As most of you know, I’ve been tracking my monthly data usage on Windows Phone and the comments section of this blog was the impetus for a Microsoft investigation into spurious data usage by Windows Phone-based devices. (My most recent data usage report can be found here; I update this monthly.)
I received an email from Dave R. this morning noting that iPhone users can dial *data# (*3282#) from the device to receive an automated (and free) text message from AT&T that describes their data usage so far during the current billing cycle and some other information. And it occurred to me that this can’t possibly be device-specific but must instead by carrier-specific. And it is. You can dial this number from your Windows Phone, if you’re on AT&T Wireless, of course, and receive a mini data-usage report via SMS.
My last data usage report showed that I had used 415.32 MB of data for the (roughly) December 2010 time frame. Currently, we’re about 20 days into the current billing cycle and AT&T reports back that my January 2011 usage, so far, is:
Next Bill Cycle: 02/02/2011
Data (MB): 158.2 of Unlimited
Messaging: 23 of 200
Doing a bit of math, if my current rate of data usage remains constant, I should come in at about 250 MB of usage data for the full month. That is considerably lower than the last several months, so I’m curious to see what really happens. (And my math could be suspect too.)
Regardless, a nice little tip for any AT&T user.