Data Count helps to manage mobile phone data use.

I used to have unlimited data on my mobile phone. Many years ago, before everyone had a smartphone, unlimited data was available regularly. Now, cellular companies charge everyone for data. When you have a smartphone, most plans ‘require’ that you purchase a data plan along with it. For a time, I was able to keep my unlimited data grandfathered onto my account, but a couple of years ago, I decided to join a friend and family plan with a different carrier to cut my costs. All three of us on the plan have iPhones. So, we find ourselves using more and more data month-to-month. I try to be very aware of what I’m doing when I’m not on a Wi-Fi network so that my usage does not affect our overall bill. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good way of tracking that without logging into the account. This is why I’m glad I found Data Count.

Data UsageData Count is a handy utility for iOS that tracks your data usage in real time. It’s designed to give users a quick at-a-glance option for keeping up with your data use. The best part is that you are getting the information directly from iOS and you don’t have to wait for your carrier to update their system.

Data Count’s key features are:

  • Tracking cellular and Wi-Fi Data – including LTE/4G/3G
  • Receiving usage notifications
  • Resetting on bill cycle date
  • Secure and private
  • Support of many different data plans and types
  • Functionality with all carriers
  • Customizable fonts and color schemes

When you open Data Count, you define the length of your bill cycle, what day it resets on and your current usage. Once you fill in the appropriate information, you are ready to start tracking. You simply let it run while you surf using other apps on your phone. Then, revisit Data Count and see how much data that activity used. With that information, you can then start determining what apps are worth using when on cellular data networks and which ones you should wait to use until you are on a Wi-Fi network.

Data Count is very easy to use and is a great addition for anyone who uses a smartphone. In a time with overages are so expensive, an easy-to-use, inexpensive, beautifully designed app to help you manage your data usage is a good investment.

Data Count retails for $0.99, but is featured today with Apps Gone Free as a free app.