Remember when Windows Phone 7.8 came out, and some users making the upgrade reported their phones eating way too much data all of a sudden? The software introduced some unwanted behavior in how Live Tiles update, and when icons for them couldn’t be successfully retrieved from remote servers, the phone would keep on trying, over and over, burning through a nice chunk of your monthly data plan in the process. We’re seeing shades of that again this week, with word of a new Windows Phone data-related issue, this time tied to Twitter and the People hub.
Apparently Twitter has recently started migrating servers, and specifically those that host users’ profile pictures. As a result, the People hub Twitter client is getting confused, and downloads these pics over and over again. That adds up to hundreds of megabytes of unnecessary data consumption, and if you’re already on a plan with not much data to spare, this could easily have you facing overages. It’s not affecting everyone – or at least not causing a big enough dent in data to make them take notice – but it’s very much happening.
Microsoft’s aware of the issue, and has done what it can to fix things by slowing down how often Windows Phone syncs Twitter accounts, but it doesn’t completely eliminate the issue. The only way to do that at the moment seems to be removing your Twitter account, so the People hub’s not checking it at all.
Ultimately, though, this should resolve itself, once Twitter’s server move is finished.