Time was, you didn’t have to worry much about how much data you consumed. Since most carriers offered unlimited data plans, you could go hog wild. But those were the days before streaming video had spread far and wide. It was also before Android dug in its claws. Once carriers started to realize the data consuming tendencies of the iPhone, and saw Android on the horizon, they made big changes. These days only Sprint and T-Mobile, dwarves compared to AT&T and Verizon, offer truly unlimited data plans.
The capping of data creates the potential for overages. No one wants to get slapped with those charges, so people tend to be conservative with their usage. To help users stay under their limits, AT&T and Verizon have released apps that track a user’s monthly data usage, in addition to sending warning notices via SMS when users cross certain thresholds. But that just helps keep users below their limits. It doesn’t help them learn how to best manager their data.
Today DataMan Pro released an update to its data tracking app, and it provides users with the tools they need to avoid overages — not just this month, but in the future as well. Some of its better features include:
- Data prediction. Based on your usage patters, DataMan Pro will let you know whether you’re in the safe zone for the month, or whether you’re risking an overage.
- WiFi and cellular splits. Know how much data you’ve used over WiFi and how much over cellular. If you’re low on WiFi usage, perhaps finding more hotspots can help you lower your data usage.
- Data by app. Want to curb your data usage in the future? You can do it if you know how much data each app uses. Then you can make cuts to the apps using the most data, keeping your usage in check.
- Push alerts. Once you hit certain thresholds, the app will notify you so that you can make the proper changes.
Of course, such intricate tools do not come cheap. You can get DataMan Pro for iPhone for the limited-time price of $4.99. It normally runs for $9.99. The biggest downside, though, is that it doesn’t run on both iPhone and iPad. If you have a cellular-connected iPad and want the app, you’ll have to pay $10 for the iPad version.