AT&T to support Data Sense for Windows Phone? It's a possibility
AT&T has said it's exploring the possibility on whether or not to support Microsoft's Data Sense service for Windows Phone 8 devices on the network. The service, unveiled by Microsoft last year helps consumers control and manage their data allowances to ensure limits aren't breached and high costs added to the account. Data Sense compresses users' data transmissions in order to reduce data consumption.
According to Microsoft, the technology can provide up to 45 percent more web browsing than if the service wasn't activated (or on another platform). Users are also alerted when data allowances are being reached. AT&T provided the following response to FierceWireless:
Currently Verizon makes use of Data Sense on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform, which is especially handy for those with a carrier-exclusive Lumia 822 or HTC 8X. As AT&T is branded as a premium partner for Microsoft in the states, it would make sense for the companies to work together to bring Data Sense to customers.
Source: Fierce Mobile Content; thanks, Edith, for the tip!
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By Jez Corden
Thank goodness for the useful Data Sense.
This guy almost exclusively bashes windows phone. There's no point to feed him.
Most of us will never get to use this feature. It sucks.
I had the counter feature built in my MicroTac in 1990.
Leaving the power to implement it to carriers.... and they will have first to verify if it is "useful" for customers. Yes sure!
This thing of giving carriers control over this App is utter bullshit. This Data Sense business is just a free-pass for carriers to suck money out of us. I just hope Nokia goes around this and releases Counters for WP8 too.
I hope Nokia Europe releases Counters. Then maybe Nokia US will follow. That or Microsoft decides to do the normal thing and release the App for everyone.
This should be classed as a basic feature. I'm surprised this isn't even available to all WP devices.
I would package it up and give it to AT&T users but, there is no offical hacks for WP8 yet so I can't create a XAP and send it over....YET...
Though I concour, it is sad they have been able to block this app. I use it on a Verizon Windows phone.