Solved phone with software like bigtruckstop: use data?

Asus / M11bb-ca002s
October 16, 2015 at 06:58:44
Specs: Windows 8.1 64 bits, AMD Quad-Core A8-5500 3.2GHz/ 6gb 1600MHZ
new to this. I will be on the road and saw there is many new software like : big truck stop or trucker path pro or even my pilot, that tells us price of gas, if parking available and even if scales are open....
I only have a phone with minute by minute system (10cent a minute anywhere in America) I don't have data included with it. and I have never needed more. (don't even know how data charges works on it)

I tried to see but they(these 3-4 softwares) never mention if it needs data, all we know is the software is free.
How do these software works? its really free or it uses minutes on phones or it needs data and they can rack up a bill?

Any help appreciated. would nt want a 3-400$ bill waiting for me at home after trip.
If there is a way of knowing if they charge anything upfront id like that: they seem to want many permissions....

Manufacturer: Asus
Model: M11bb-ca002s
OS: Windows 8 64 bits
CPU/Ram: AMD Quad-Core A8-5500 3.2GHz/ 6gb 1600MHZ
Video Card: Radeon HD 7560D Graphics
Sound Card: realtek


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October 16, 2015 at 07:56:02
One last thing reading the type of app you wish to make use of, I can't see any reason why when you are on the road and wish to take a break at a truck stop that you can't update the app using their free wireless internet service (if available). Just a thought.

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#1
October 16, 2015 at 07:08:42
You can assume that any software that provides information like this will require data access. How else would it obtain the information?

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#2
October 16, 2015 at 07:24:36
If I have no plan are they blocked? or they would charge me?

Manufacturer: Asus
Model: M11bb-ca002s
OS: Windows 8 64 bits
CPU/Ram: AMD Quad-Core A8-5500 3.2GHz/ 6gb 1600MHZ
Video Card: Radeon HD 7560D Graphics
Sound Card: realtek


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#3
October 16, 2015 at 07:33:32
The easiest way to determine if you are using data via an app whilst on the road is to disable mobile data, 4G or 3G or LTE (whichever mobile data technology your device uses).

Now travel with the app running and if it kicks up a stink it wants / needs to use mobile data.

There are travelling apps that don't require you to use mobile data although they might like to send packets of information to give you the best user experience such as tomtom. The maps are preloaded but can give you traffic updates if you allow if access to your mobile data subscription.

Often the data usage of these kind of apps will be minimal. But some will chew up data at an alarming rate.

Android keeps a tally of how much data an app uses so it would be a good idea if you wish to trial an app to reset the data usage settings and going for a short drive. Have a look at the log afterwards and see how much data from that particular app has been used.


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#4
October 16, 2015 at 07:40:35
Re #2:

Can you browse webpages when out are out of your home wifi range?

If not then you aren't getting allocated mobile data.

Just check if the Internet is active when you are away from home is the best way to check.

Telcos can have deceptive ways of reaching into your pocket so sometimes the best way to check is to test. You can call them and ask also.


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#5
October 16, 2015 at 07:56:02
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One last thing reading the type of app you wish to make use of, I can't see any reason why when you are on the road and wish to take a break at a truck stop that you can't update the app using their free wireless internet service (if available). Just a thought.

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#6
October 16, 2015 at 08:08:38
yeah I just tried them all on tablet (which has no provider) amnd nothing worked. so obviously we need internet so data...thanks bummer though

Manufacturer: Asus
Model: M11bb-ca002s
OS: Windows 8 64 bits
CPU/Ram: AMD Quad-Core A8-5500 3.2GHz/ 6gb 1600MHZ
Video Card: Radeon HD 7560D Graphics
Sound Card: realtek


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#7
October 16, 2015 at 08:15:15
Yeah that's a shame. If you don't mind me asking, what were you looking for in an app for traveling? There are a plethora of options out there and someone may be able to give you a good alternative.

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