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Phantom Data Useage

I am using a Verizon MiFi for my work internet because I live in a rural area. I have one device connected to the hotspot and that is my computer. Each day, I run my Activity Monitor to see how much data is being sent and received by my computer and I compare that to what is being reported by Verizon. 

Before buying the MiFi, I was using my phone's hotspot and regularly used about half a gig per day. Since switching to the MiFi, Verizon is regularly reporting that I am using at least triple that, and often much more. 

For instance, yesterday my computer reported that I sent/received a total of 600 MB. Verizon reports that I used 1.6 Gigs of data. The day before that my computer reported about 1 Gig of data sent/received, but Verizon reported 3.2 Gigs. Why such a big discrepancy? 

Re: Phantom Data Useage

When you were using your phone's hotspot, were you leaving the hotspot activated 24 hours a day? With the dedicated mifi, are you leaving it turned on and connected 24 hours a day or turning it off when you aren't using your computer? 

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

Re: Phantom Data Useage
Customer Support

We want to make sure we have all the details to fully assist you.  Let's get to the bottom of this together.  Are you using any other devices with the Mi-Fi?  When did this first start (immediately after changing to the Mi-Fi)?  -Sean