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This is now built into Android in Ice Cream Sandwich. You can view usage per application, set limits and restrict background data. Some more information: http://androidadvices.com/set-mobile-data-limit-usage-ice-cream-sandwich-devices/ NetCounter monitors mobile and wifi traffic.


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That is done by gpsd. The XTRA files are the current GPS Almanac. The location of where to download the XTRA files to is defined in /system/etc/gps.conf. These files contain data that speed up the GPS, which will result in faster GPS position fixes.


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Go to: Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks. Make sure the "Data roaming" checkbox is unchecked. That will keep you from roaming accidentally, since you will have to enable it. If you want to enable it and use roaming lightly, there are some apps in the Market that will track your data usage for you. However, in my experience roaming ...


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In Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Data Usage you should be able to uncheck the "set mobile data limit". The limit will stop data usage when you reach the limit. (You probably have this unchecked already). On this screen is where you can move the "warning" levels up so you will not reach them and you will not receive the notification. One thing to ...


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OK, I think the answer to your question is that Pandora's stream is never more than 64 kbps for mobile devices, whereas Google Music uses 320 kbps MP3s and there's no downsampling. That's 5 times the amount of data, assuming Pandora doesn't use a better format than MP3. Since Google Music transcodes your files, I don't think you have much of an option ...


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Don't know of any YouTube option for that end, but if you are open to use an app to limit other apps, you can give a go to Onavo Count | Monitor Data that has an option to limit the app to Wi-Fi only: Save money on your mobile bill - avoid costly overage fees! Onavo Count puts you in control of your 3G data plan. Easy setup, three brand new widgets, ...


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I've found the culprit! I went to Settings > Call > Internet call settings and deleted the SIP account I had once created and forgot. The phone kept reaching the SIP server (probably to check for incoming calls). I had to install a packet sniffer on the phone (tPacketCapture) to see where the requests where going and realize I had configured a SIP account.


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There's a program on Google Play called Network TrafficStats Lite that does this in most Android versions. If your phone happens to be compatible to Ice Cream Sandwich, consider upgrading as this feature is built in.


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Using wifi == not using your data plan. So that will help reduce data usage from your provider. So long as you are not streaming (music/video/youtube/etc) or downloading large amounts of data (podcasts, for example) then you should be fine. Or at least save those activities for when you are on wifi. Downloading apps: each app can be anywhere from 100kb ...


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Yes, such internet-based applications normally use background services to stay connected with their servers and use mobile data when Wi-Fi is not available. But data usage is often very low for such background apps. If you want to stop any data usage of any app when you are not using internet apps, you can disable mobile data temporarily. To do so, Go to ...


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Well, if you had your 3G off, then they can't access that, I suggest if you didn't override it, use APNdroid from the market to do so and it also features a good widget. Anyways, applications can't override your WiFi settings, if it's off, then they can't turn it on, but if you left your 3G on without any overriding application, like APNdroid, then they ...


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DroidWall is an application (for rooted phones) that will let you select which applications are allowed to use which data networks (WiFi vs. Cellular/2G/3G/4G). You can use it to make sure that certain applications always have data access when needed and restrict other applications to WiFi (or even no acess).


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First, let me say that network data counting in Android is not so easy, because there is no API which provides this information in a clean way. The App developers have to work with some Linux internals and other issues. This is why most traffic counting Apps don't work on every hardware/software combination. For exaple I had an app that worked with Eclair ...


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I assume you're talking about the Youtube app. As far as i know videos are only preloaded when your phone is charging and connected to wifi. When a video is preloading it shows a little white arrow pointing down on the bottom right of the video (when viewing your watch it later list). When it has fully preloaded it shows a green circle with a white down ...


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What if you used tasker/locale with this plugin? You could then turn off data using APNdroid.


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The sync traffic for gmail/facebook/weather/... is neglectable (If you have normal text messages with small attachments). For Skype voice calls, you should estimate 4-7 KiB/s (~ 25 MiB/h). Users always underestimate the 1GB included traffic. I had the same thought, that it could get tight at the end of the month. But I forgot that: At home and at work ...


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You want to monitor any apps that use data in the background. It's hard to say which ones because there are so many and I have no idea what you have installed. I recommend installing two apps to help you monitor and control your data so you don't go over: Phone Usage - This app allows you to monitor how much data you are using and set daily, weekly and ...


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It is a very simple tool, but I like apndroid to totally disable data while leaving basic phone functionality intact. It has a nice toggle widget. There are also settings that can help with this. On my Nexus One, there are settings here: Settings -> Wireless & Network Settings -> Mobile Networks Your mileage may vary depending on your model. You can ...


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Yes. I agree with everything that Bryan has said but want to add... You can use an app like Phone Usage that helps you monitor your network traffic. The Pro version ($2.35) also allows you to set data limits that will send you a notification if you go over. So you could set it to 125 MB and you'd know when you are getting close and you can throttle down ...


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Assuming you've got Android 4.0 or higher, you can do the following: Go to Settings→Data Usage Activate the limit by marking the checkbox, and moving the red and orange bars for "Deactivation" and "Warning" (hint: you can set them imaginary high to not have any effect -- but they must be enabled) Now scroll the list below the graph and tap the apps ...


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Depending on what apps you have installed, apps like facebook, twitter, google+ and others will download data in the background to keep current when you open the app. With ICS, you can disable background data usage for specific apps: (click to enlarge) this is visible in the system settings -> data usage. you should then see a list of apps that are using ...


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I use Data counter widget And 3G watchdog to keep 3G traffic under control.


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"Data Roaming" just refers to using data when connected to a foreign network (i.e. not your providers "home network"). There should be another option available for "mobile network" or "mobile data" (the phrasing may differ between devices), as the following screenshot shows: Look out for the red frame at the end. If you find something similar, remove the ...


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Some networks allow you to check how much you have used such as O2. If you have ICS or Jelly Bean there is a Data Usage listing in settings. Alternatively try apps like these http://www.theandroidsoul.com/best-android-data-usage-apps-for-monitoring-3g2gwi-fi-usage/


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DroidStats does this for calls, SMS, and data: You can place widgets on your homescreen1 or, with the pro version, even inside your notification area2. Limits can of course be configured. It even shows data usage on a per-app basis. Statistics can show your most-called (and most-called-from) contacts, and more. As for data, 3G Watchdog even can go a ...


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Phones always use more data than normal in the first day or so, particularly if you didn't connect it to wifi while it was being set up. Things that happen in the first day will be checking for (and downloading and installing) OS updates (which can be large), downloading and installing new apps (some of which could be large), syncing data down from the ...


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Another option: My Data Manager Lifehacker reviewed it: When installed it keeps track of your plan type (monthly or pay-as-you-go), amount of data included per month, and the 1st day of your billing cycle. You may also set your plan's roaming details. From then on it will log your use of mobile data, roaming mobile data, and Wi-Fi data used. You ...


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Get a prepaid and leave your phone with no credit most of the time (if you hunt around, you might be able to find operators that will keep your number for a year after expiry). With no credit, you can still receive calls. Carry a recharge card in your wallet (or in a Notes app in the phone) just in case you really need to make an urgent phone call. If ...


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As of now (unless someone can correct me) there is no APP that will monitor Sprint 4G WiMax data. Although, it can be found by calling information *4 from a Sprint phone and pressing 4 to hear details of the individual phone use. The 4G data will be listed, and can be sent in a text message to the phone (if desired) by pressing 2.



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