In the wake of the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple has another phenomenal sales success on it’s hands. This is great news for Apple, bad news for anyone signing a new 2 year agreement to get a subsidized phone. Unlike when the original iPhone launched on AT&T with an unlimited data plans, several of the top cellular carriers have since terminated unlimited plans.
Today Sprint is the only major carrier to offer an unlimited plan. Consequently, millions of iPhone users are stuck on AT&T and Verizon counting megabytes in fear of being charged overage fees.
For the past couple weeks I’ve been testing out a new data saving app called Onavo on my iPhone. It’s currently available for both iOS and Android devices.
“ In the US, our iPhone app only supports AT&T at this stage. Verizon and Sprint coming soon.” – Onavo
The secret behind this data shrinking magic is the servers operated by Onavo. Once you give the app permission to handle all your data requests from the net, the Onavo servers intercede and shrink all the files sent back to your phone. Every photo, song, video and email sent to your phone is compressed before it is sent to you, thus shrinking your data usage.
For those of you concerned with the security of your data passing through Onavo’s servers, rest assured encrypted data stays intact and remains un-molested.
Onova stores “the bare minimum needed to support the service – all aggregated and anonymized, so we can report our users with data usage and savings. Secure content such as passwords and financial records are encrypted (SSL) and we cannot read or store them – just passing them through our ‘magical shrinking machine’ like any other router on the Internet.”
More on their privacy and security measures can be found here: http://www.onavo.com/apps/ipho…
After several weeks of web browsing, watching videos, using Google maps, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram etc, I haven’t run into any overages. I’m averaging about 65% percent savings on all data.