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What’s new in 3G Watchdog 1.18.1

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is just a bugfix release fixing the unresponsive data switch widget problem introduced in 1.18.0.

 
For the list of functionalities introduced by the 1.18.x versions, please refer to the “What’s new in 3G Watchdog 1.18.0” blog entry.
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What’s new in 3G Watchdog 1.18.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Independent plan period duration & start date for roaming usage
 
Previously they were implicitly the same as for local and Wifi usage.
 
The new parameters are in the “Roaming” section of the settings (they are visible only if you have a roaming quota, i.e. usage is not unlimited).
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New auto-disable mobile network conditions
 
In addition to already existing conditions you can now also auto-disable the mobile network:
  • when local usage for today exceeds a % of the recommended local usage for the day.
  • when roaming usage for today exceeds a % of the recommended roaming usage for the day.
  • at the end of each roaming plan period cycle. Note that in this case it’s up to you to manually re-enable the network.  
These conditions can be set up in the “Auto-disable mobile data network” section of the settings. All conditions have now checkboxes, so you can easily enable or disable them individually.
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The mobile network will be disabled if any of the checked conditions match.
 
 
Czech translation
 
 Thanks to Ondra Vajda, MrEdDy, and Josef Lacina!
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Device support
 
3G Watchdog support had been improved on  Asus PadFone 2, Motorola RAZR XT910, Samsung Galaxy Ace I. 
 
 
Bug fixes
 
As usual, a few bugs have been fixed, most noticeably a problem with the “set usage…” function (seemed to work but actually would not change usage) in some conditions.

 

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What’s new in 3G Watchdog 0.38.5

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is a minor  maintenance release.
 
Device support
 
Asus PadFone 2, Motorola RAZR XT910, Samsung Galaxy Ace I, Sony Xperia ion LT28 LTE.
 
Fixes
 
– Fixed tethered WiFi usage non identified as tethered usage on the LT15i w/ ICS
– Fixedced Wifi tethered usage not counted in global mobile usage on some devices (e.g. SGS2 and SGS3) when “use pre-froyo” is used and the tethered and non tethered Wifi interfaces are the same.

– Other minor fixes.

 

 

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What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.17.2

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* Options to send SMS alerts & daily usage reports
 

These options, introduced in 1.17.0, have been removed from 3GWP in 1.17.1 because of security concerns raised by certain users, mainly because  they require the “Send SMS” permission, classified by Android in the category “Services that cost you money”. On the other hand other people voiced their support for the new features. 

 
The solution implemented in this version to satisfy everybody is to make the SMS features availability dependent on the existence (installation) of a new application named “3G Watchdog Pro SMS extension” whose sole function is to actually perform the SMS sendings. This extension requires the “Send SMS” permission but 3G Watchdog Pro does not. With this solution you have now the choice
 
– If you want to use the SMS features then install the  “3G Watchdog Pro SMS extension” application and configure the options in 3G Watchdog Pro Settings screen (they are located in the Alerts and Misc sections, respectively).
 
– If you don’t need these extra features or don’t feel comfortable with the “Send SMS” permission, do not install the extension.
 
 
* Device support: Asus PadFone 2 on ICS
 
* FIXed tethered WiFi usage non identified as tethered usage on the LT15i w/ ICS
 

3G Watchdog Pro SMS extension 1.0.0 released

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

The “3G Watchdog Pro SMS extension” is a new application available on the Google Play Store. This is not a standalone application but only an extension to 3G Watchdog Pro (1.17.2 and newer) which adds the ability to optionally send alerts and usage reports via SMS to a chosen recipient.
 
It requires the “Send SMS” permission. This permission will be used exclusively to send 3GWP alerts & reports SMS, and only if you enable these options in 3GW Pro’s settings.
 
Do not install this extension if you don’t need these extra features or don’t feel comfortable with the “Send SMS” permission. 


 

 

 

Richard

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.17.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

* Option to send SMS alerts (warning+critical) for local and roaming usages
 
In the “Alerts” section of the 3GW Settings you can ask to send an alert SMS in addition to other forms of alerts, by checking the “Send SMS” option and entering the phone number of the recipient.
 
Note that because of this feature 3GW requires now a new Android permission to send SMS.
 
 
 
* Option to send a daily usage report via SMS
 
In the “Misc” section of the 3GW Settings you can ask to send a daily usage report SMS by checking the “Send usage report daily SMS” option and entering the phone number of the recipient and the desired sending time.
 
