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Onavo: Shrinks Your Data and Enables Pandora in Canada for Your iPhone

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The start up Onavo has been making some buzz lately. Essentially, their app shrinks your data usage to help extend your data plan. This app runs in the background, and is a god send for those with smaller data plans, like the common 500MB plan in Canada.

How Does Onavo Work?

You download the free Onavo app from the App Store, setup a profile, and the app runs in the background. When you’re using your carrier’s data, any web, email and app data is shrunk by Onavo’s servers, then sent back to your iPhone. Onavo is essentially a proxy server that compresses data for Safari, Mail, Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter (only Tweetdeck/Echofon) and other apps.

Onavo also comes into play if you’re using data while traveling. Your roaming data can be extended big time. According to the company, one week’s worth of emails will typically fit into a 25MB plan, but with Onavo enabled, you’ll be able to triple your plan.

Only the data you download is shrunk through Onavo. Your uploaded data will remain unchanged. Since downloaded data is compressed–web pages can load faster, thus making a positive impact on your battery life. The app features settings to change the quality of pictures being downloaded, and also shows how much data you’ve saved, and what applications are using the most data.

 

The service is so popular that carriers in Canada such as Rogers, Fido, Telus, and Bell have embraced the app, along with 240 carriers around the world.

Here’s what they have to say about privacy:

We take our users’ privacy very seriously, only storing the bare minimum necessary to support the service – all aggregated and anonymized. This is so that the app can report your savings, app usage, etc. We do not store any content such as messages, passwords, etc.

Onavo acts similarly to any router/operator on the Internet through which your data passes. Only metadata (types of applications, etc.) on the data, aggregated and anonymized, is stored for two purposes:

Showing you your data usage and savings
Researching aggregated statistics in order to improve the service
To avoid any doubt, Onavo does not store any content of the data, and cannot read encrypted SSL (HTTPS) traffic. One exception is Exchange Mail traffic, which requires the user’s explicit approval (appears as a Server Authentication message after finalizing the Onavo install process). This can be turned off from the app’s Settings.

So there you have it. If you want data to go through Onavo, it’s a great way to extend your plan. Even with Rogers re-introducing their $30/6GB data plan, Onavo will surely help you save data.

Onavo Will Enable iPhone Users in Canada to Use Pandora Over 3G!

If you’re a fan of US-only music service Pandora (US iTunes account required), you’ll love Onavo. Since the Onavo proxy is run through US-based Amazon Web Services (AWS), that will trick Pandora into thinking you’re in America, thus allowing Pandora to work perfectly in Canada! I’m sure you can get creative and get other US apps working here as well.

Onavo is free–click here to download it from the App Store, and tell me what you think!

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  • Annamarie Vsr

    You just made my life!!!! Ahhhhh thanks!!

  • Annamarie Vsr

    You just made my life!!!! Ahhhhh thanks!!

  • Annamarie Vsr

    You just made my life!!!! Ahhhhh thanks!!

  • Roger

    Tip :
    With Onavo, you won’t be able to access your Rogers MyAccount app, Bell app, etc. to see your usage. For this, you’ll have to turn off “Onavo profile” in Onavo app settings. Don’t forget to put it back on after (make sure “Savings” are on as well).

  • Roger

    Tip :
    With Onavo, you won’t be able to access your Rogers MyAccount app, Bell app, etc. to see your usage. For this, you’ll have to turn off “Onavo profile” in Onavo app settings. Don’t forget to put it back on after (make sure “Savings” are on as well).

  • Ari

    Your download link is broken.

  • Ari

    Your download link is broken.

  • Ari

    Your download link is broken.

  • Jay Smith

    I like this just for the Pandora access! I’m going to try it.

  • Jay Smith

    I like this just for the Pandora access! I’m going to try it.

  • Jay Smith

    I like this just for the Pandora access! I’m going to try it.

