When I bought my HTC Desire recently I had this in mind. http://www.theage.com.au/digital-lif...0509-ulqm.html
I have a $20/500 meg data pack. But even with moderate usage the widget that
measures data usage is telling me that at current rate I'll exceed my allowance.
As more and more of these gadgets are introduced to the market, do you think
that there's an onus on the telcos to make them more affordable to use in this
The usage alert from Telstra is set up to alert me when data usage as reached
80%. However, any time that I have exceeded it the SMS alert arrives later. The
last two SMSes said that I'd exceeded it by 134% and later, 237%.
This has been sorted out with Telstra (wrong code applied to my account).
Recently I mentioned this when I was using my Motorola as a modem on my laptop
when I had a 5 meg pack on it. Each time that I exceeded the 5 megs I got the
alert AFTER I'd exceeded it.
So, despite my account being configured for early alerts, in my case it's not
So, Telstra, at least, has to make it easier or simpler for smartphone users
(and now the iPad0 to quickly check their data usage. They can install widgets
to monitor data traffic but this isn't what Telstra uses to charge you for
excess data usage.
Mine has a link to "My Account". All it is is a shortcut to the "My Account"
page on Telstra's website. You need to configure and set it up first. What would
be nice is if the telcos make a widget that directly accesses the data, much
like the Firefox widget "Net Usage Item" that I use. That way you'd be able to
get an instant update of your usage.