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Site helps you find apps that bust your data allowance

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Site helps you find apps that bust your data allowance
Let's face it, no one likes to go over their monthly data cap. Either you will pay an overage, or you will be throttled. The CTIA, the trade group for the wireless industry, has put up a website that might help those worried about how much data they are using each month, stay away from those apps that are putting them over their monthly data allowance.

The site, called Know My App, also provides some tips on how to be more frugal with your phone or tablet. The most common sense rule is to switch from cellular service to Wi-Fi whenever a secure Wi-Fi connection is available. Another good tip is to make sure that your apps don't update unless you're on a secure Wi-Fi network. Also, it is a good idea to minimize apps not in use so that they aren't running in the background. And you should uninstall any apps that you are not using.

KnowMyApp.org
will give you an estimate on how much data you will burn installing, initializing and running an app and will even show how much data a particular app will burn running in the background. Right now, the site has information for the top 50 paid and free apps on iOS and Android and plans on adding more each month. Developers are invited to submit their apps for testing.

Netflix is a real data plan buster according to Know My App

Netflix is a real data plan buster according to Know My App


source: KnowMyApp via PCWorld, Engadget

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posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:16

1. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


so like data sense for wp8 ?

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:48

2. Alan01 (Posts: 205; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Data Sense tells you after the fact how much data you've used...this also estimates how much data it will take to downlooad, initializw and use the app.

Regards,
Alan F.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:57

3. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


oh so, like if i was to download an app from the play store it would try and tell me that it'll use up ***** amount of data ? thats pretty cool

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 23:31

6. Aplusk (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


app size is already mentioned on play store and some app requires one time inapp downloads(data) after installed like real racing 3.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 00:44

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Initialize* download* ...

Not bad of a website since Facebook is known for abusing the sync feature.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 23:22

4. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Settings -> Data Usage

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 23:28

5. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


thats with a cache and thats after, not before

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 00:33 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thank god I never have to worry about any data caps anymore. Unlimited LTE and don't plan on using anything less.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:37

9. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I don't have unlimited data. Each month I have to watch my data usage. I have a 2GB plan with my iPhone 5S with Verizon, a 5GB data plan with ATT, and I supplement my data usage with WiMAX on Virgin Mobile.

It really sucks that I can only use 66MB a day on my iPhone and 165 MB a day on ATT because overage is $10 a GB for either Verizon or ATT. Another thing that sucked is the lack of data rollover. If it weren't for the $35 a month for unlimited WiMAX, I would be hurting. I use about 8 GB with WiMAX, and I estimate I use about 8 to 12 GB on public wifi like McDonalds. I estimate I consume about 25 GB of data each month.

I don't understand why carriers would give smartphone users cheap data costs while charging an arm and a leg for mobile broadband for people like me who likes to use a wifi only tablet. If I consume data on a smartphone, I could get 5 GB for $30 a month on TMobile/Walmart plan on a PREPAID basis. I can't find the same deals for mobile broadband. Virgin Mobile WiMAX is great for downloading updates for apps, but Sprint has an adaptive protocol that ruins watching videos. Between ATT and Virgin, I am spending $85 a month for data.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 16:57

10. bwhiting (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


went up to $15 per GB for Verizon overage now actually. That $5 extra can be a killer because if you go over that 2GB by 0.2 you going to get charged for the full $15

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