Almost all smartphone users have the same problem when it comes to data usage, which is how much data am I using? Back a few years ago most plans from the big carriers came with unlimited data plans, but as time has gone on, things have changed and unless you’ve never changed your plan or have been grandfathered into an unlimited plan, you may have to watch your data usage more closely.
Onvavo has come up with a very nice FREE solution catering to Android users by providing a tools application called Onavo | Monitor Data Usage. I downloaded this app to put it through the trials and have found it to be a very simple widgetized app that has some significant settings, most of which you do not need to fool with because they are already optimized for you, and can be turned on or off based on your preferences.
The main focus of this app is contained in the 3 main widgets you see after getting past the orientation screen, which are: 1)Data Plan Advice, 2) App Watch, and 3) Usage Profile. Setting up your data plan is done in just a few seconds and is based on your current data plan, 1GB, 2GB, etc., and you can also select billing cycle dates so that the app can track your usage based on the correct time period for your billing. App Watch keeps you up to speed enabling you to see how you’re using your apps or how your apps are using your device.
Also, in the settings area there are plenty of pre-set functionality for notification of apps “hogging” device resources, app data abuse, friendly app-installation notifications, and many more settings that look out for your data usage well being. The last section: Usage Profile, is a quick look at your monthly usage, especially important for those of you who walk the fine line of going beyond your allotted monthly data usage. While I have not used this app for long, it appears to be solid and has a nice easy-to-understand user interface with quick add data fields that will make tracking data usage easy and FREE — finally something useful for FREE, really? Check out our other Android app reviews. Crazy Mike
Onavo | Monitor Data Usage FREE Android App Details
Title: Onavo | Monitor Data Usage
Size: 1.6 MB
Store: Android Market
Onavo | Monitor Data Usage FREE Android App Download Link
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Onavo | Monitor Data Usage Android App Developers Description
Onavo – Monitor your data usage, Control your data bill.
“Onavo is the Best Damn Data-Monitoring App for Android, Period” – AndroidPIT.com
Save money on your mobile bill – avoid costly overage fees! Onavo puts you in control of your 3G data plan. Easy setup, three brand new widgets, tailored alerts and automatic blocking tools will keep you safe from bloated data bills.
Winner: Best Mobile Startup and People’s Choice Awards at TheNextWeb 2011
As seen on TV – featured on BBC’s prestigious Click
“Are Your Mobile Apps Data Hogs? This Android App Tells You” – Mashable.com
“Onavo’s new Android app helps you keep your mobile data bill low” – TheNextWeb.com
“Get Onavo to avoid being hosed” – Mobile Industry Review
★★★★★ “Useful and beautiful”
★★★★★ “can potentially help you tier down to a lower rate”
√ Alerts and warnings: Receive status notifications about apps that are hogging your data, when approaching your data cap, or when traveling (data roaming)
√ Widgets: A selection 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.
√ Data hog blocking: Restrict specific apps to Wi-Fi, 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.
√ Tracking: Use a data plan watchdog that provides early alerts when usage reaches predefined limits, and can also track and predict if you will hit your data cap.
√ 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, billing cycle and cost – and you’re good to go!
√ Data Plan Usage: visualize your monthly data-plan over time with a live progress bar
√ App Watch: quickly browse through all your data-using apps
√ Live Usage: See which apps are using your data *right now*
Supports hundreds of operators around the world, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, O2, Vodafone, Orange, Movistar, Three (3), Bell, Rogers, Claro, Telus, Virgin and Optus.