  • Zee

    Great post, I am on 500MB BB plan running on iphone. And usually going over my data. Stupid rogers, want to change my whole plan if i want to increase my data usuage… Hopefully Onavo will help.

  • Zee

    Great post, I am on 500MB BB plan running on iphone. And usually going over my data. Stupid rogers, want to change my whole plan if i want to increase my data usuage… Hopefully Onavo will help.

  • Zee

    Great post, I am on 500MB BB plan running on iphone. And usually going over my data. Stupid rogers, want to change my whole plan if i want to increase my data usuage… Hopefully Onavo will help.

  • Zee

    Great post, I am on 500MB BB plan running on iphone. And usually going over my data. Stupid rogers, want to change my whole plan if i want to increase my data usuage… Hopefully Onavo will help.

  • Anonymous

    This is an awsome app. I have a 6 gig plan and all but I now can use pandora. I’ve been listening all day so far. Works great. I have yet to trick other apps based in the US but I’ll keep you all updated.

  • Anonymous

    This is an awsome app. I have a 6 gig plan and all but I now can use pandora. I’ve been listening all day so far. Works great. I have yet to trick other apps based in the US but I’ll keep you all updated.

  • Thanks. Fixed. Now you know my buddy’s golf handicap! 😉

  • Thanks. Fixed. Now you know my buddy’s golf handicap! 😉

  • Guest

    Stupid question I’m sure, but will this fix allow you to use Pandora over wifi?

  • Guest

    Stupid question I’m sure, but will this fix allow you to use Pandora over wifi?

  • Anonymous

    Nope. But there are plenty of VPN options you can use. Search the forums here and I’m sure you will find what your looking for.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. But there are plenty of VPN options you can use. Search the forums here and I’m sure you will find what your looking for.

  • TrueRobbers

    Is it just me or my internet connection on my iPhone became really slow after installing this app. I live in downtown Vancouver. The reception is always pretty good from Robbers.

  • TrueRobbers

    Is it just me or my internet connection on my iPhone became really slow after installing this app. I live in downtown Vancouver. The reception is always pretty good from Robbers.

  • Vas

    This method doesn’t work for me. I think you have to remove the Onavo profile from the phone altogether to get the My Rogers app to work again.

  • Vas

    This method doesn’t work for me. I think you have to remove the Onavo profile from the phone altogether to get the My Rogers app to work again.

  • Vas

    This method doesn’t work for me. I think you have to remove the Onavo profile from the phone altogether to get the My Rogers app to work again.

  • Vas

    This method doesn’t work for me. I think you have to remove the Onavo profile from the phone altogether to get the My Rogers app to work again.

  • Vas

    This method doesn’t work for me. I think you have to remove the Onavo profile from the phone altogether to get the My Rogers app to work again.

  • moosehead2000

    It mentions that your settings will change, upon install. Can those who have installed this mention what settings will change? Thanks

  • moosehead2000

    It mentions that your settings will change, upon install. Can those who have installed this mention what settings will change? Thanks

  • Sherryweavers

    How do you get it to work with Pandora? I haven’t been successful.

  • Sherryweavers

    How do you get it to work with Pandora? I haven’t been successful.

  • Drained my 3GS battery bug time!!!

  • You need to be connected to 3G for Pandora to work. It won’t work over WiFi since your home IP will be outside the USA.

  • You need to be connected to 3G for Pandora to work. It won’t work over WiFi since your home IP will be outside the USA.

  • Anonymous

    Of course it does. It simply encrypt your data, sent it to itself somewhere in the States, then decrypt data, do the requested stuff, re-encrypt it, sent it back to you, decrypt it , and wala! 

    The encryption doesn’t cause the lag of course, but when your data has to travel alot more then it should + be answered by a server.   
    I did a test this morning, i was at 3Mbps, and after turning it on, i went to .2Mbps.   Obviously, my second action was to remove it.

  • Anonymous

    Of course it does. It simply encrypt your data, sent it to itself somewhere in the States, then decrypt data, do the requested stuff, re-encrypt it, sent it back to you, decrypt it , and wala! 

