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Old 08-28-2006, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There have been various requests for a data usage tracker/monitor. I have been looking into this for the past month, and I have tried using getNumberOfPacketsSent and getNumberOfPacketsReceived method from the net.rim.device.api.system.radioinfo class.

Here's what I have learned. These two methods do result in what appears to be valid data. It also appears that a 'packet' for these methods is one byte of data.

I monitored this data for part of one billing cycle. Every day, I would record the amount of data sent and received. Here are the results:
First Column is my results. Second Column is my bill. (all numbers KB)

Day 1- 62- 183
Day 2- 85- 105
Day 3- 88- 88
Day 4- 650- 1238
Day 5- 119- 134
Day 6- 64- 54
Day 7- 346- 589
Day 8- 57- 58
Day 9- 187- 195
Day 10- 22- 22
Day 11- 21- 22
Day 12- 33- 33
Day 13- 49- 51
Day 14- 738- 747

Some days match, but most days my bill shows higher usage (some significantly). And one day, my bill shows lower use (Day 6).

I tried testing various scenarios: email, attachments, browsing, and as a laptop modem.
One thing I did notice is that when tethered as a modem for my laptop, the SentPackets did not increase at all.

Is there anybody out there who help further this along? Is there any other way to go about this?

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