Review: Track iPhone Data Usage with DataMan


One of the biggest complaints Canadians have is the lack of unlimited data plans from the Big Three. They claim 97% of Canadians use less than 500 MB of data per month. I have that plan, and I worry about going over the limit and accruing astronomical overcharges.

Thank God, DataMan is here to save the day!

DataMan is an app that monitors the amount of data you use in real time. It monitors both your cellular and and wi-fi usage daily, weekly and monthly.

DataMan also gives you a history of your usage from one day to any other day.

One feature that I really like is the ability to set the billing date. I like this because I can monitor my data usage from the beginning of my billing cycle.

Another great feature is the one that allows you to set daily, weekly and monthly data allowances. Let’s say I set my daily usage at 5 MB, when I check the cellular data screen it will tell me how much of that 5 MB I have used as a percentage in KB/MB. It will also give me a notification the next time I open my app but only if I am really close to the limit.

Finally, with DataMan you can set alerts. These alerts are similar to the text message alerts the Big Three send out. But here you set the limits on when to get these alerts.  We can’t relay on the Big Three, RIGHT?

P.S. Just for fun, if you ever wanted to Geo Tag your activities you can do that now with DataMan.

Description from iTunes :* Data Usage Manager * Monitor your cellular and Wi-Fi data usage in real time * Stop additional charges on your bill * Geotag your data activities * Be alerted of your consumption with customizable usage thresholds * DataMan monitors your data usage in the background, keeping a log of your activities. What’s more, it geotags your data activities. So you can browse your daily data activities on a map. You can even zoom in on the map to see the time and usage amount for certain places.

To help manage your data consumption, you’ll receive alerts when you exceed your usage thresholds. There are 4 levels of alert thresholds that you can customize to your needs to prevent additional charges to your bill.

Click link to download the app. It’s 99 cents and requires iOS 4.0 or later.


  • Ben Senise

    Would have been nice if in the article you could tell us the price and if it’s iOA 4.X only.

  • Ben Senise

    Correction: iOS 4.X only

  • Anonymous

    How much battery does this App use? Since it runs in the background.

  • Abc

    Like this? (see the last line in article)

    “Click link to download the app. It’s 99 cents and requires iOS 4.0 or later.”

  • cwh

    Rogers just had a deal on where you could buy a 6gb data package for $30… Might alleviate some people’s worries for going over their plan..

  • agreenspoon

    Does anyone else not get the text alerts from dataman? It only alerts me when I bring it to the foreground??!

  • The last line clearly answers your question.

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  • Good news. DataMan 2.0 is approved and available in the App Store now 🙂

    Please update and give us a review in the App Store. Thank you.

    The new DataMan app makes background geotag and location services optional. This will satisfy users who want to save every tiny bit of battery power. Plus, a new great way to view your usage everyday. Now you can see your daily usage pattern. The new DataMan adds support for iPhone 3G.

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  • I think Threshold in the app store is quite good.

  •  I like Threshold but the lack of any type of support is scary. There is absolutely no way on the site to contact the developer. Thats my only concern