    The encryption doesn’t cause the lag of course, but when your data has to travel alot more then it should + be answered by a server.   
    I did a test this morning, i was at 3Mbps, and after turning it on, i went to .2Mbps.   Obviously, my second action was to remove it.

  • Anonymous

    Of course it does. It simply encrypt your data, sent it to itself somewhere in the States, then decrypt data, do the requested stuff, re-encrypt it, sent it back to you, decrypt it , and wala! 

    The encryption doesn’t cause the lag of course, but when your data has to travel alot more then it should + be answered by a server.   
    I did a test this morning, i was at 3Mbps, and after turning it on, i went to .2Mbps.   Obviously, my second action was to remove it.

  • Anonymous

    Of course it does. It simply encrypt your data, sent it to itself somewhere in the States, then decrypt data, do the requested stuff, re-encrypt it, sent it back to you, decrypt it , and wala! 

    The encryption doesn’t cause the lag of course, but when your data has to travel alot more then it should + be answered by a server.   
    I did a test this morning, i was at 3Mbps, and after turning it on, i went to .2Mbps.   Obviously, my second action was to remove it.

  • Spanishfly

    This app seems to mess up my push gmail. I have gmail set up thru MS Exchange and cannot get any mail pushed thru.

  • Spanishfly

    This app seems to mess up my push gmail. I have gmail set up thru MS Exchange and cannot get any mail pushed thru.

  • theone

    Rogers my account doesn’t work with this installed.

  • theone

    Rogers my account doesn’t work with this installed.

  • Yes, as noted above your Rogers Account app requires a Rogers IP address.

  • Yes, as noted above your Rogers Account app requires a Rogers IP address.

  • Yes, as noted above your Rogers Account app requires a Rogers IP address.

  • Simon Cohen

    Why is it free?

  • Simon Cohen

    Why is it free?

  • Vazandrew

    But you still need a US iTunes account correct? I can’t get it to work, and rereading above it looks as though that’s why.

  • Vazandrew

    But you still need a US iTunes account correct? I can’t get it to work, and rereading above it looks as though that’s why.

  • Vazandrew

    But you still need a US iTunes account correct? I can’t get it to work, and rereading above it looks as though that’s why.

  • Vazandrew

    But you still need a US iTunes account correct? I can’t get it to work, and rereading above it looks as though that’s why.

  • You only need a US iTunes account to download Pandora onto your iPhone.

  • You only need a US iTunes account to download Pandora onto your iPhone.

  • How do you get the web version to work? I go to the site, it either asks you to download the app or when I found another way in I click play and nothing happens.

  • How do you get the web version to work? I go to the site, it either asks you to download the app or when I found another way in I click play and nothing happens.

  • How do you get the web version to work? I go to the site, it either asks you to download the app or when I found another way in I click play and nothing happens.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • The web version of Pandora? Download Hotspot Shield for PC/Mac. That should work.

  • Vazandrew

    I know about Hotspot, I was referring to running Pandora through Safari on an iPhone. It seems to me the only way is through an app which requires a US account, thus not really bringing Pandora to all Canadians. 

  • Vazandrew

    I know about Hotspot, I was referring to running Pandora through Safari on an iPhone. It seems to me the only way is through an app which requires a US account, thus not really bringing Pandora to all Canadians. 

  • Vazandrew

    I know about Hotspot, I was referring to running Pandora through Safari on an iPhone. It seems to me the only way is through an app which requires a US account, thus not really bringing Pandora to all Canadians. 

  • Kris Kross’ll make you wanna…

  • I’f you are serious about tracking your data and minutes usage, forget about using Rogers’ Mc Account app. Use “Consume” app to track usage instead; it works over 3G or wifi.

  • MugenRR

    Onavo Extend screwed up my MMS on my iPhone 5. After installation, I can’t send or retrieve any MMS so I uninstalled right away. Try at your own risk.

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