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Mobile Future Highlights Innovative Tools Available to Help Consumers Manage Wireless Usage

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January 11, 2011

Mobile Future Highlights Innovative Tools Available to Help Consumers Manage Wireless Usage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mobile Future filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at imposing new rules to help consumers avoid unexpected mobile usage charges.   

In the comments, Mobile Future pointed to pioneering tools and applications currently available that help consumers manage and track their mobile usage and avoid unexpected charges. The group urged the Commission to avoid imposing blanket rules, and instead look for ways to educate consumers about the tools and information already available.

“The wireless marketplace is quickly delivering new resources each day to help consumers manage their mobile experience,” said Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter. “We urge the Commission to pursue a path that allows the creativity and competitive spirit of the marketplace to continue to develop new tools to help consumers track and monitor their wireless usage and services.”

Following is a chart outlining a range of mobile applications currently available to enable consumers to manage their mobile usage:

 

Application

Capabilities

Platform

Cost

3G Watchdog

Data usage tracking, customized alert settings when approaching limit, and ability to automatically turn off data use before exceeding limits with installation of APNDroid

Android

Free

AT&T MyWireless

Data, minute, and message tracking, view bills and make payments, manage features (for AT&T subscribers)

Android,

Blackberry,

iPhone

Free

Cell Manager

Data, minute, and message tracking, blocking for unwanted calls

Blackberry

Free

CellPlanTracker

Minute and message tracking, email alert when 90% of limit reached, data usage balance, emails usage reports and recommends cell plan changes

Blackberry

$2.99

Cell Usage Tracker

Data and message tracking, push notification when nearing limits, customized usage alerting threshold

iPhone

$0.99

CellTime Tracker 2.05

Minute tracking, usage notifications, overage cost estimation, categorized airtime usage counters

Symbian

Free

DAVID

Minute and message tracking, alerts when usage exceeds 85% of limit

Blackberry

Free

Data Usage Tracker

Data tracking, customized alerts

iPhone

$0.99

e-office Mobile Data Alerter

Data tracking (including when travelling internationally), customized alerts

Blackberry

Free

Minutes PLUS

Data, minute, and message tracking, alerts when approaching limits, user definable screens for calculating available data, track overage costs for peak, offpeak, weekend, data roaming, mobile-to-mobile, calculate calling statistics

Palm

Free

Mobile Minutes Tracker

Minute balance, data plan balance, SMS use, overcharge protection alerts, track rollover minutes, get bill details and information on previous payments

Blackberry

Free

Mobile Minutes Tracker Premium

Minute balance, data plan balance, SMS use, overcharge protection alerts, family plans support, email alerts when usage limits exceeded

Blackberry

$2.99

My Data Usage Pro

Data tracking, usage analysis to predict when data limits exceeded, color-coded warnings for when approaching limits

iPhone

$0.99

My Verizon

Access to voice, messaging, and data usage information, check account balance, make payments, locate stores.

Android,

BlackBerry

Free

NetCounter

Data usage tracking and alert notifications

Android

Free

Pageonce “personal assistant”

Minute tracking

Android, Blackberry,

iPhone, Windows Mobile

Free

Phone Dashboard Minute Tracker for Mobile

Minute and message tracking, customizable alerts for potential overages, project usage statistics, review call history through graphs and a flexible call log, monitor free calls and mobile-to-mobile minutes

Windows Mobile

$14.99

PhoneUsage

Data, minutes, and message tracking, overage alerts, set limits on daily, weekly and monthly usage

Android

Free

SPB Wireless Monitor 3

Data tracking, overage alerts

Windows Mobile

$14.99

T-Mobile My Account

Free minutes usage alerts, overage alerts, payment reminders, billing summaries (for T-Mobile users)

Android

Free

 

 

*Sources:  AndroLib, http://www.androlib.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); Apptism, www.apptism.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); Bill Snyder, How to Avoid Mobile Phone Bill Shock: 5 Fixes, CIO at 2 (June 9, 2010), http://www.cio.com/article/596370/How_to_Avoid_Mobile_Phone_Bill_Shock_5_Fixes?
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; BlackBerry App World, http://appworld.blackberry.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); GetJar, www.getjar.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); Handango, www.handango.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); iPhone Application List, www.iphoneapplicationlist.com (last visited Jan. 6, 2011); Kevin Purdy, How to Keep Track of Your Cellphone Data Usage, Lifehacker (June 8, 2010), http://lifehacker.com/5557836/the-best-tools-for-monitoring-your-cellphone-data-usage.

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