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Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug? 202

Posted by CmdrTaco
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blarkon writes "Microsoft commentator and Windows Phone 7 Expert Paul Thurrott has reported a serious bug that indicates Windows Phone 7 is uploading up to 50 MB of unidentified data every day. The phone operating system apparently ignores Wi-Fi connections for sending this data, leading some Windows Phone 7 owners hitting their 2 GB plan data limit while doing little more than checking email and social networking sites. Thurrott has written a book on Windows Phone 7 and is unlikely to be making such a claim unless it has some substance. At the moment no one knows what this data contains or where it is going, though Thurrott suspects it may be related to the Windows Phone Marketplace."
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Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug?

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  • by gbjbaanb (229885) on Monday January 03, 2011 @12:59PM (#34744796)

    imagine if you couldn't use your phone because the network was always full of other people's traffic? People would be irate if this happened (well, more so than on new year's eve for example).

    There's a reason for cost-effective plans, and I'm sure the providers will increase the caps over time as they add more capacity, but until they give you more capacity than you need (not forgetting some people use it all, no matter how much you give them) then you'll have to put up with it.

    They may also charge you excessive amounts for the extra usage, and that's a money-grabbing scam, but the fact that limits are there is not anything a sensible person should consider out of the ordinary.

    Now, that your phone is sending 50Mb (fifty f***ing MB!) of data every day - that's shocking. That's truly shocking, how much xml crap does MS need to put in there? Have they forgotten that data is expensive and you can't treat as mobile phone like a desktop permanently connected to a Gb LAN? Software is so sloppy nowadays, I couldn't even think what 50MB of update/info data looks like.

  • by FooAtWFU (699187) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:03PM (#34744840) Homepage
    While it's one thing to charge people more to discourage excessive data use and maintain your network performance and the like, it's quite another thing to make it part of your business plan to charge unsuspecting users hundreds of dollars when they exceed that cap without realizing it. That's just exploiting people.

    See also: international data roaming.

  • by chemicaldave (1776600) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:03PM (#34744842)
    I believe some packet inspection is in order before we make claims like that.
  • by jthill (303417) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:06PM (#34744870)

    Debug code that didn't get turned off or something. 30-50MB bulk uploads in a kinda-regular pattern, and when she turns on airplane mode it seems to save them up.

    #2 suspect: somebody found a hole, it's been botted right out of the gate.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:10PM (#34744890)
    Some days I also wonder what Slashdot would be like without unsubstantiated claims.
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:16PM (#34744948)

    Data limits are a scam. They are a tool for cell companies to suck as much money out of their customers as possible.

    They are a reflection of the physical reality that you can only support so many people on a wireless network of any kind. You simply cannot (physically!) have everyone able to use the full bandwidth a phone is capable of, all the time.

    You have a lot more of a point in relation to wired networks, but for wireless networks tiered pricing was inevitable once they started being used heavily. AT&T was the first to do so, because they have the cellular network that sees the highest data load.

  • by Jerry (6400) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:25PM (#34745042)

    Apparently not. I don't hear any significant mass outcry against this, except from Geeks. I did see a lot of corporate drones spewing corporate propaganda about how the new rules would "keep the Internet neutral". Joe and Sally Sixpack aren't knowledgeable, or concerned enough, to care. Besides, you should know by now that the FCC isn't about protecting the American public from greedy corporations, its about helping those corporations maximize their profits beyond normal returns, after helping those corporations stealing control of what was a tax-payer funded and supported communication facility. The affect of bribing (a.k.a "Campaign Contributions") politicians in Washington was an "AT&T breakup" in reverse. Since FCC chairman are chosen from among ISP management and return to ISP management when their terms expire how could you expect a different result. The situation is the same in all of the regulatory bureaucracies, which is why our Republic has been replaced by a Cabal and the Constitution has been effectively gutted -- all in the name of "Security", of course.

    I pay $72/mon for a 12Mb/s guaranteed no-cap connection. That does not include phone or TV. A friend of mine in France pays $30/m for a 40Mb/s connection which includes free calls 24/7/365 to any other phone in France PLUS 200 channels of TV. The difference is greed. I have a fiber optic cable buried in my front yard. It was put there 15 years ago by my city government after it got tired of trying to convince the local cable and telcos to bring highbandwidth to the city. The cable and telcos bribed Congress to outlaw such "unfair competition" and in that Bill Congress gave the cable and telcos $200 Billion to finish what the local governments had started. Unfortunately, the bill did not contain a performance penalty clause, so the cable and telcos pocketed the money and promptly forgot about the fiber optic plans. Now, they are trying to maximize their profits on old Copper wire by trying to "two-tier" packets. The FCC's new rule allows tiering for wireless but not for Copper. The reason is also obvious -- force cable users to wireless, where telcos can squeeze even more profits from users.

    In the near future you can expect them to begin charging a monthly fee for each website you visit, along with a monthly data cap. Ten bucks per month for email, for Facebook, per RSS, 25 bucks for YouTube. All with monthly data caps that are so low it guarantees that the users will be pushed into expensive per Mb download charges.

    Joe, Sally, by being so stupid you asked for it. Now you are going to get it. Unfortunately, so will the rest of us.

  • by whiteboy86 (1930018) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:28PM (#34745078)
    ORLY??? Have you anything to backup that claim ? Or specify that "leak" website more ? If true, that could trigger a massive privacy related class action lawsuit against MS.
  • by thijsh (910751) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:29PM (#34745084) Journal

    ...or you can pay 23 bucks a month for an unlimited plan like I do at Verizon.

    ... until Verizon starts acting like a child and claims that 'unlimited' is not really what you and I understand it to mean...

    I have absolutely no trust that the price hikes are in any relation to the total increased cost of the bandwidth. Network upgrades should have been figured into the subscription already, if they claim now it's not sufficient they either underestimated the rise in bandwidth use or just neglected to upgrade the network accordingly... Either way it looks bad for a company whose primary business is communication.

    And do you really think the surcharge for overuse is based on any reality of economics besides greed? When you go over your 'pre-agreed' data limit and use some more it's suddenly gold being burned by 3G... To come back to your fast food analogy it would be like getting a single packet of ketchup with your $1,49 fries, and when you finish that and want more the next packet of ketchup will cost you $100.

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