We’ve previously reported on the late night data usage which has plagued many iPhone owners. In the early hours of the morning, data packets appear to be sent to AT&T, when the phone clearly isn’t being used. Numerous attempts to ask AT&T about this occurrence has lead to the idea that the company has no idea what’s going on. Seriously, read comments on our previous post, and see some of the stuff AT&T has used to explain it.
It looks like we finally have a legit explanation. Gizmodo did a piece on the issue, and finally managed to wrangle a legitimate sounding explanation:
This is a routine update of your daily data activity on your device to ensure the accuracy of your data billing. Customers are not charged for data usage, given that no data session is generated. It’s not uncommon for devices that are ‘always on’, like iPhone, to process data event records for billing purposes after a certain amount of inactivity or after long periods of time. It’s also separate from how our system lets you monitor your data consumption.
So it doesn’t count against your data usage, thank goodness for that!