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  • Sidestep Data Caps With Onavo



    Data caps are the bane of every power internet user's existence. Every mobile telecom provider, sans Sprint, has instituted caps marking the death of the "Unlimited" data plan. Even T-Mobile's "Unlimited" plan throttles down your connection after you exceed 5GB in downloads for the month.

    Onavo, an application for iPhone and iPad users, stiff drink users need to numb the data cap pain. Onavo claims it can double or triple your data plan by compressing the data you use while perusing the web or using apps.

    What the app does is rather simple. Once the app is installed downloads are automatically rerouted through Onavo's cloud-based servers, and then compressed before sending it to your device. The app does not compress video or any data originating on your device (aka uploads). The obvious concession to this system is the rerouting of information through Onavo's servers does add a little time to your downloads.

    However, for viewing pictures and other media-laden websites the compressing of data decreases file size and thereby download times, especially for users in 2G or low coverage areas. The app adds a few utilities to the mix as well, allowing users to see how much data they use and even breaks it down app by app, allowing users to see which apps are data hungry.

    Privacy concerned users may be wary of this service though. While Onavo claims it does not touch information sent through HTTPS, or that they don't hold on information longer than necessary, all non-encrypted data is visible to Onavo. But, this information is visible to your mobile provider too.

    Download here.

    Source: Onavo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sidestep Data Caps With Onavo started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. garstie's Avatar
      garstie -
      Does this work????
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      No thanks. That's not "side-stepping" the data cap. It's just slowing down the rate at which you reach it.
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      Sorry, what is this?
    1. Mbeck0265's Avatar
      Mbeck0265 -
      So I download the app. I install the app. I then set up the app and it won't let me turn on the app. This is some BS !!! Forget this app
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I need to know how this works
    1. PotterFan's Avatar
      PotterFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by garstie View Post
      Does this work????
      Downloaded it and started downloading some big files on Edge. So far, it seems to actually work pretty well. Pages load a lot faster, and downloads seem to go a lot smoother. Going to go more in-depth with it tonight though.

      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I need to know how this works
      It says right in the article how it works. Also, there's a detailed explaination on their web site if you care to check it out.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      The writers can say data whores, but I can't say that's Mod Edit *language* bad language?
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      lol people worry about data location but have no problem sending all their data through some random company?
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      The writers can say data whores, but I can't say that's ******* bad language?

      Edit: if this comment gets changed by a mod, I will write a letter to the author to watch their language, and another to the moderator to also edit the article.
      Writers are writers. You are a "member". You get the privilege of being here.

      Idiot.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by PotterFan View Post
      It says right in the article how it works. Also, there's a detailed explaination on their web site if you care to check it out.
      I meant technically how it works. And I don't consider "it compresses the data through our servers" to be even remotely detailed. I realized that it installs a carrier bundle profile into your phone that changes your phone's APN from AT&T's to Onavo's.



      It looks like it isn't working for T-Mobile. After installing the profile, I can't even get to the Google homepage. I use $5/mo data plan.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck0265 View Post
      So I download the app. I install the app. I then set up the app and it won't let me turn on the app. This is some BS !!! Forget this app
      Same here.

      Seriously pissed off.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by CONVBMW View Post
      Writers are writers. You are a "member". You get the privilege of being here.

      Idiot.
      And do you get the exclusive privilege to call someone an "Idiot"?
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      If you can't turn the service on, change backgrounder settings so settings.app, safari.app, and onavo.app have 'native' backgrounding enabled (I'm not sure which one of those actually needs it, just did all three at the same time and it started working).
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      The writers can say data whores, but I can't say that's Mod Edit *language* bad language?
      Wow. Great to see that the ModMyI staff censors people. So much for free speech.
    1. indyzzzz's Avatar
      indyzzzz -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      Wow. Great to see that the ModMyI staff censors people. So much for free speech.
      I think the mods here are less militant than the ones over at mac rumors
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      I've never been there. I just generally oppose censorship on the internet (besides stopping spam) I don't censor on my website, but it's not a mac website.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      Wow. Great to see that the ModMyI staff censors people. So much for free speech.
      ...no it's because some people find that language offensive...
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Any prostitutes reading may find the writers use of the word whore offensive.
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      ...no it's because some people find that language offensive...
      That's a danger we all face when we go on the internet, or out in public. We may hear things we don't want to. I once stood behind a guy at a deli talking loudly into his POS phone about how he got VD from his gf. (In graphic detail) I find it offensive to have my words censored.

      Also I will not debate this, and get this thread anymore off topic. You can PM me if you want to have a censorship discussion.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      Wow. Great to see that the ModMyI staff censors people. So much for free speech.
      You signed up on this site, free of charge, and agreed to the forum rules and terms of use. You might want to review those. Freedom of Speech as defined by the Constitution of the United States of America does not apply here or to any other privately owned and operated internet forum.

      Apple, iPhone & iPad News | ModMyi.com - About

      Quote Originally Posted by Forum Rules View Post

      Do not insult other members. We understand about giving others a bit of a hard time and joking, but if it gets out of hand, you will be banned.

      No profanity. If you aren't mature enough to express yourself without profanity, you don't belong here.

      No "Rated-R." PG-13 content is allowed. Come on, kids read these forums.
      As for the article itself, it sounds like a neat idea, although I'm somewhat surprised that Apple let this into the App Store. Good for them if it works well, though. Seeing as how I'm on wi-fi for 95% of my day, my current 200MB data plan is plenty for me. I might try this if I ever go on an extended trip where I might not be around wi-fi much.