What’s Onavo Extend you ask? It’s a free app that lets you save money on your data plan by compressing unencrypted data between your device and the web. The result is that you consume up to five times less data — convenient when you’re on a tiered / capped data plan, when you’re roaming abroad or when you’re on a slower 2G network. In addition, the app keeps track of how much data (and money) you save and which apps use that data. This works by setting up a local proxy server (and changing your APN), then connecting to the company’s back end which accesses the internet on your behalf.
Onavo Extend — which was released for iOS last year and was launched on Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) at Mobile World Congress — is gaining CDMA/LTE support today for the new iPad and the iPhone 4S on Verizon and Sprint. We first experienced the app at the Google booth in Barcelona and we’ve been using it on and off since. We’ve tested it on several devices, including a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and an unlocked iPhone 4S on T-Mobile’s network (EDGE only) and it works pretty much as advertised. Want to find out more? Hit the break for a demo video along with the obligatory PR.
Onavo Extend stretches your data plan, now with CDMA/LTE support originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Onavo Extend stretches your data plan, now with CDMA/LTE support