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    K so I'm very new to the Droid world and I've already made a thread involving the texting, but now I'm a little confused with how "data use" is calculated with the Droids.

    I just logged onto my Verizon Account (I don't have unlimited data, just 150 MB a month) and it's said I already used 11 MB since Thursday. When I looked at the detailed description of the use, it says there's minor usage at random times in the morning including .02 MB at 5 am, 6 am, and all other times that I was asleep and definitely not using my phone.

    What could have caused this and how can I fix it? I don't want my data being used when I'm not even knowing it. And while we're on the subject, can someone explain how I should be going about internet access? Like what's the difference between WiFi, 3G Mobile HotSpot, and the initially checked "Mobile Networks"? I know this is very basic and I should know it, but I don't so thanks!
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    I believe that if you use wifi your data will not be charged.
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    Use the widget power control. Then turn sync off. Your usage is from apps using data to keep up to date . Text and phone does not use data everything else does.

    Sync will stop apps from wasting data and will use data only when you want it.
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    gps takes data as well as sync, use the power widget thats preinstalled on your phone and uncheck sync and gps and youd be good to go
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    Thanks guys, I'll try all that and see how it works.

    I don't think I ever had GPS on though, but I'm not sure about Sync. When I looked on the power control widget nothing is green (on) except for the brightness. I'll see how this works out so thanks guys.
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    Previous poster is correct, using Wi-Fi on your phone will not use data, remember that. You should have the My Verizon app. If you have limited data or texts it will be invaluable to keeping up with your usage. Welcome to the Droid family. :)

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    Another neat app is 3G Watchdog. It monitors your 3G data usage and breaks it down for you. It can also be set to alert you when you get close to hitting your limit and its available as a widget too.
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    Oh I didn't know about that app. I might check it out to see how it is, but since I have unlimited data I don't really have an actual use for it. Lol. Although it might be interesting to see just how much 3G I use on a daily basis.
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    Yeah I have unlimited as well and its a good thing to because I use close to 1GB of data in a month. I saw this app and thought it might be useful to the OP.
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    Especially when you use Pandora a lot like me. =3
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    Thanks for all the replies everybody. I downloaded 3G Watchdog so hopefully that helps. I just checked my usage again and it's still charging me minor charges in the random hours of the night. I tap my battery widget and it says wifi is on, and I don't think sync is on because on my power control nothing is green.
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    That sucks. I feel its really invaluable now a days to have unlimited data and SMS.

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    Same problem

    Hey Morse, I have the same deal. However, my usage after TWO days is 35 MB. Of this 27mb was the second night I had it while I was a sleep and not using. I am on the 150MB plan as well. If I was to go over by that amount that would be $270.

    Keep watching the usage and re-post if you find anything out. I will do same.
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    You guys are nutz trying to make it on anything but unlimited with a Droid. Switch now or it will get costly fast

    sent from my refrigerator I'm hungry
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    Yeah it's so much better to just have unlimited. Droids are going to use data regardless because they use data to check for app upgrades and other stuff.
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    I'm doing just fine with what I have with my Droid now. I needed a phone for calls and texts, as well as advanced scheduling and task management because I'm a business major. I didn't really get the Droid for the internet and to check my FaceBook every 5 minutes, I have my laptop glued to my side anyways.

    I decided to just turn off the Mobile Network, and my data stopped being used all-together. Everything still works such as the phone, texts, etc. and when I need the internet I simply either turn on WiFi (because I'm usually at home or on campus where wireless is available) or I turn Mobile Network back on if there's no WiFi available. Works perfect for me.
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    Titans, I took your advice...just upgraded to unlimited for an extra $15 per month.

    Thx
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    google calendar with limited data plan

    morsecode: im about dead set on getting an incredible in a few days after months of research. i too will be on the $15 limited data plan and i am excited to use google calendar..however i am confused about when i am not online or connected to wifi, can i still view and edit my google calendar on the incredible? if so, will it then sync the next time im connected? thanks
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    I highly recommend the Incredible, I've had it for about two months and I love it!

    In regards to your question, I can't really give the answer you're probably looking for because I don't use Google Calendar myself, but I'm pretty sure that if you update you calendar while connected (through Wi-Fi or mobile network) the update will stay while you are offline as well for you to view, but I'm not sure if you'd be able to edit it without being connected.
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    your phone is using data even in sleep mode
    sending and receiving information from the tower's,
    smart phone's use data as bad as they use the battery,
    i have had the dinc for 3 1/2 weeks, when i check this
    a.m. it showed over 760 mgs used and it was three days
    behind on reporting.i agree with the above poster, if you have
    a smart phone,you need a smart plan......unlimited,it will pay
    for it's self and you don't have to worry about everything you
    do and don't do on the phone,then you can enjoy your new phone.
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