Fake car auctions and disappearing data: Wendy Knowler’s 'watch-outs of the week'

Fake car auctions and disappearing data: Wendy Knowler’s 'watch-outs of the week'

2021-12-04 03:57:00 PM

Fake car auctions and disappearing data: Wendy Knowler’s 'watch-outs of the week'

In this weekly segment of bite-sized chunks of useful information, consumer journalist Wendy Knowler summarises news you can use.

is“disappearing”Many subscribers claim that their cellphone data or airtime mysteriously “disappears”, despite their devices being inactive.The networks blame apps running in the background, Wasp subscriptions and more. But how does an ordinary consumer keep track of what’s really going on?

Happily, the tech fundis at MyBroadband do the tests for the rest of us.For the third time this year, they conducted disappearing airtime and data tests last month on Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C.They used three identical Huawei Mate 20 Pro devices to ensure an equivalent testing environment for all operators and all three devices were updated, and factory reset.

“My Data Manager” was installed to have a second opinion on data used during the test.All updates were disabled, and all the apps were individually denied mobile network access.Mobile data was switched off, and the phones were connected to a stable Wi-Fi internet connection for the duration of the test. VoLTE and data roaming were also switched off. headtopics.com

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They used SIM cards that had been active for some time with varying levels of airtime and data.All the SIM cards were checked to ensure that no WASP services were enabled that could use airtime or data.The phones were kept in the same office for the duration of the test, and only USSD balance checks were performed to check data and airtime.

During the weeklong test, none of the devices showed mobile data use in the built-in Android settings or the My Data Manager app.No mobile data was used on the MTN and Vodacom phones, but small amounts of data disappeared throughout the Cell C test.No airtime was lost on any of the devices.

According to MyBroadband editor Jan Vermeulen, Cell C’s chief technology officer Schalk Visser said they recorded what he termed “valid chargeable usage” on their data network for the test device.Visser said Android smartphones may use mobile data while connected to an LTE (4G) network, even when the connection is disabled.

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“Under the 3GPP LTE standards, data traffic is possible across the 4G mobile network even when the ‘mobile data’ setting is turned off,” Cell C said.Vermeulen says MTN and Vodacom had the same issue some time ago, but both had since remedied that.  headtopics.com

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