Going over your data cap? Paying overages or getting throttled? Facebook could be to blame
posted by Alan F. / Sep 07, 2014, 3:27 AM
Recently, it was discovered that the Ice Bucket Challenge, designed to raise money to help fight ALS, has led to a ton of videos uploaded to Facebook. Many who were videod while getting drenched with ice cold water (as per the "rules" of the challenge), decided to upload the clips to Facebook.
But there is a solution. You can change the settings on your device to disable Auto-Play. Or, you can set your device to play these videos only when you have a Wi-Fi connection. On iOS? Go to Settings > Facebook > Settings > Auto-play > set to "Wi-Fi only" or "Off". If you're using an Android device, go to Settings > App Settings > General Settings > set Auto-play to "Wi-Fi only" or "Off".
Change your settings now, and you might be surprised how much data you'll save. After all, no one likes to get throttled.
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Notice how he didn't offer to help WP8 users.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 3:56 AM 6
Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011
WP8 is what it is... Neglected. And it'll stay that way until MS actually decides to invest in building their app economy. It's a beautiful OS being inappropriately handled.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 4:36 AM 7
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Invest in their app economy? You do know MS doesnt build all the apps, just like google doesnt build all the apps. Right now MS and BB markets are fighting a ship where people will pump out an app for simple market share. Not because it is ios./android/wp. With windows new app economy you can build an app for 3 different OS's and retain up to 80-95% of the code. Most of the code that is 'different' is the gui code and that is just duh. And with the new updates even the GUI might be handled by the dev tool next.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 6:49 AM 1
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My mother who has had a 1 GB data plan through Consumer Cellular for months now all of a sudden got a notification that she exceeded her data allotment. I urgently bumped her up to the 2.5 GB data plan and come to find out all of a sudden her Facebook app had gobbled up 800 MB this month. She'd never been over 100 MB used in a month before.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 4:21 AM 0
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YouTube videos can also be a culprit in users exceeding their data allowances. Nothing like a bunch of FHD videos being downloaded over LTE to hammer your data plan.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 4:23 AM 3
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In that case, you are choosing to watch a video, while the facebook app loads and plays the first seconds ov every video in your feed just to give you a sort of fancy preview, even if you're not interested in those videos at all. And it's active by default… dumbest thing ever made.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 4:40 AM 2
Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014
I got noticed by my cell operator that I consume over data on my daughter phone. And I why: Youtube excess on mobile data. Finally I was expelled by paying that because was first time but I was forced to move to next data contract otherwise I have to pay around 200 Euros. Nice for them.
posted on Sep 07, 2014, 5:15 AM 0
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