Microsoft unveils Data Sense for Windows Phone 8

During the keynote this morning, Microsoft unveiled a new feature coming with Windows Phone 8. Called Data Sense, this feature will allow users to track their data usage each month, and make sure they don't go over their plan. This feature is similar to what Nokia is already doing for their Lumia devices with an app called Counters, however, Data Sense goes a lot further. 

First of all, Data Sense will give you more control over your usage with different actions it can take when you're approaching your data cap. Second, you can get very detailed information on which app is using data and how much. And most importantly, Data Sense comes with data compression that allows users to use a lot less data when browsing web pages. According to Microsoft you can visit up to 45% more web pages when you use Data Sense.

This service will debut on Verizon and we'll see it later on other carriers in the near future. It will be a very nice addition to the OS and will help Windows Phone users keep their data bill in check.

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I dont understant this one, i have a built in app on my SG3 for data usage. I set the month and how much data i have and it tells me how much i used and warns me when im getting close to my cap. It also tells you each programs that has used 3G data and how much. There is no need to have phone companys telling you.

th3r3turn said,
I dont understant this one, i have a built in app on my SG3 for data usage. I set the month and how much data i have and it tells me how much i used and warns me when im getting close to my cap. It also tells you each programs that has used 3G data and how much. There is no need to have phone companys telling you.

Oh just like when phone minutes and phone clicks where different?
you called 320 minutes, yet your ISP charged you for 350 clicks. Quite sure the providers data is more accurate then yours.

I do not understand why it will be up to carriers to deploy it; I had something similar, without the GUI of course, in 1990 with my Motorola Microtac using TACS not even GSM.

Fritzly said,
I do not understand why it will be up to carriers to deploy it; I had something similar, without the GUI of course, in 1990 with my Motorola Microtac using TACS not even GSM.

I imagine they all report data use differently?

Fritzly said,
I do not understand why it will be up to carriers to deploy it; I had something similar, without the GUI of course, in 1990 with my Motorola Microtac using TACS not even GSM.

I for one, think that the Data Sense should be availabe to ALL wp8 users. Doesnt matter who is getting one, they will use data at some point... It would make sense for the phone to just know how much is going in and how much is going out... Oh wait, we are dealing with greedy telecom companies. NEVERMIND.

M_Lyons10 said,

I imagine they all report data use differently?

Mind to elaborate? As I said I was able to check how many minutes of outgoing and incoming calls I did in 1990.....
The amount of data I use should be an absolute value, easy to check and a feature of the phone with no involvement of carriers.
In other words I would like to be able to check my data usage autonomously not controlled by the same entity selling the data to me.