[…] I’m slow though, so I have more questions.
an inquisitive mind is usually a sign of intelligence. don’t sell yourself short
Does Sprint data come via Sprint cell towers,
and therefore does not use the 3G I’m buying with my $25 bux a month?
not so correct this time.
your $25/mo pays for:
- basic talk and text on cellular via sprint and non-sprint (aka roaming) towers
- basic talk and text on wifi (smaller costs and sprint isn’t involved, but this costs RW some amount of $ to provide)
- some amount of data on sprint towers (native data); the amount we literally pay for is not disclosed, but we are granted the right to consume up to 5GB at full speed and unlimited data thereafter. RW likely based the pricing on the average person using much less then 5GB/mo though
- some amount of data on non-sprint towers (roaming data); the amount we literally pay for is not disclosed, but we are granted the right to use up to 25MB with zero usage above that. RW likely based the pricing on the average person using much less than 25MB/mo though.
That would seem to make sense. The two throttle thresholds–5GB of Sprint data and 25MB roaming data. Are those limits per month? or forever, or what?
actually the 5GB threshold is somewhat more complicated than this - once every 6 months RW will allow you to use up to 10GB before throttling your speeds. i like to pretend that’s not there are all and just treat it as a normal monthly throttle above 5GB, but for folks who rarely exceed 5GB and really want full speed data, this nuance may be very meaningful (and a positive attribute for RW)
And one last multi-part question: In Wander, an app set to “No Roam” does not use any roaming data, unless I switch it to “Roam,” open it and use it. Yes? And an app set to “Roam,” is using roaming data whenever it (or Google services, or some other mysterious force) wants, whether I’m using it or not, right?
the big handwaving description of wander is that : YES, setting to no-roam means it can’t use roaming data; setting to roam means it CAN use roaming data. in both cases all apps are allowed to use native data.
the nitty-gritty details include some caveats - anytime you are running an allowed app (an app set to “roam”) IN THE FOREGROUND (that is, you can see the app on your screen) then ALL APPS will have access to data (either roaming or native). Any time you are roaming and NOT running an allowed app (that is no app set to “roam” is currently the active app on your screen) then NO app will have access to data (not even the ‘allowed’ apps if they are running in the background).
it’s a tricky thing to describe in few words. i hope i’ve done it justice.
And whenever I open any of the 6 apps that Wander controls, whatever data the Dark Forces want to shove down my throat comes pouring in. Yes?
i’m not 100% sure what you’re asking here but i want to say “yes”. it sounds like you might be recognizing the reality that Wander controls the PHONE’S access to data when roaming or not, rather than each APP’S access to data. Wander uses the currently active app to decide whether or not to enable roaming data for the phone, but once enabled ALL APPS have access to data. if this is what you meant then you were absolutely correct. if not then i’m confused and need some help understanding the question.
I know this sounds picky, but I just want to understand how my tools work, and this is all new to me. Thanks again for any help here. Tim
picky is good. picky is why i wrote wander.
the source code for wander is open and free too - if you get picky enough i might suggest you download it and look at the logic directly to help clarify things a bit (and that’s not sarcasm - i really hope lots of folks would be interested in exactly this)