Technology is growing everyday with the introduction of powerful and very fast mobile hardware and software. The introduction of iPhone 5 and 6 coming with their latest technology 4G LTE comes with awesome speeds that will allow clear streaming of music and videos found on the internet. There is a downside to this too, this awesome speed will also be burning down on your data. There is a close estimation of around 50% increase in data usage.
However, the good news for iPhone owners is that, there are 3rd party data usage apps that are available in the market. These apps offer the real time data usage information, including what you have used and what you have remaining. There are those that even send SMS alerts to users who pass a specified percentage.
1. DATA USAGE MONITOR
This is a free data usage app that monitors both cellular and WIFI data usage. It shows how you have used data in a graph form or a simple list that shows the date and the corresponding location. It also have an added feature where you can test the speed of your internet. You can also set optional alerts of your data usage.
The data usage monitor comes with a speed tester for WIFI, cellular and can also be used to test the speed of a specific website. However there have been some complains with the black and green interface.
DataMan is not a free app, it cost $.99. It also shows data usage when using cellular of WIFI. It can also show the amount of data that has been uploaded and downloaded. It comes also with an option where you can set data usage alerts. Among the many apps that have been reviewed, DataMan has proven to be the simplest option.
DataMan is a general app that is very easy to use and is very clear in the way it displays its information. Some reviewers have said that there is nothing confusing with this app.
3. DATA USAGE (LITE)
This app is not free also in the market. The data usage app costs $.99 and shows both WIFI and cellular data usage. This app can also calculate the ideal usage of a user. The app is very easy to use and its progress bar has no unnecessary information. It also have an option of viewing your own data usage history. The app also shows the monthly data usage.
The app also provides additional information that is very helpful e.g. giving estimated values of data the user is going to use that day. It also show the number of days remaining before your next billing cycle. The app has an added feature where you can export your data usage information to your personal email address.
Overall all this apps have almost the same features. But it is clear that DataMan is the simplest of them all. With this simplicity it also does not offer a lot of information. Data usage monitor has cutting edge of itself considering that it is the only free app on this list. This app is also the most popular app in the iPhone App store.