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The second in Ausdroid’s series of app reviews is here and today we’re looking at two apps – Vodafone Usage and Vodafone Usage Plus.

As anyone with a smartphone of any kind will tell you, data is king. Android phones are no different, and depending on your usage pattern, there’s a good chance you’re going to be using a good amount of data, and while mobile plans these days include more and more data, it’s not unlimited, and you need to stay on top of your usage unless paying excess data usage costs is not much of an issue for you.

Today, we’re looking at an app which checks your included data and plan usage on the Vodafone network. These two apps (a ‘lite’ and ‘plus’ version are available) make this a simple task. Whether you’re on a post-paid call and data plan, or a mobile data plan only, you can track your usage either within the app itself, or via a number of configurable desktop widgets.

Between the standard and plus versions, over 10,000 installs have been recorded on the market, suggesting this app is doing the right thing for a lot of Vodafone users in Australia. As the graphic to the right shows, your usage is shown graphically as well as descriptively. You can easily see how much data is remaining, and equally important is your call usage which is also shown.

A variety of desktop widgets are also available which you can use to quickly see your usage at a glance from the home screen.

Some of the features in the pro version, which we at Ausdroid recommend, are:

  • Far more widgets than the free version
  • Warning notifications, so you don’t even need to have a widget visible, or check the app, to know that your data limit is approaching.
  • No ads – because lets face it, ads in mobile apps (especially on small screens) are annoying.

One of the biggest bonuses, in my opinion, is that it supports Australian Android development, which Ausdroid thinks is a great thing.

The only detractor – for now – is that neither the lite or plus versions support prepaid plans, but this will hopefully be coming in future versions.

As with all our app reviews, this app was reviewed on a HTC Desire HD supplied by MobiCity. You can get your own here. Note that in this case, as we are not Vodafone users, we couldn’t test all the functionality of the app, so the screenshots shown are from the Market.


Vodafone Usage (Free):

Vodafone Usage Plus ($0.99):

Companies: Vodafone