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CTIA’s Consumer Tips on Travel: More Apps

**NOTE: CTIA has also updated a list on tools carriers offer and shortcuts using your wireless device to help consumers manage their voice, data and text usage.** 

In our final post on the 2nd Annual “Wireless World Travel Week,” we've updated our list of apps that will help consumers manage your voice, text and data usage, whether you travel internationally or stay closer to home.

If you have a favorite usage management app, let us know in the comments.

Android/Droid:

  • NetSentry keeps track of how much data is transferred over each network interface of your Android system. When certain usage levels are reached you will be notified over the notification facility.
  • 3G Watchdog data counter monitors your Mobile Internet (3G/Edge/GPRS) data usage, shows a status icon (green/orange/red) in the notification bar and a detailed report page.
  • Data counter widget is a discreet and simple widget that can be placed on your home screen to keep an eye on your network usage.
  • NetCounter application keeps track of data usage on mobile phone and provides for exceeded limit alerts.
  • myAT&T app allows AT&T customers to view wireless voice and data usage and manage your account.
  • T-Mobile My Account App for Android allows users to track minutes and messages used/remaining and bill summary.
  • Minutes Tracker for Android allows user to keep a track of T-Mobile cellular minutes.
  • “Free My Account” application allows T-Mobile users to choose to receive free minutes usage alerts, over-limit alerts, payment reminders, billing summaries, etc.
  • My Verizon app allows you to get account information on the go, including check usage, make payments, change features and more.

Blackberry RIM:

  • Data Monitor v1.8 for Blackberry shows you the data you are using hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and even on a yearly basis with an option to customize billing cycle and data limits to your own personal plan and set notifications that alert you on how much data you have used.
  • e-office Mobile Data Alerter allows consumer to monitor data usage set up specified alerts based on usage. Built in is an application viewer as well, so consumer can see what applications are currently running.
  • Mobile Minutes Tracker Premium:
    • Current minute balance
    • Rollover minutes
    • Data plan balance
    • SMS use
    • Bill details
    • Previous payments
    • Overcharge protection alerts

HP webOS

  • Netstat keeps track how far you are at the traffic limit and shows a traffic summary per interface for the current month.

Nokia Symbian

  • Internet Tracker Lite tracks the amount of internet data downloaded and uploaded over (2G/3G/WLAN) daily. Displays mobile internet network speed. You can configure monthly data limit (MB's or GB's or unlimited) with popup alert notifications.
  • DataMonitor monitors network traffic through specific network connections on the device it is installed on, and displays real-time data usage information.
  • Wireless Counter helps you monitor how much you have downloaded in 3G and WiFi and displays monthly data in a chart view.
  • SPB Wireless Monitor Lite is a complete solution for measuring data traffic via all types of connections and calculating network usage costs according to your data plan.

iPhone:

  • MyWireless Application to track minute, message and broadband usage for AT&T customers.
  • Data Usage monitors cellular (3G/Edge/GPRS) and Wi-Fi data usage real time from your device for any carrier. Set data quota and billing cycle information to make sure you don’t pay for overages.
  • Data Counter allows you to set limits and check data usage on any carrier.
  • DataMan Free monitors and manages your data usage in real time, closely tracking your data activities.
  • iOptusUsage is an iPhone usage meter application for Optus postpaid phone plans that makes it easy to monitor and control your mobile spending.
  • iPhone Travel Tips: For travel Tips on how to minimize charges for foreign country/international roaming:
    • Turn data roaming "OFF": Be sure to download and install the latest version of iPhone software from iTunes. To turn data roaming "ON/OFF" tap on Settings>General>Network>Data Roaming.
    • Utilize Wi-Fi instead of 3G/GPRS/EDGE: Wi-Fi is available in many international airports, hotels, and restaurants to browse the Web or check e-mail. You can use voice over IP services, such as Skype to make phone calls.
    • Turn fetch new data "OFF”: Check e-mail and sync contacts and calendars manually instead of having the data pushed to your iPhone automatically. This way you can control the flow of data coming to your iPhone. To turn off the Auto-Check functionality tap on Settings>Fetch New Data, change Push to "OFF" and Select to Fetch Manually.
    • Consider purchasing an international data package.
    • Reset the usage tracker to zero: When you arrive overseas, access the usage tracker in the general settings menu and select reset statistics. This will enable you to track your estimated data usage. To reset Usage Tracker to Zero tap on Settings>General>Usage>Reset.
    • Do not download video or large applications on your iPhone or laptop while traveling. This will help you avoid some of the most expensive data charges. If you want to stream a movie, music video, or TV show on your phone, go to a Wi-Fi hot spot and download movies over that network.

Windows Phone

  • MifMon monitors the traffic of network interfaces (UMTS/3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi, USB, etc.) and allows you to manage traffic and duration restrictions.
  • SPB Wireless Monitor is a complete solution for measuring data traffic via all types of connections and calculating network usage costs according to your data plan.
  • RoamFreely is a complete solution for managing your data connections while connected to a different cellular network than your carrier's ("roaming"). RoamFreely will disable your data connection when roaming, and re-enable it when you are back on your home network.

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