DataMan Next, the Successor to DataMan for Tracking Data Usage

We first reviewed DataMan back in October of 2010 as a worthy app to track your data usage. The next generation of this app, known as DataMan Next was released a few days ago and we have been testing the app just prior to its launch.

With DataMan Next, the app comes with an all-new design and presents your data usage beautifully using colours and numbers. It’s a simple and clean interface which I’m sure many will appreciate. What’s also new is the Smart Forecast feature which predicts if you’ll stay within your data bucket, via an “intelligent algorithm”. Real-time stats for cellular data and Wi-Fi are directly from iOS so you’ll know exactly how much you have used and what’s left.

DataMan Next looks great and is simple to use. The new app’s interface uses gestures to bring the settings and history views into play. I found DataMan Next to be much easier to setup compared to DataMan as it prompts you step by step during the app’s initial launch. With one glance you will see the percentage of data used and whether you are within ‘safe’ usage thanks to the app’s background colour, based on the Smart Forecast feature. Of course, there are push notifications for when you pass certain data thresholds.

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DataMan Next is the successor to DataMan, which will be discontinued soon. It’s a beautiful way to track your data and provides relevant info instantly with a glance. If you have a small data plan, stop tracking usage on your own and use an app instead. DataMan Next is holding a 50% off introductory sale at $0.99 in the App Store.

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  • Vikram662

    This is the third DataMan app from the company and each time they sold it for a dollar and then “discontinued ‘ it a short while later. Not sure why you guys keep recommending this app/developer as they are clearly scamming.

  • hank

    I totally agree with you. Why not simply provide an “update” to the existing app so that existing users can benefit from it as well. Specially if minor improvement to usability and esthetics are the only
    thing included in the supposedly “new” app.

    But just now that I give it a good thought, greedy as we think they are, maybe that’s just how their business model is. Similar to Microsoft where for example releases MS Office 2003 then lets say MS Office 2010. 2003 users cannot just do an update to their software for free just so they can use features added to 2010. Only difference is, the offending developer/app (i.e. Johnny Ixe’s DataMan Next) only offers minor usability and esthetics improvement. Something worth of just an “update” and not sold as a “new” app. But there’s always karma so lets see how it plays around Johnny 🙂

    Talking about app developers, ethical wise, I personally like ROVIO. Aside from offering lite/free versions of their apps, they offer free updates to their existing free and paid apps. Only when a new app has totally different theme where they charge anew which is but logical. If all app developers are like ROVIO then everybody is going to be happy 🙂

  • Johnny told us Apple pulled DataMan Pro and he is trying to get it approved again. Scamming? If you don’t like the app, don’t buy it.

  • It’s hard to compare Rovio with their billion downloads to a solo indie developer.

  • Interesting. I have been looking for an app to track text messages. What about phone minutes?

  • hank

    That is correct and I agree. That is after the fact though. All these app developers started on the same footage. Had equal opportunity to showcase their stuff. However, looks like Rovio attracted good vibes by doing good deeds right from the start. I’d follow their business model if I’d venture on the same field.

    Anyways, all good. App works and functions as described. I’d say a must have. Hope Apple has one native app such as this.

  • What carrier are you with? The ‘Big 3’ carries have ‘MyAccount’ apps in the App Store for free.

  • Vikram662

    Well that makes FOUR apps then Gary.

    I have two “DataMan” apps one downloaded on 10/02/11 and a second 09/19/12, add in the “DataMan Pro” that got “pulled by Apple” and this “new” one I think its say to say something fishy is going on.

    This is pretty much a form of bait and switch where your buddy Johnny is getting people to buy his app then “discontinuing” it and coming out with the exact same app. So yea your buddy is scamming and your site if promoting it.

  • So you’re saying every site that is writing about DataMan Next is a promoting a scam? You’re misinformed. Like I said, if you don’t like the apps, don’t download them. No one is forcing a gun to your face saying “download my app”. Think twice before accusing people of promoting a ‘scam’.

  • Vikram662

    I’m not saying you’re knowingly promoting a scam as if your “in on it” just stating the obvious. This is a standard “trick” some dev’s use to make money, (i.e. iFitness) who put up an app and after a while remove it and replace it with the same app with a different name, icon, company name, etc. This dev has posted pretty much the same app FOUR times. All I’m saying is maybe look into the apps you’re promoting a little more.

  • jfmartel

    Does it support 30 day billing cycle? Not just monthly cycle.

    Thanks

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    uhmm ! i would consider a buy when saving data and displaying on a remote web host. …. and also a mac app collecting and displaying data usage from same account. in fact, i use same SIM card in either my iphone and WI-FI router to connect to the internet with my mac and iPad then, a web app doing SIM card or ICCID acknowledgement would be much more helpful to keep data usage tracked. marc