Have you ever gone over your data limit and ended up paying ridiculous overage charges? In our family, I have an unlimited data plan but Sue only has 200 MB which we recently found out isn't going to cut it.
Before you jump to conclusions and call me a terrible husband, know that until recently, Sue always had easy access to WiFi connections throughout the day and never needed the 3G/4G connection that she gets through her trusty T-Mobile myTouch.
In a few months we will be upgrading our plans but until then, we needed a way to monitor her data usage and keep track of apps that are data hogs. Doing a little research, I came across Onavo and their data monitor apps for both iOS and Android.
The app provides some very useful features and is very easy to use. The part I love about the app is that it tracks data usage for every app on your phone and will tell you which ones are data hogs. When you find the offending apps, you can restrict it to download data only when on WiFi. In my case, most of my data usage is from 3 apps - Pandora, Google Listen and gReader. There isn't much I can do about Pandora but I can definitely set Google Listen and gReader to download podcasts and rss feeds only when on WiFi.
Here's a blurb about Onavo's Andorid app Data Monitor from their website:
Data Monitor for Android helps you control your 3G data and manage your data plan to avoid overages. With three beautiful widgets, tailored alerts, crowd sourcing engine and data blocking tools, Data Monitor will keep you safe from bloated data bills.
- Widgets. A set of three widgets to keep you updated on data usage, including a world first Live Data Usage widget, showing which apps are using data right now.
- Alerts and warnings. Receive status notifications about apps that are hogging your data, when approaching your data cap, or when traveling (data roaming). Data Monitor for Android will even predict when you will reach your monthly cap.
- Data hog blocking. Restrict specific apps to WiFi, or block your 3G data altogether once you exceed your data cap to avoid any additional costs.
- Crowdsourcing. Join the Onavo Android Community to tap into the collective wisdom of Android users everywhere. This will help you keep your mobile data in check, letting you know whether an app is safe to use as soon as you download it.
- Advice. Get tailored tips on best value data plans from your carrier or other carriers, based on your actual usage.
- Simple setup. Get going in seconds: Set your monthly cap, bill cycle and cost - and you’re good to go!