Download Meter for Wi-Fi/ 3G/ EDGE/ GPRS – reduce spending on mobile internet in Review – Too long a title, but does the job…

One of the recent announcements that shocked the US iPhone community was the abolishment of unlimited data plans for all new iPhone subscribers. And while non-US users have been stuck with data capped with various severity (i.e. only 250 MB for about $20 monthly in Russia) this notion is new to the denizens of the New World. In these trying times Vladislav Kharchev is offering Download Meter to help you track your data usage without having to rely on the cellphone carrier data (we DON’T actually know if they’re telling the truth, right?).

Download Meter for Wi-Fi/ 3G/ EDGE/ GPRS – reduce spending on mobile internet is an app designed to do exactly what the name states – keep track the amount of data sent and/or received over the air. It does so with the aid of the built-in iPhone statistics, reading them on each run of the app and comparing to previous data. Using this information, the app will display the amount of data sent/received over the cell network (no split into 3G, EDGE or GPRS available) and over Wi-Fi separately (if this strikes your fancy).

Download Meter comes with a number of built-in counters as well as custom ones available for setup. The default ones offer the upstream/downstream/combined data sent over the cell network and Wi-Fi with monthly/daily/since last reboot/last run/all time varieties available. The custom counters are semi-manual, where it starts to count the data once you set them up and doing so until you clear them by hand. Unfortunately, there’s no option for customizable auto-clear.

As an additional feature you can set up monthly data caps and the app will automatically calculate your remaining data available for the month and for the day (based on average usage). You can even specify which day of the month the cap should reset to better fit your actual data plan.

The interface of the app is fast, clean and easy to use. On the downside, because you can’t run apps in the background (pre iOS4) and that this very app relies on the built-in iPhone stats, the presented data will not be very accurate unless you run Download Meter directly before rebooting your iPhone. And since it is updated only when you actually run the app, there are no automatic warnings when you get close to the data cap.

Despite the fact that it’s recommended users reboot as seldom as possible and ensure to run the app right before rebooting/powering off the iPhone (in order to achieve the most accurate measurements), Download Meter actually does more than I thought was possible for a non-Jailbreak application. It is a definite recommendation for anyone on a capped dataplan, especially if it is as tight of a cap as mine. And with a current price tag of $1.99, it sure beats having to pay carriers an arm and a leg for over data usage.

With this I declare Download Meter officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Download Meter for Wi-Fi/ 3G/ EDGE/ GPRS – reduce spending on mobile internetDeveloper: Vladislav Kharchev
Reviewed Ver:2.4Min iOS Req:2.1
Price:$1.99App Size:1.1 MB
  • Calculates the amount of inbound/outcoming traffic without relying on the cell carrier’s data
  • Supports data cap calculation and tracking
  • Custom counters available
  • Unreliable data if iPhone reboots with the app not running directly beforehand
  • No data cap alarms

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