With most cellular providers, data plans are mandatory with the purchase of any smartphone. Unfortunately, data plans cost quite a bit and don't get you much data.
That makes it easy to accidentally go over, which means huge overage fees. This app can help keep you under your limit.
Onavo Extend routes your Internet surfing through its own servers so it can compress the data before you get it. This helps you get up to five times more use out of your current data plan.
Onavo will you give you a monthly report of your usage, so you can see which of your apps is using the most data - and where you are saving those hard-earned dollars.
The app will even work outside of the country, so you can be sure you don't go over your roaming data plan while traveling abroad.
Of course, there are a few caveats you should know:
- Because Onavo routes your surfing through an extra set of servers, your Internet speeds may slow down. It might be a little or it might be a lot depending on where you are, what you're doing and how many people are using Onavo.
- Onavo does keep track of the information you send and receive through its servers and uses this data for internal analytics. It can also share your anonymized information with third parties. This is worrying for some people because as of late 2013, Onavo is owned by Facebook. However, you can opt out of most data tracking at Onavo's Data Choices page.