Essential app for LTE iPad: XVision's DataMan Pro 6.1

If you purchased an iPad mini with LTE you need to keep an eye on your data usage. This essential iOS app monitors the cellular data usage on your LTE iPhone or iPad so you can avoid expensive overage charges.

iPad mini LTE Essential: XVision's DataMan Pro 6.1 - Jason O'Grady

XVision's DataMan Pro ($4.99 for iPhone and iPad) is an essetial iOS app if you pay for a data plan by the byte -- as most people do.

Even if you're grandfathered into a so-called "unlimited" data plan, you'll still get throttled if you're a heavy user (Netflix, anyone?), so it makes sense to track your data usage so that you don't get hit with heavy overage charges.

Apple offers basic cellar data usage statistics in iOS (Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage) but they're completely useless if you forget to touch the "Reset Statistics" button on your anniversary day each month. 

That's where DataMan Pro comes in. Start by entering your monthly data allowance and the anniversary date when your plan renews each month and DataMan takes it from there. This incredibly useful iOS app monitors your cellular (and Wi-Fi) usage and provides you with real-time alerts about how much data you've used and how much data you have left in a given month (above). DataMan Pro sends alerts via Notification Center, so you'll get a notification while using Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, Spotify, (or any bandwidth intensive app you're using) before you hit your data cap.

The Current Usage screen displays how much data you've used, broken down by "today," "this week," and "this month." It also breaks down your cellular data usage on a day-by-day basis.

iPad mini LTE Essential: XVision's DataMan Pro 6.1 - Jason O'Grady

DataMan's Precise Tracking feature tells you exactly which apps are using your precious data packets:

iPad mini LTE Essential: XVision's DataMan Pro 6.1 - Jason O'Grady

More Features:

  • Track cellular (LTE/4G/3G) and Wi-Fi usage in real-time
  • View past usage by the hour, day or month
  • Map where you used data, handy when you travel and roam
  • Four levels of usage threshold alerts
  • Three data allowance types to suit your plan
  • Always visible usage Dashboard 
  • Quickly see current usage with numbered badge on app icon
  • Export usage statistics
  • Work with all carriers, no login required
  • Secure and private, unlike apps that reroute your data

Both Verizon and AT&T charge an overage fee of $10 per 1 GB, so $5 is well spent on DataMan Pro. It can easily pay for itself in its first month of use. Both DataMan Pro for iPhone and iPad are available for $4.99 -- 50% off -- for Thanksgiving. The sale ends on Black Friday, November 23, at 5 a.m. EST.

iPad 4G data plans compared - Jason O'Grady

So, what data plan did you get? How do you keep tabs on your usage?