Optus Mobile Usage
Keep on top of your mobile spending. Available for $1.99 on the App Store!
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Version 3.0 out now!
Keep track of your call and data usage throughout your monthly billing cycle for Optus iPhone cap plans using Mobile Usage.
It couldn't be simpler!
- One button refresh.
- Easy access to total cap and data spend relative to your monthly billing cycle.
- Shows you a breakdown of your current mobile usage.
- Provides estimates to help you pace your spending.
- Includes advanced options to control the way your total cap value is calculated.
Recent Updates & Known Issues
Optus Mobile Usage 3.0 was developed from the ground up to deal with major changes on the Optus website in April 2012. Some users have experienced problems with authenticating using the new version. Most of these users have been able to use the app over wifi after clearing their cookies in Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data. We are working on a general fix to address this problem in version 3.1 of the app. As always, updates to the app are free.
Configuring Mobile Usage
Before purchasing Mobile Usage, please make sure that you can check your usage details online on the Optus website. Once you have verified this, open the app to the settings screen by clicking the "cog" icon on the top right.
In order to retrieve your mobile usage information from the Optus servers, you will need to enter information about your account, mobile service and configure your cap settings.
Your Optus account username.
The mobile service that you want to track usage details for must be on this account.
Your Optus account password.
Please note that passwords are case-sensitive. If you are having issues logging in with the app, double check that you can log in using the Optus website and can retrieve your usage details.
Your Optus mobile number for the Optus mobile cap plan you want to track.
You can only track one mobile service at a time on the Mobile Usage app. The mobile service that you want to track usage details for must be on this account you use to log in.
|Included Cap $||
The dollar value for the included cap usage on your Optus iPhone plan. This value should include GST.
For example, on a $29 cap plan, you may have $500 worth of included calls and SMS - in this case you would enter 500, as this is the value of the included cap.
|Included Data MB||
The amount of data, in megabytes, included in your Optus iPhone plan.
For example, if your data plan includes 300MB of data usage, then you should enter 300.
|Cycle Start Day||
The day of the month on which your billing cycle starts.
For example, if your billing cycle started on the 20th day of the month, you would enter 20. You can find out when your billing cycle commences by checking your usage online using the Optus website.
The app will also retrieve your cycle start and end dates from the Optus servers, but these values do not replace the cycle start day you have entered in the settings screen. You must make sure you enter the correct cycle start day in the settings screen as this value is used to calculate your cycle duration and project estimates for usage targets.
This setting dictates how your cap and data total summaries are calcuated. You can choose what cap quantities contribute to your total cap usage.
For example, if your cap includes $500 worth of calls and SMS, but does not include international SMS or MMS as part of your cap then you should tick "Mobile Call Charges" and "SMS - Text Messaging" only. This will mean any cap expenses that don't fall into these two categories will not be added up to form the cap usage total. Please note that 10% GST is added to all cap usage dollar values.
A similar approach applies to your data total calculation. For example, if your Optus iPhone plan includes unlimited "Social Internet" usage, then you can uncheck this quantity from the usage calculation so that any social internet usage does not added up to form the data usage total.
These advanced calculation settings give you the power to control how your cap and data usage quantities are tallied. Over time, as you use diffrent usage quantities or as Optus introduces more quantities of usage, the app will attempt to add them to the settings screen as it encounters them. You will need to check any new quantities to make sure they are added to your cap or data usage.
If you are unsure about how to configure the app or you are having difficulties, please contact us via the email address found on this site.
Understanding your usage
Mobile Usage retrieves your cap and data usage from the Optus customer portal and attempts to present the information in both a summary and raw format.
The cap summary graph shows the total usage of your cap relative to the monthly included cap value.
The total cap usage value is calculated based on the "cap includes" options in the settings screen. Each quantity that has been checked in the settings screen for Usage Calculation of your cap is summed up and 10% GST is added to the total.
The total monthly included cap value is the value you entered in the settings screen. This value should already be inclusive of GST so no further GST is added onto this amount.
You can flip the cap summary to view your target cap usage per day. This is an estimate of the average amount you should be spending per day to make full use of your cap by the end of the month. Keep in mind that the usage data served by Optus is not your live usage, therefore the estimates may be out of date.
The data summary graph shows the total usage of your data consumption relative to the monthly included data value.
The total data usage value is calculated based on the "data incldues" options in the settings screen. Each quantity that has been checked in the settings screen for Usage Calculation of your data usage is summed up. Supported values for data usage are KB. MB and GB, but the app will attempt to report usage in MB.
