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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. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      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.

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      I am well aware of that. I read it when I signed up. From what I can tell the other guy wrote, it wasn't profanity for the sake of profanity. Censoring profanity used in a tasteful or clever way I have a problem with. If someone curses, just to curse, then yeah he needs a talking to.

      In order to keep the thread on track, I will no longer respond to threads about my original censorship comment. PM me if you like debating it.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      Hmm what's that? I'm a boss and got my unlimited plan grandfathered over to my ip4?? Sahweet!!
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      So this App makes changes to your Carrier settings on your mobile device and Apple approved it? This means it makes changes to Settings.app and then all other applications that use data are routed through somewhere else in addition to AT&T?

      How the hell did that make it through the App Store gauntlet?

      The technology sounded similar to how Opera made their browser end up on the iPhone when it came to compressing content before sending it to your device for 'faster' load times but this sounds like a whole different approach.

      Either way, I'm still on Unlimited data even though I got the tethering text from AT&T last week. Waiting on a mywi 4.0 fix to hide that
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Please stay on topic. This is not a discussion about what kind of language is allowed on MMi. If you want to discuss that I suggest making a thread in the chit chat section.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      i have unlimited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahahah
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Wait, did he get banned?! Hell yeah! You guys need to let me know when this stuff is about to go down!
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Has anyone tested an uninstall to verify that all settings are put back in place afterwords? I'd hate to test this, then find out it won't work AND not be able to roll back.

      Thanks!
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      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.

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      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.
      Whoa! The entire time i was reading this i thought they were implying it was on cydia.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      I too am surprised apple approved this. It opens the settings app and installs a network profile.

      However, it is halving my data usage. I can see this saving me $40/month.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      And do you get the exclusive privilege to call someone an "Idiot"?
      Everyone gets the privilege when you calling "jailbreak Genius" that. It's not really and insult with him, it's more like stating a fact.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      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.
      Mmmmmkkkaaaaayyyyy.


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    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      IDK where the post went but whoever suggested turning on native backgrounding for Safari, Settings, and Onavo that worked. Now question is do we have to keep these backgrounded even native? I hope not. I keep Safari backgrounded by default but I prefer not to keep Settings and Onavo from backgrounding.

      If anyone wants to test this out simply turn off the native backgrounding for Onavo and Settings. Check your stats, watch a few Mb YouTube video and then recheck your stats in like 10 minutes.

      I'm off to bed or else I'd try myself. Night MMi
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I am downloading this app now, On a Side note I owe the Mod who banned "Jailbreak Genius" A Beer.
    1. iphonogasm's Avatar
      iphonogasm -
      Iphone 4 supported? Says error device unsupported when islnstalling the service?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonogasm View Post
      Iphone 4 supported? Says error device unsupported when islnstalling the service?
      I hope it is, I am trying to install it on an iPhone 4 as well.
    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      It seems the Chinese are liking the way this routs data so they can get around the gov scrutiny.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      knowing now what this does I wouldn't be surprised if it got pulled from the app store pretty soon. get it while you can!
    1. iphonogasm's Avatar
      iphonogasm -
      Anyone have success with iphone4. Maybe carrier is blocking it?
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      IDK where the post went but whoever suggested turning on native backgrounding for Safari, Settings, and Onavo that worked. Now question is do we have to keep these backgrounded even native? I hope not. I keep Safari backgrounded by default but I prefer not to keep Settings and Onavo from backgrounding.

      If anyone wants to test this out simply turn off the native backgrounding for Onavo and Settings. Check your stats, watch a few Mb YouTube video and then recheck your stats in like 10 minutes.

      I'm off to bed or else I'd try myself. Night MMi
      No, I turned native backgrounding off after setting up the app and it still works fine.
    1. SuinegLearbliajEht's Avatar
      SuinegLearbliajEht -
      Quote Originally Posted by CONVBMW View Post
      Writers are writers. You are a "member". You get the privilege of being here.

      Idiot.
      If everyone was like u, the government would be able to walk around with aa-12's and blast anyone that got in their way, because they are the govt, and u r the citizen. U only have the privilege of living here, they would say

      You are a negative influence on this world