DataMan Next tracks your cellular data usage in a very elegant way

By , Jan 18, 2013

DataMan Next

I didn’t care much about cellular data tracking apps until I gave up my unlimited data plan, a couple months ago. Then all the sudden it became important to me to figure out how much data I was using and make sure I didn’t go over my allocated amount. My wife and I share 4GB, and although we’ve historically never been close to using all of that, I like to keep an eye on my usage, just to feel safe.

So I downloaded the DataMan app, which has served its purpose wonderfully ever since as it provided me with real time data usage. One thing always bothered me about this app though: it just looked bad.

But this morning, I received an email from Johnny Ixe, the developer of DataMan, letting me know about his new app called DataMan Next. It serves the exact same purpose as DataMan, except it looks much better. I’d actually go as fasr as saying it looks beautiful, but you might want to see for yourself…

Upon launching the app for the first time, you are asked to enter some basic information about your data plan. After entering your billing date, your monthly data plan cap, and your existing usage so far, DataMan Next is ready to go.

With this new app, emphasis is made on the percentage of data used so far and the Smart Forecast of your data usage until the end of your billing cycle.

Smart Forecast predicts if you’ll stay within your data cap. Its intelligent algorithm uses multiple inputs including your current usage and the remaining days in your bill cycle to compute real-time usage forecasts. This helps you plan ahead and take precautions.

The app is designed in a way that you don’t really have to worry about the numbers. Just look at the background color. If it’s green, you’re all good and you probably won’t hit your data cap. If it’s yellow, you might want to go easy on your data usage for a while. If you’re in the red, all indicates that you will go over your data cap, but of course it is still time to take corrective action, which depending on your case might mean no more Netflix streaming until the end of your billing cycle.

DataMan Next Smart Forecast

You don’t even have to launch the app to monitor your data usage. You can simply set usage alerts that will notify you when you hit a given threshold. By default, DataMan will alert you once you reach 50% of your allocated data. A second alert will pop up at 70%, a third at 90%, and finally, you’ll be given a last alert once you reach 100%.

One may argue that this app doesn’t do anything the old DataMan app didn’t already do, and that would be correct, except that DataMan Next does it in a beautiful way, and for people who like to pay attention to details, this is a world of difference.

DataMan Next is available in the App Store for the special price of $0.99. I believe it will go up to $1.99 shortly. As for the old DataMan app, it will soon be retired.

Do you keep tab of your data usage? If so, how do you do it?

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  • J M

    I do keep track of my usage, much easier though *data# (or *3282#) sends me a text message. Just save it as a contact, in my favorites.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Yup, I do that too sometimes. The only downside is that you have to remember to request the info from AT&T. Remembering seems to be my problem these days :)

      • J M

        Hahaha, I suppose the push notification is nice so you don’t have to worry. But you know AT&T will send you text messages too at 65% and 90% too :) In any case, it certainly looks like a very nice and clean looking app!

  • LordKKK

    .99 ohhhhh

  • http://www.facebook.com/shingo.hoshino Shingo Hoshino

    running on background and has ability to proper detect between wifi data anda 3G?

  • MagicDrumSticks

    I bet this is a breakthrough for iOS… Android has had this for years. I feel like iOS is the a third world country

    • RarestName

      App name(s) please. Thanks :)

      • MagicDrumSticks

        It’s built into Android so no need for a silly app. Next time you pick up an android device go to settings and “data usage”

        The same can be done for battery usage in settings

      • http://twitter.com/Barack0drama Yo mama

        The same is in iOS. General > Usage > Cellular Usage. Just reset it every billing cycle and you have this app.

      • RarestName

        I know about that, and I’m not a huge fan of it. I thought that there was an application that has a similar UI to DataMax Next for Android.

        The carrier that I’m currently on already has an app that shows how much data I have used and how much is left so…

      • Nvrhde

        Try,
        My data Manger.

        (I am a App fan)

      • http://twitter.com/arskka ArthurT

        They copied from ios, as usually…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

      talk trash..

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Ok so why are you reading an iOS blog if it’s as outdated as you’re trying to make it seem

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Because I enjoy technology and own multiple Apple products. Can’t take a bit of criticism eh?

  • http://twitter.com/Rauldzmartin Raúl D.Martín

    My data provider (and I guess a lot of them) has an extraordinary app that show exactly that

  • http://twitter.com/Lamonorazer Eren Özcan

    good good

  • Mirko

    i really like the look of it, but do you know if this app works with US carriers only, or is it good with italian ones? I’d like to know before I download it as it’s not free!

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      I believe it works with any carrier. It’s actually not carrier dependent.

      • Mirko

        thank you, I’m gonna try it then

  • pauleebe

    Isn’t this virtually useless for shared data plans?

    This app can only track one device’s usage, but your data cap would be allocated among various devices.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Correct. I have this app installed on my wife’s iPhone as well so she be alerted if she goes over 2GB, which she never ever came close to

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    how does this app run in the background?

  • Painthorse

    Have to have iOS 6 also. Down with that!!!

  • Lobo555

    It works in the background? So u need to have runnig always?

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.reynoso Max Reynoso

    I’m just going to stay with my unlimited data thank you :-p

  • Judson Stiglich

    “my data manager” in itunes store…free. enough said.