The total monthly included data value is the value you entered in the settings screen. This value should be in MB so no conversion is applied.
You can flip the data summary to view your target data usage per day. This is an estimate of the average amount you should be spending per day to make full use of your data allocation by the end of the month. Keep in mind that the usage data served by Optus is not your live usage, therefore the estimates may be out of date.
The cycle summary graph shows the number of days that have elapsed in your billing cycle relative to the final day in your monthly billing cycle.
The number of days elapsed is calculated based on the billing cycle start day entered in the settings screen. If the billing cycle start day does not exist on that particular month (eg. if the cycle start day is 30, but the month is February), then the last day of the month is considered the start day. Please note that even though the cycle start and end dates are reported by Optus in your usage details, these are not used to calculate your cycle summary, cycle progress or usage target estimates - the value you enter in the settings screen is always used.
The end of your billing cycle is calculated to be one month from the start billing cycle start date.
You can flip the cycle summary to show you how many days you have left in your current billing cycle.
This table reflects the usage details obtained from the Optus servers. This includes quantities such as Mobile Call Charges, SMS - Text Messaging, Social Internet, etc. The app attempts to map each quantity as reported by Optus and does not add GST to the dollar values.
You can tap on any usage detail entry to see it in greater detail if the information in the table has been truncated.
Keep in mind that the usage data served by Optus is not your live usage, it is your usage details captured at a specific point in time.
If you notice any discrepancies between the reported mobile usage on the app and the Optus website, please contact us as you may have discovered a bug or it is possible that Optus have updated their website format.
This table reflects the mobile service details obtained from the Optus servers. This includes things like your mobile number, plan details and also includes the last time your usage details were updated by Optus on the Optus servers.
Note that your cycle and plan details do not override the values you have entered in the settings screen of the app. The values in the service details table are obtained from Optus and are displayed in the app for informative purposes only.
If you are unsure about how to interpret you usage data or have questions regarding the application's output, please contact us via the email address found on this site.
How does it work?
Mobile Usage automates the process of retrieving your usage details from the Optus website and summarises your cap and data usage so you can easily see how you are going relative to your billing cycle.
There are 3 parts to fetching your usage:
(a) Authentication: your username and password are used to log in to the Optus customer portal.
(b) Usage Retrieval: your data and cap usage is retrieved from the Optus cutomer portal for the mobile service you have specified in your settings.
(c) Usage Summarisation: your data and cap usage is totalled together, based on the options you have configured in the settings screen and the summary is displayed on screen. 10% GST is added to the cap spend amount.
If you experience in errors in authentication, usage retrieval or usage summarisation please double check that you can check your usage online using the Optus website in Mobile Safari. If you still experience issues with the app but not with Mobile Safari, please feel free to contact us to report the issue as we may be able to fix it in a future update of the app.
- Found a bug?
- Got suggestions for new features?
- Have a specific question about the application?
Feel free to contact us via email: iphone [AT] shihab.com.au
Mobile Usage is not affiliated with Optus. It is a summary/analysis tool that accesses your call usage data on your behalf. Optus is a trademark of SingTel Optus Pty Limited. This version of the Mobile Usage application is designed for Optus post-paid plans.
Mobile Usage makes requests directly to the Optus servers (www.optus.com.au) to obtain your mobile usage data on your behalf. It does not monitor your call usage as you go on your phone. In simple, technical terms, it is a thick HTTP client that analyses your data to produce a summary.
The seller does not warrant or represent that the mobile usage information the Mobile Usage application displays is correct or accurate. If you need strict monitoring of your call spending then please do not use this application. Rather, use the Optus website or contact Optus directly. This application is a means of convenience, so do not critically rely on it for accurate information. If you notice that Mobile Usage is producing incorrect results, please contact us regarding the bug and we will attempt to resolve it in a future version of Mobile Usage.
Mobile Usage will cease to function properly if Optus change the structure of the HTML documents produced by it's web servers or if their servers are down. We have no control over the Optus servers. If you notice that Mobile Usage is producing incorrect results, please contact us regarding the bug and we will attempt to resolve it in a future version of Mobile Usage.
Mobile Usage collects anonymous statistics about application usage to improve the speed and reliability of the application. These statistics include things like the time taken to retrieve usage and errors encountered during usage retrieval. Usernames, passwords, phone or account numbers not collected.