Do you approach the meager monthly data cap on your cell phone bill too often -- and much too closely -- for your comfort? You may want to look into Onavo Extend. The app boasts the ability to compress emails, downloads and any plain ol’ surfing to get up to four times as much data from your plan.
So how does it work? It’s pretty simple. The app diverts the data coming down to your smartphone through its cloud-based servers, so by the time content gets to you, it’s already been compressed. Additionally, Onavo can let you know exactly how much money you’ve saved, your monthly usage, and which apps are draining the most data out of your plan.
Unfortunately, in addition to iOS gadgets, the app is only available on select Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Also, users have made comments about experiencing slower download speeds because of the data’s rerouted path. But for those interested in squeezing out the most they can from their smartphone plans, Onavo Extend works as advertised.