Are you an iPhone user that spends a lot of time on 3G? Do you find that your battery seems to decrease quickly when using 3G? Do you have a limited data plan? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should take a long look at Onavo Extend. The way it works is the app actually uses algorithms to compress the roaming data you are using when on 3G. The result is the ability to elongate your data plan by as much as 5 times what you usually use.
For those who have limited data plans and use your phone on 3G a lot, this is an unbelievable savings opportunity. What’s even better is that once Onavo Extend gets enough information from your daily use, it begins to break down your data usage and shows you how much money you have saved since installing the app. Onavo Extend currently compresses all data coming from downloads like images and texts, but is currently working on doing the same for streaming media. The app will pause itself whenever you are on WiFi.
To me, there is little downside to installing an app like this. Please note that Onavo Extend will ask you to add a profile certificate to your phone. Please don’t let this scare you away as this is common with some apps. After using the app for a week, I have seen a definite difference in battery life on days when I am using my phone away from the house (on 3G). I would suggest giving it a try.
Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.3 and up
Download size: 4.7 MB