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My phone carrier (Bell Canada) says that in addition to my maximum data limit, I have "unlimited social network" usage.

I'm wondering which apps count as social networking apps? As an Android developer, I'm also interested in how I might designate one of my apps as a social networking app.

(Let me know if this would be better off on programmers.stackexchange or stackoverflow...)

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closed as too localized by Richard Borcsik, Flow, roxan, Evil Angel, Al E. Jul 26 '12 at 19:37

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Android doesn't decide it. Your carrier does - this question should go to them not to any SE site. They most likely have a list of hosts that they consider "social" sites. Voting to close. – Richard Borcsik Jul 14 '12 at 13:54
I think your carrier does not get the information if the data usage is caused by social media from Android, but uses the related hostnames/IPs/ports instead. – Flow Jul 14 '12 at 13:56
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Your carrier determine a social network by his hostname or IP as said in comment, not with a specific application. But there is sometimes where this feature doesn't work with apps ( some apps use proxy, don't know if this is the case for facebook or twitter... ). An other case is this only work on the carrier's website (if they provide social network functions directly on their site), but it would be said on your carrier's offer.

Anyway this is only determined by the IP or hostname. You can't do that by designate an app with a certain programming function...

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