Wireless Group Launches Data-Use Site

Lets Users, Developers Gauge How Much Data An App Requires

Saying consumers have a role to play in responsible stewardship of spectrum, CTIA: The Wireless Association Thursday launched KnowMyAp.org.

The site lets users estimate how much data an app will consume before it has been downloaded.

It is also meant to be a tool to help developers conserve data usage whenever possible and help conserve battery life.

Can let you know how much data is used when an app downloaded and initialized, as well as during active running and when it is running in the background.

It also will tell you how an app will impact a data plan and how to conserve data usage.

The FCC has signaled that usage-based plans are a legitimate business plans, but it has also encouraged operators and developers to provide more information on when and how data is being consumed.

Currently the site is limited to test results for the 50 top paid and free apps from Apple and Google stores, with more being added and developers invited to submit their apps to be tested and included.

“By highlighting those apps and developers that use data efficiently, KnowMyApp.org seeks to guide consumers toward a better user experience," CTIA president Steve Largent said in a release. "We’re pleased to work with our members and the developer community to accomplish this goal since it’s important to provide apps that use data responsibly to minimize the impact on consumers’ usage as well as on wireless networks, which is fueled by spectrum."