3G Watchdog?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Al_Jolson, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Al_Jolson

    Al_Jolson Lurker
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    Is anyone who is using 3G Watchdog or NetCounter actually receiving accurate stats compared to what Orange are showing on their OrangeWorld "Your Account" section?
    I have been using my new HTC Hero for just over 2 weeks now and Orange are saying that I have used 422MB of data. This seems ridiculous to me as I only automatically check email once per hour, surf to the extent of anyone with such a new gadget, and spend every evening at home connected to WiFi from about 6pm onwards.
    I phoned Orange one day last week and they advised that I had used 310MB up to that point, so I immediately downloaded 3G Watchdog and started it running. Since then, it says that I have used 36MB in the same period that Orange say I have used 112MB.
    I also use NetCounter, but as I didn't reset it last week, I can't make any specific comparisons. However, on a daily basis it always agrees with 3G Watchdog to within a few KB.

    I know I will need to phone Orange to sort this out, and I am certain that they will tell me that downloaded data counter apps cannot be trusted. I'm not sure how I can prove to them that their data readings for me are wrong.

    Any ideas?

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  2. cranky_dan

    cranky_dan Well-Known Member

    I'm using 3G Watchdog on my droid, and from install to now, it shows I've used 163mb. I've been installing/uninstalling apps like crazy, light texting, no videos, no streaming anything. (well not a large amount...)

    The developer for the app is a nice guy, email him and ask. I'm sure he won't be offended.

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