Network Usage App – Keep an eye on your 3G/LTE Data

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Here is a really nice Tool to help keep an eye on your 3G/LTE Data consumption. The App presents your data consumption in a graph per month showing your download and upload totals. This way you can make sure you don’t overuse you data quota from your ISP. You can also see the details of your connection in the app, like whether it’s a roaming connection and its encryption type. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
Network Usage displays the amount of data sent and received by your network interfaces. Usage data is displayed in an easy-to-read bar graph. Drill down into the data by clicking or tapping the graph’s bars.

Features
Supports multiple network interfaces
Bar graph with drill-down capability

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Above is my own mobile data usage for the past 3 months, now you can see why I have been spotty online, you can see I have been on the road since October, and explains my large mobile data usage.

As you can see, the App is Ad supported to make it free. So it is a good tool and its free too. You can download via the Source below.

Source: Windows Store

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T-Mobile releases “My T-Mobile” App in the Store

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Here we go, T-Mobile got their acts together and released My T-Mobile app in the Store. With the Developer Preview then, they released an app that no-one used, now they’ve come back with gun blazing and released an actually useful app for Windows 8. With this App, you can now keep an eye on your T-Mo’s universe; Tile and App inclusive. Got LTE? You want to get this app before LTE sucks out all your bits and you start paying through your nose. Here how T-Mobile describes the App in the Store:

Description
My T-Mobile provides an integrated Mobile Broadband account experience for Windows 8 OS.  The live-tile displays the current data usage information, billing cycle, and key notifications from T-Mobile.  It intelligently determines the currently associated plan to show the appropriate experience in a simple and intuitive manner based on the status of the plan.  Provides a seamless connection experience to purchase plans or to top-up data.  Saves all the T-Mobile toast pop-up notifications for later viewing.  Help & Support section provides friendly troubleshooting and self-help tips.
This application requires a T-Mobile data SIM card to function.

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If you are a T-Mobile US Customer, you’ll definitely need this app. So you’d better get this into your toolbox via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Everything Everywhere’s 4G LTE Proposal Decision Delayed by Regulator Ofcom

British smartphone consumers have always lived in the shadow of their American counterparts, but why? One reason for this is that American mobile providers, like AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, have all had “4G” technology since the year 2009. There is no defined answer that makes or does not make a 4th Generation data network. Therefore, the most commonly monikered “4G” services in the United States are: WiMax (Sprint), HSPA+ (AT&T, T-Mobile) and finally LTE (adopted first by Verizon, now other networks have begun rolling it out; like AT&T). Continue reading

Verizon Network- You’re Out?

Verizon has just hit their 3rd strike this month for failures in they network systems.  For the 3rd time this month Verizon’s 4G and 3G network is under much criticism from recent outages or what some customers are calling “intermittent” service. As many of you may know Verizon does claim [in their commercials] to be in a higher class when it comes to reliable network systems and an overall service. Well, some customers beg-to-differ. In many major cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, Columbus, Jacksonville- FL and Fort Worth 4G LTE, 3G or both services have been reported down or extremely slow by many users.

Verizon has said this about the problem:

“We are investigating reports of some customers experiencing trouble accessing the 4G LTE network,” Verizon said in a statement issued to CNET. “The network itself continues to operate and all customers continue to be able to make calls, send text messages and utilize data services. 3G devices are operating normally.”

Outages were reported: December 6, Last week, and earlier Wednesday. Stay tuned to Techtronica as we follow any releases and update you as Verizon attempts to not have a 4th Strike before 2012.