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Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug? 202

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 Anonymous Coward on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:14PM (#34744936)

    this looks suspiciously like a routing issue.

    The main complaint is data is going over provider wireless when WLAN is available.
    If the first part of his forum he comments that it was a download from wap.cingular of 150MB which he feels should have gone through the WLAN.
    He's right.. If this is the case they will have to break the network stack out into separate data providers with separate gateways and make sure every program has a priority list of which provider to use since likely there is data send and receive that HAS to go through the providers wireless.
    I suspect if his download was from a network address outside cingular it would have used the WLAN.

  • by Renraku ( 518261 ) on Monday January 03, 2011 @01:41PM (#34745222) Homepage

    A few years ago I had a basic style flip phone. There were about six buttons on the face of the phone that would connect you to the internet and start racking up data charges with no confirmation. The start page was 500k of pictures and couldn't be changed. You also couldn't block data services from your account and instead had to pay something stupid like ten cents per kilobyte if you didn't have a data plan. So whenever you'd accidentally press a button, or the phone would press it as it was closing (yes, it would accept commands from these buttons if the phone was closed), you'd get about $50 in data fees assessed to your account.

    Any attempt to demand that they remove them was met by stonewalling and flat out hanging up on you. I got out of my fees by threatening to take them to court over it, and suddenly they were able to block data services from my account. That didn't stop them from adding extraneous data fees a while later, though, when I had a smart phone with a real data plan. Imagine the shock when I see, "Data plan: $9.99. Data usage: $624.33" on my account because their service sucked so badly.

    To be fair, I haven't had any trouble from them since then, and have never actually been forced to pay any of these fees since I threatened legal action..

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