The majority of it was not triggered by regular app and systems process. You probably won't believe me but I'll tell you anyway (the short version).
The excessive ping is a "Google thing" I've been dealing with about a week and a half after I got this device. I was troubleshooting the issue for over a month before I could actually confirm Google as the source. My cell provider didn't care because it was out of their hands, after saying it appears to be malicious behavior. Google tech support admitted they the source of the excessive hits my Android system was taking and stated it was due to "security".
Left me paranoid. So far, no matter where I go for assistance, once I mention google, they avoid the subject and assisting me any further. It was killing my data use and crashing my system. I placed a series of blocks in my system and disabled all non vital components to the Android running process (,without utilizing root). Besides the use of gmail, stopped using all google services. This is what I meant by "degoogle". I had to kick google out of my device inorder to keep them from further probing my system.
My system runs beautiful after I've done this. The pinging has slowed down some, but is still there. Only difference now is that my system will no longer allow it entry.
If I open and expose the root with my data flow on, It tears down the defences I put up. This will leave my entire system exposed. This is when I usually chicken out when it comes to rooting.
-I hope this gives some clarification to what questions you have.
— modified on Oct 4, 2013 3:52:00 PM
"You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here & So Am I"