We first heard in early January that some users of Windows
Phone 7 devices were experiencing higher
than expected "phantom" data downloads. Some users sat helplessly
as their smartphones ate through 30 to 50MB per day of data (even with no user
intervention) -- some even experienced higher data utilization.
Microsoft would later blame the anomaly on a "third-party
solution", and the company yesterday confirmed that Yahoo! Mail was
the cause of all the phantom data problems.
In Microsoft's official
response yesterday, the company made it seem as though it was a mutual
discovery and that the two companies were hard at work on delivering a fix to
Today, however, Yahoo! is firing back and has basically
thrown Microsoft under the bus over the issues. Yahoo! provided the following
statement to Ars Technica
regarding Microsoft's implementation of IMAP for Yahoo! Mail on Windows Phone 7
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 it looks as though no other smartphone platforms are
having a problem, leaving Microsoft with a bit of egg on its face with this
issue. For users that are affected by this problem, you can either follow
Microsoft's guidelines on how to alleviate the problem or wait for the
official fix that is coming in a "near-term end user update."
quote: ... leaving Microsoft with a bit of cake on its face ...