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I thought this would be a popular question but couldn't find it here so if you do please let me know.

My mother just got a new HTC Inspire and is brand new to using a data plan. Since she is worried that she might go over her cap I want to know how can she track how much data she has used in a certain time (preferably within a billing period). I am on Sprint so I've never had to worry about how much data I use. My question is: Can you recommend a method to manage/track data?

Also, I figure that apps like weather and news should be changed to check less frequently... any other default apps that should be changed to check less frequently?

Thanks for the help

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I think this would probably be carrier-specific, I don't think Android keeps track off all the traffic it generates. –  Matthew Read Mar 24 '11 at 17:33
    
@Matthew Read There's no built-in method of viewing data traffic? i figured there would be but just couldn't find it. Surely there's an app then? –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 17:38
    
@Daniel If there is I would assume you'd need to be rooted and possibly have a custom ROM, unless it is built in. I really don't think it is though. –  Matthew Read Mar 24 '11 at 17:41
    
@Matthew - ok, thanks. She's not ready to root and load custom ROM's yet haha... I tried to convince her and told her i'd take care of it, but oh well. Actually she wanted to get an iPhone but I told her she would get no help from me if she bought it so she went with the HTC Inspire instead :). –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 18:03
    
Possible duplicate of android.stackexchange.com/questions/45/… –  Al E. Mar 24 '11 at 18:23

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NetCounter will keep track of data usage. It may not be 100% accurate, but it would be a decent estimate.

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looks perfect by the screen shot - have you used the app before? –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 18:01
    
@Daniel Yes, I used it when I first had my Droid phone (a year and a half ago?) but stopped using it since Verizon shows their data usage on their website which is updated about daily. –  Bryan Denny Mar 24 '11 at 18:34

AT&T has a number u can text to track how much is used. Goto your phone and type *3282# and call like making a phone call and it will send a text message to you showing how much has been used and how much left. Hope this helps.

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Daniel,

She can also manage her data usage with the Power Control widget and APNdroid. APNdroid gives you a widget that lets you disable APN connections, which functionally disables data. And the Power Control widget, which needs no installing, will let you turn background data on and off. Disabling background data saves battery and data use.

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Cool, I didn't know about that APNDroid. Thanks. –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 21:05
    
@daniel, you're most welcome. see also: meta.android.stackexchange.com/questions/180/… –  Amanda Mar 24 '11 at 21:08
    
Sorry I think you gave me the wrong link - you linked to a meta post on voting –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 21:26
    
So I did. The post explains why you should upvote answers such as this, which you find helpful. –  Amanda Mar 24 '11 at 22:58
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I see - just because I don't up-vote you right away doesn't mean I won't ever (its only been an hour). I haven't tried your recommendation yet so I don't know how helpful it is yet (see the third point on the part "When should you vote up an answer?" on the link you sent me). Please don't take this the wrong way but I have been here (and on SO) for a while and I know when & how to up-vote. Thanks for the link though - I'll be sure to share that with others. –  Daniel Mar 24 '11 at 23:15

Looks like I have to eat my comments on the question. ZDBox is yet another app that you can use to track your data usage, and it appears to have some pretty powerful/fantastic additional features.

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Another app which can be used to do this (though it is a paid app) is SPB Wireless Monitor.

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Install MyAT&T APP & Log into her online wireless account that should be see up on AT&T website. Then check usage from there. It tells me my phone minutes, text messages & data. I use very little data as i am usually connected to WiFi, but because I am on a limited data plan, this app comes in handy.

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