The report will concern the usage for the current (active) SIM card. You can set up individual reports for each card by editing the settings while the corresponding card is active. 
 
Note that because of this feature 3GW requires now a new Android permission to send SMS.

 

 

* Billing rule to exclude local 4G (LTE) traffic
 
Check this option if your operator doesn’t bill 4G (LTE) traffic.

 
 
* Roaming quota carryover
 
Like for local (domestic) usage it is now possible to specify a carryover roaming usage in the “Roaming” section of 3GW Settings:

 
 
 

* FIXES
 
The following problems have been fixed in this version:
  • Option “Auto disable network at xx % roaming quota used” was not saved.
  • It was impossible to specify the reset time for a one day plan period because “last started on” button was hidden.
  • Repetitive roaming usage alert – now done only when status *changes* to WARNING or CRITICAL.  

 

 

 Richard

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.16.1

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

* FIXed Wifi usage wrongly counted as mobile when advanced option “Calculate global usage from usage by app” is checked (error introduced in 1.16.0).

 

 

 

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What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.16.0

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* New setting to auto-disable the mobile network on end of plan period 

The mobile network will automatically be disabled if this setting (located in the “Auto-disable mobile data network” section of the 3GW settings) is checked. It is your responsibility to manually re-enable the mobile network. 

* Usage by application breakdown for Wifi and roaming mobile usages [requires Android 2.2+] 

Counting will start only after the update, so all pre-existing usage will initially be listed as “OS services + others”, but this will progressively auto-correct.

Note that you can cycle between the different types of usage (local, roaming, Wifi) by clicking on the left and right arrows around the title. For a given usage, swiping left or right on the application list will change the period displayed (plan, day, week, month). 

Reminder: click on the app list header to change the information displayed (Total, Received + Sent, Change since last refresh, or Custom change counter). 

* WiFi usage history 

Previously usage history was only available for local and roaming mobile usages. This version adds Wifi usage history. When in the history screen, select the usage type menu on top right:

Note that measured and billable usages are identical for Wifi (and for roaming mobile) usages, as they don’t have billing rules. 

* Chinese Traditional translation …for Taiwanese users, thanks to Michael Chou. 

* Device support: Sony Xperia ion LT28 LTE on Android 4.0.4. 

* FIXed Wifi tethered usage not counted in global mobile usage on some devices 

Usage tethered via Wifi (“Wifi hotspot”) was not counted as local mobile usage when the “use pre-froyo…” option (in 3GW Settings > Advanced) was checked and the tethered interface happened to be the same as the Wifi interface. This particularly affected the Samsung Galaxy S3 which matched exactly these conditions.

 

 

 

Richard

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.15.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

* Usage graph and text report for roaming usage.
 
Provided that a roaming quota has been defined (in 3GW Settings > Roaming), it is now possible to optionally display ausage graph and/or detailed status text for roaming usage in the “Roaming” section of 3GW main (report) screen.

 

As for local (i.e. national) usage, the visibility of the graph / detailed text / stats table can be controlled via the corresponding toggle “buttons” Graph / Text / Table at the right of the “Roaming” section header.
 
 
* Widgets can show roaming left and predicted usages.
 
Provided that a roaming quota has been defined (in 3GW Settings > Roaming), widgets can now display left and/orpredicted roaming usage (in addition to actual usage).
* New billing rule to not count local 2G traffic
 
If you check this option, traffic via pre-3G technologies will not be counted in the billable usage:

* Keep the TWO last auto-backups instead of only one.
 
When the “Auto-backup” option is active (3GW Settings > Misc > Auto backup checked), 3G Watchdog now keeps thetwo last backups, instead of only one previously. Auto backups are performed every hour around hh:01. 
 
 
* Device support: Samsung Galaxy S3 variants.
 
A fix previously made for the Galaxy S3 was not working on the SGH-T999V variant of the Galaxy S3. This has been corrected in the current version. 
 
 
Fixed incorrect start of plan date calculation when plan period just reset today.
 
This affects in particular the manual assignment of usage and in general history recalculations.
 
 
Other minor bug fixes.

 

 

 

 

Richard

 

What’s new in 3GW 0.38.4

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

This is a maintenance release (the Latvian translation apart).
 
* Latvian translation (thanks to Viesturs Ružāns).
 
* Device support: some variants of Samsung Galaxy S3.
 
* Minor bug fixes

 

 

Richard

 

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