The internet has gone Pokémon crazy, and so have many of the Ausdroid writers (I’ve got 29 so far today). Many people are discussing the games ability to drain your battery, and believe us it does, or it’s relative instability, which believes us it is.
However, no one seems to be discussing that this is a connected game and as such it does use your data, perhaps this is obvious but we bet more than one person is going to get caught out. Now if you’re at home and on WiFi more than likely that’s not an issue – but the ‘Go’ in Pokémon Go involves you actually getting out there and being on the go to find Pokémon, so that’s not much of an option. If you’ve got lots of data, perhaps you just re-negotiated your plan, then you’re probably ok.
If however, you’re on a limited cap then you’re going to want to watch your data. I’m conservatively using about 50MB of data a day, and I’m not playing that much. 50mb x 30 days = 1.5 GB. We don’t think this will be a massive issue however if you’re not used to monitoring you daily data usage and you’ve got a limited cap or often get close to it perhaps now is the time to start.
The various carriers all have apps Optus: My Optus, Telstra: Telstra 24×7 and Vodafone Australia has My Vodafone. Each of these apps allow you to track your data usage pretty easily with a data widget you can place on your home screen.
There are other MVNOs on the market most of whom have their own apps as well, but without access to those we can’t show you – but suffice to say we’d love you to show them off below in the comments. And let us know – how much data have you blown catching mythical electronic creatures?