Site helps you find apps that bust your data allowance

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.


source: KnowMyApp via PCWorld, Engadget

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10 Comments

9. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

10. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Settings -> Data Usage

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

thats with a cache and thats after, not before

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

so like data sense for wp8 ?

2. Alan01

Posts: 670; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

6. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

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

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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