Carriers are some of the most evil companies out there. They want you to pay them a lot of money, even if that means surprising you with data overages at the end of each month. They don't give any warnings to you unless you manually set their applications to warn you. That being said, why not give yourself more control over how you use your data? There are a ton of data monitoring applications out there, but wouldn't it be cool if you could see your usage in Notification Center?
A new jailbreak tweak dubbed WeeTrackData for Notification Center by iOS developer Albert Schulz does just that. You will get a nice widget that shows you how much you have uploaded and downloaded in the megabyte unit of measurement. It also shows you your signal strength measured in percents. This is not to be confused with Wi-Fi signal strength, even though it appears to have a Wi-Fi icon next to the percent, that is your data connection signal strength. You can set a percentage for a duration of time and WeeTrackData will graph how much data you are using in real time for that duration of time in a completion bar that will remind you of the Cydia download bar.
This widget comes with a couple of settings that you can configure in the Settings application. Apart from those settings you can move the widget in and out of Notification Center at your leisure using the settings in the Notifications area of the Settings application where you move all of the rest of your widgets. It also works with the top shelf of IntelliScreenX if you want to use that to keep it out of sight when not in use. When you go into Settings after installing WeeTrackData, these are the settings that you will see; very simple as they allow you to change the amount of days you have in each billing cycle and also how many megabytes you want to call your monthly cap:
One really cool feature about WeeTrackData is that you can swipe sideways in it just like your other Apple widgets, to pull up something new. When you do this, you can see not only your data use for the month, but also your data use for the past seven days or for the single day alone that you are viewing the widget. The last swipe is a credits page for the developer. It requires iOS 5 so that you can use the Notification Center widget. It also has support for landscape mode.
What I really like about this widget is the fact that it shows you in real time what your data use is from a very easy-to-get-to location. It's not secluded in the Settings application deep within menus where iOS's data management is, and you don't have to have another application on your home screen to view your data use anymore. If there is anything about WeeTrackData that I don't like, it's the lack of any color in the usage bar, which I think that if Apple had made this widget, would have added colors to to make it resemble the iTunes (computer application; not iOS application) bar that tells you how much space is used and free on your iDevice.
Name: WeeTrackData for Notification Center
Developer: Albert Schulz
Editor's Rating: 4/5
Albert was generous enough to offer us TEN giveaway copies for our readers. If you want to win a copy, please follow the directions below:
- Give us two reasons you need WeeTrackData
- Tell us one way it could be improved
- Include your Cydia number in the comment so that we can credit your account
Sources: Albert Schulz