DataMan was one of the first iPhone data trackers when it debuted back in 2010, after AT&T 86ed the utopian guarantee of unlimited data.
This new iteration, DataMan Next, is much prettier, but essentially does the same thing: It tracks your data usage and warns you before you spend money needlessly on data overage charges; it can even predict whether you’ll end up going over your monthly allowance. And today, it’s free.
Under the app’s bright, neat wrapper is a wealth of helpful functionality. You can set custom thresholds and alerts, view past usage by month and even track your wifi usage. If you’ve ever kicked yourself for slipping over your limit — or even just stressed about it — you need this app.
For more detailed tracking, DataMan Pro (iPad version here) is half off at $5 and gives you additional info like which apps are gulping the most data and maps all your data usage geographically.
When he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.