WP8 users report excessive data usage thanks to built-in Twitter app

In case you’ve noticed some increased data usage on your Windows Phone recently, know that you are not alone. Microsoft has confirmed that there’s an ongoing problem with the built-in Twitter client that results in increased net traffic.

The problem has been noticed during the past week, with users reporting data usage spikes coming from the People app. It seems like the issues stem from a back-end change made by Twitter which results in Windows Phones downloading Twitter users’ profile pictures numerous times instead of simply using cached versions.

Microsoft is already working to fix the problem having made some changes of their own. The People Hub is now limited to downloading users’ profile images only once a day, so the increased data usage should stop. Of course, removing the Twitter account also helps users keep a handle on things.

However, this is ultimately Twitter’s problem and until they fix the issues with their own servers, Microsoft can only address the symptoms.

Source: The Verge

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duddit2 said,
A strong argument for splitting the inbuilt hubs from the OS allowing them to update like apps?

I expect them to do that going forward, at least I hope, with 8.1 and seeing how carriers are so slow to push out updates. This will allow them more flexibility and not have us waiting for full OS updates to get changes.

There will always be this kind of issue. Updates breaking the compatibility too. Ms should really open up the Me/People Hub and let apps integrate themselves with it.

Steven Parker said,
Oops yeah now I remember.

thanks guys, im not really prepared to start flashing roms to the phone, its partly the reason i moved to wp...

it is just infuriating that this is somehow carrier dependant?? Does anyone know the technicality to it??

there should be an app that counts uploads/downloads, and associate it to an app... Every bloody other OS has it and its not carrier dependant....

I have the same problem with the tumblr app. 300mb (cellular) and 1.2GB (wlan) in 3 weeks and I used the app only twice. I can see it in the data sense app under tumblr.

darior said,
I have the same problem with the tumblr app. 300mb (cellular) and 1.2GB (wlan) in 3 weeks and I used the app only twice. I can see it in the data sense app under tumblr.

"review" and uninstall

darior said,
I have the same problem with the tumblr app. 300mb (cellular) and 1.2GB (wlan) in 3 weeks and I used the app only twice. I can see it in the data sense app under tumblr.

Disable the tumblr background task and all will be solved.

Steven Parker said,
*shakes fist at Twitter*

Data Sense! didnt even know you were there. I just found out that its Tumblr that's been using all my data on EE.

Deviate_X said,

Data Sense! didnt even know you were there. I just found out that its Tumblr that's been using all my data on EE.

Craptastic ATT decided to block datasense. Thanks ATT!!!