Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

Summary: Yesterday Yahoo! issued a statement regarding the Windows Phone 7 phantom data bug that's been causing users to burn through data on their WP7 handsets at an alarming, data plan busting rate. Today we get yet another statement, this time one that is shifting the blame onto Microsoft.

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Yesterday Yahoo! issued a statement regarding the Windows Phone 7 phantom data bug that's been causing users to burn through data on their WP7 handsets at an alarming, data plan busting rate. Today we get yet another statement, this time one that is shifting the blame onto Microsoft.

"Yahoo! Mail is widely available on tens of millions of mobile phones, including those running on Apple iOS, Android, Nokia Symbian, and RIM. The issue on the Windows Phones is specific to how Microsoft chose to implement IMAP for Yahoo! Mail and does not impact Yahoo! Mail on these other mobile devices. Yahoo! has offered to provide Microsoft a near-term solution for the implementation they chose, and is encouraging Microsoft to change to a standard way of integrating with Yahoo! Mail, which would result in a permanent fix."

So, no problem on the iPhone, or Android, or Blackberry or any other handset, just Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The other day Windows Phone 7 guru Rafael Rivera confirmed that the third-party service responsible for the over enthusiastic use of data was Yahoo! Mail, and showed how checking mail on Yahoo! servers could use 25 times more data than actually needed. Rivera blamed the Yahoo! IMAP server and the fact that it doesn’t respond to FETCH requests correctly. Now Yahoo! is shifting the blame back onto Microsoft.

If you're affected by this issue then while you wait for Microsoft and Yahoo! to implement a fix you can implement a temporary solution by following the instructions outlined in this post.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows, Social Enterprise

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  • Says it all

    "encouraging Microsoft to change to a standard way"

    Not the MS way.
    Richard Flude
    • of course the iphone/at&T charges are at&t's fault

      funny how iphone can have an issue sending data when everything but the phone is turned off and you apple lovers blame it all on at&T.

      typical "apple" way of doing things: make a problematic phone and blame it all on at&t!!
      Ron Bergundy
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @Ron Bergundy
        Apple lovers? Dude. Some guy and a lawyer.
        DannyO_0x98
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @Ron Bergundy

        To your comment here and below: So how did an issue with WP7 and Yahoo become an Apple issue. Please stay on topic TROLL.
        jakenhauser23
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @Ron Bergundy Hahaha! That's funny! It should be mentioned, though, that the allegation on AT&T is that it is showing data usage that's about 4% too much and the windows phone is using TWENTY FIVE TIMES as much data as needed to check email. Lol!!
        lelandhendrix@...
    • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

      @Richard Flude
      If the Yahoo is standard, why is it only Yahoo has the issue?
      Sounds more like Yahoo is the odd one out....
      ;)
      rhonin
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @zenwalker because they dont have this issue on the iphone, or android, or RIM, or symbian, or well every other phone, apparently M$ decided to integrate yahoo mail without actually talking to yahoo to find out the best way to do it...
        nickdangerthirdi@...
      • The problem is

        GMail and Hotmail don't have this problem on WP7.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

      @Richard Flude
      Again Yellow journalism that Google pushes to front of news concerning Windows Phone 7.

      So to the technical "journalists" out there, knock it off.

      This is simply when a user uses IMAP, concerning HTML emails, on something like Yahoo ( or even other sites).
      When there is a big banner, and multiple fails, there is heavy traffic - ON ANY DEVICE EVEN IPHONE!!!

      Now STFU already and actually look into it before you keep cut and pasting this bogus story!
      JABBER_WOLF
  • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

    Or you could just not use Yahoo Mail. It's not 1998 anymore.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Oh that's cold!

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 ... You also could not use Windows. It's not 1998 anymore.
      Mac 4eva!
      HollywoodDog
      • Its better to stop using Microsoft products

        Life is better, things work and you don't need to pay the Microsoft tax.

        So no, I side with Yahoo, dump Microsoft products any chance you get!
        Uralbas
      • so right hollywooddog!!!

        look at all the people who have ZERO problems with apple and Linux!!
        the message boards crammed full of complaints are all FAKE - just written by M$ employees!!

        you never see massive problems talked about on apples boards - and apple wouldn't delete negative posts (as there HONEST TO A FAULT) so the truth is it just works!!

        why is it only a handfull of geniuses like you and uranass below can see the truth!!
        Ron Bergundy
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @HollywoodDog
        The irony is Yahoo! and Microsoft are partners in search and advertising and Microsoft almost bought it.
        DannyO_0x98
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @HollywoodDog Macs came out before Windows machines.
        rlorenz
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @HollywoodDog
        Sad to say Win7 is way better than OSx....
        btw - Apple was before Windows.... makes it the "old one"..
        :)
        rhonin
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @HollywoodDog

        Or you could not use a Mac anymore. It is not 1984.
        notinkeys
      • RE: Yahoo! shifts blame onto Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 phantom data

        @HollywoodDog macintrash? nah, maybe if you removed OS X and installed ubuntu, but then why pay 1200 bucks for a substandard piece of hardware when you can get 3 times the power for half the price, so many euphemisms I think today I will go with a fool and his money are soon parted.
        nickdangerthirdi@...
      • <b><i><font color=red>Windows Botnet Infection</font></i></b>

        @HollywoodDog <br><br>Just wait until the MS Smartphones become infected by a Botnet and start sending 2,400 spam emails a day without their owner's knowledge.<br><br>People will be smashing their phones in the street and calling AT&T for credit on their data plan overages. "...I'm sorry due to heavy call volume..." You know the story.
        Joe.Smetona
  • You'll be waiting forever for Windows Phone to be fixed

    This IMAP data bug is one of hundreds of serious bugs in Windows Phone 7 that will never get fixed.

    Want to log onto a hidden Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows Phone 7? You can't. Want to use VoIP (eg Skype)? You can't, due to the Windows Phone 7 sockets bug. You also can't tether to a laptop, or even add a custom ringtone because of bugs that will never be fixed before the platform gets discontinued.

    Windows Phone 7 will make you want to pull your hair out. Microsoft rushed it to market unfinished. Half baked.
    Vbitrate