01-14-2011 08:27 AM
We can't protect ourselves, I was told at the Bell Store that I was going to be accused of lying through the whole process and I'd have to fight. Right now they've switched me to my Pearl until they can look into it but I keep getting told this is unheard of. I also keep being given different contact numbers and none of them are helpful and all of them ask the same questions I've answered before. There is no way to prove how I am or am not using the data, all I know is that the days I have huge surges are like all other days of the month when I use less than a mb. I'm not tethering, have never looked at a video or downloaded music, or listened to podcasts. If it continues I'll either have to get an unlimited plan for the next 3 years or buy myself out of the contract for $400 and switch to Rogers. I have this "great phoen" with all these useful features and I don't even want to connect my social feeds or gps for fear of another data hit. Bell already made it clear they will only credit me once for the overage.
01-14-2011 08:30 AM
I'm just sooooo frustrated!!
2 of the surges happened while I was at home with the wi-fi turned on. My understanding is that when I'm at home the data usage switches to wifi. There is no explaination for it and I'm so sick of dealing with Bell reps assuming I'm either lying or a techno **bleep**
01-14-2011 08:32 AM
Great idea! That is also my next step....too bad because I really like the calorie count app by fat secret and that's the only thing I've downloaded other than bejewelled.
What a pain!
03-02-2011 01:34 PM
I don't have a Blackberry, but used a Bell stick for my home computer (We don't get broadband on our acreage). My first bill was for $1,750.00 and all I'd done was receive e-mails - and not even the ones with pictures or videos. My bill stated that I'd used hours of data time in the middle of the night. I fought with Bell and eventually got them to drop most of the charges. I paid them more than I owed, but they still put me in the hands of "Collections" because they wanted another $80+. I never paid them and finally wrote them to "Cease and Disist, or put it in Court". It finally ended. Apparently this is a common problem with Bell. They suggested that maybe a neighbour was picking up the signal etc. etc. As with other people, every time I called I got a different person and had to go through the whole story again. I spent hours on the phone getting it sorted. I now use Rogers!
03-02-2011 06:24 PM
I had the same problem last month with my iPhone4. I was notified that my AT&T account had a large internet transmission. (1.5MB). I have only 2 MB on my plan. The next day I had another transmission for 1.75MB ! All these transfers were done at around 1: 00 AM. ( I was asleep).
I called AT&T, and they were very accommodating : Checking my normal usage indicated that I do not use such high amounts. They deducted the amounts, and I was not charged. They were very professional about it. However, I now check every so often ,to see if this recurs.
I think it may have been the iPhone. I am getting a new Torch 9800 tomorrow, I need my Blackberry!
03-02-2011 06:35 PM
My phone was using 300-500mb at a time, which is huge. Bell ended up coaching me through reinstalling my OS and I haven't had a problem since. Their best guess was an app was acting as a tether and bleeding data usage. My wifi also wasn't connecting properly so all my data was radio instead of most being wifi. Make sure you don't grant anything trusted app status, it isn't necessary. I may have made that mistake. I now check app reviews and data usage reports before downloading. The best free download I've had on my Torch is network traffic control 2.0. It tracks all your wifi and radio traffic and you can have it alert you when you approach your maximum usage. I don't do much on the Torch and my wifi use is still almost 150 mb so keep a close eye in those first few months, make sure your wifi is operating automatically, and save your downloads for when you're connected to wifi! I really do love the Torch now that the bugs are worked out
Hope that helps
03-02-2011 06:44 PM
Just as a side note...
The Smartphone like the Torch and even more so the Iphone, use a lot of data in their operating systems and downloads so you may want to really consider more data. Even with only a few hours a day max not connected to wifi and my radio traffic was over 3 mb. I just know how much those overages cost. I have 500mb and there was barely a price difference when I changed from 5mb which wasn't enough for my Pearl previously.
03-02-2011 06:50 PM
Thanks for the info. My iphone was OK for the first 4 months or so. (Before the large transmission barrage.) I don't go on the web that often, so I should be ok (I hope). I think I may have had an app that continually ran data. The BB 9800, while not able to multi-task, is able to close each app as you finish your work, or try to open another app. Thanks again. This forum is much better than the Apple Forum.
03-03-2011 08:47 AM