When we learned about the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS so many years ago, we were over the moon to have it.
But having the kind of feature that lets you share your mobile data with pretty much any other device you want, does come with some drawbacks.
And the biggest drawback? Your mobile data gets used, and very much abused by your sharing device/s as an unlimited data connection.
How many times have I rejoiced, having the quick and easy solution of getting data on my Mac by connecting to my iPhone? Countless!
How many times have I sworn at my Mac in the same instance, since the machine drained my mobile data thanks to a quick and dirty App Store update, DropBox sync, delayed iTunes download from late-night gaming the night before? See above for answer!
What to do?
Up until now, I have become very stingy with personal hotspotting, only using it at critical times.
Up until now that is…
Enter Trip Mode…
Trip Mode is such a simple, tiny application built for the OS X platform, that allows you to choose which applications uses the data from you hotspot.
Did you read that?
YOU choose what hits the web, and you disable what you don’t want to.
When you open it up for the first time, Trip Mode will block some obvious apps, like iTunes and the App Store, and every time a new “unapproved” app tries to hit the web, the icon flashes, and you either tick the box or you don’t.
Once connected, you can view 2 levels of stats.
One is to view the data usage in total.
This can be viewed per session, per day, or for the month. Very very handy!
The 2nd stat-level is per app, within the above selected option (session, day, month). This is extremely handy to see which apps are misbehaving and sucking out some extra data. This is also very interesting to see how heavy some websites are. (I’m looking at you Facebook)
When you are on a normal wireless connection, TM won’t open up. But the best part is that if you DO want to restrict a certain connection, perhaps if you are capped, then you simply turn it on.
You can pick up Trip Mode from their website for a a mere $7.99 (about R100).
Trust me when I say, this is the best 100 smackers that you will spend this year!
Buuuut…..if you feel it’s too much, here’s what you can do:
- Download the trial for free! This will give you 7 days FULL access, AND 15 minutes per day after that.
- Download Trip Mode and pay for the FULL license TODAY! Trip Mode is running an opening promo with a $3 discount! So you will only pay R60 for the app.
- Come to Mac Myriad this Thursday, because we’ll be giving away a handful of licenses for free to some lucky winners 🙂
- DON’T download Trip Mode, and keep topping up and paying your out of bundle data rates for ever and ever 🙂
Check it out, and I know you will love it!
Chow-chow for now