The pitfalls of data roaming are well documented: extortionate charges, bill shock, tariff uncertainty and although networks are trying harder not to scam its customers and make cost more transparent, there’s still major hesitation from most punters to surf the web and jump on the social network when abroad. Well, a new app called Onavo, may well put these fears to bed. Designed to crunch your data, the developers behind the app claim it could save you up to 80%.
Onavo runs in the background, compressing incoming data and unnecessary web artefacts like images to reduce the amount of traffic consumed. It will show how much money you save and the apps or features that gobble up the most data. Add-ons to monitor specific apps like Facebook are also available and this sideline is expected to grow over the coming months. Onavo will even stop shrinking data and step aside when a Wi-Fi connection takes over. How very obliging.
Right now the app is in private invitation only beta testing and only available for the iPhone. However, Life of Android hooked up with the boys from Onavo recently and was told an Android version is but a few months away. Just in time for our summer holiday abroad?