The app will typically use an internet connection to do two things:
- to send the collected data to our servers
- when running a speedtest
In the first case, the type of connection through which the data is sent to our servers (Wifi or 3G/4G) can be modified in the apps’ settings. There are three options:
- ‘Wifi uploads prioritized’ — the app will try repeatedly to upload data via Wifi, using a 3G or 4G connection only if it hasn’t managed to send any data in over a week.
- ‘Only allow uploads over Wifi’ — the user’s phone will only send data to our servers when connected to Wifi.
- ‘Allow uploads over 3G’ — when the app wants to send data, it will use whatever internet connection is available at that particular moment (whether Wifi or 3G/4G).
The data sending of the app will typically result in 1.5MB of data usage each month, but note that if Wifi only uploads are specified, this will have no impact on your cellular data allowance.
The Speedtest consumes more data than the transmission of collected measurements. How much data is used by Speedtests depends on:
- How often the Speedtest is run. Typically 2 per month will run automatically, but you may manually run many more.
- The quality of the network connection when Speedtests are run, since the Speedtest is a timed test and receives/sends as much data as possible in a 5s period. Because of the test length, even on LTE connections with speeds of 10 Mbps, the Speedtest will consume only around 10MB per test. But if a Speedtest is run on Wifi, it will not count to the your cellular data usage.