TiPb Apps 4.1 (and Give Away!) -- Consume for iPhone

Consume for iPhone

Rene talks to Marc Edwards of Bjango about Consume [$0.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone. Consume lets you track your cell phone and broadband usage, packages (like new Apple Store deliveries!), club cards, and more.

And Bjango's giving away ten (10) promo codes to TiPb readers! Just drop a comment below and tell us what you'd like to see in an iPad version of Consume. We'll pick 10 of you at random (so make sure you leave a valid email address so we can contact you).

Note: Promo Codes are only valid in the US App Store (Apple's rule, not ours), and they expire, so if you get one, use it asap!

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iavian says:

Need to use consume before I can say what I need in iPad

pivale says:

Make it available for Vodafone Portugal :P

Greg Beca says:

Push notifications for when you're reaching your limit of texts/minutes AND notifications of pay period.

Anthony Powell says:

This would make a great addition to the ipad. It will add more things to make it like a netbook.

websyndicate says:

Isn't bigger better usually. So the ipad version will dominate....

Ken says:

I think the most important thing will be data so when on a us 3g plan you know when to switch to the higher teir. I know that won't be a new feature though.
I would love a way to somehow manage my iTunes accounts (personal and business).

koone23 says:

I want to win a code for this but after taking a look at it, it's perfect and I can't think of a better one...... Maybe better backgrounds??

Max says:

I Wohls Love to see some graphs in an iPad Version.

Himoe says:

Without having tried it, I would say that a nice feature would be push notifications with the ability to set when the notifications are sent such as when certain number of minutes are used or when a package gets delivered or to a particular location, etc. It might also be nice to be able to email reports.

Nikhil says:

App should alert when going over the bw usage (for limited data plans). It would be a great addon and this would enable the user to go onto either wi-fi or upgrade :)

Leo says:

I think a great addition would be an end of the day notification giving the user an update on his usage..

Dave01568 says:

I like it to have a way to track other things like oil in tank and how many bags of pellets I have for the stove

Steve Crane says:

I'd like to see in both iPhone and iPad version utilities such as gas, electric, water etc most companies have the info and would be handy for all bills in one place. Looks a nice app.

Franklin says:

Memo to turn off 3g when reding books to conserve power

zeagus says:

I have never used it, so I couldn't say what it needs, although I suspect it'd be way more useful to me on an iPad than on my 3GS with unlimited data.

Chris says:

Definitely some notification love--push, perhaps?

Bman15 says:

I would like to see bank acconts on it to send you notifications when you're close to over drawing an account

Alox says:

Since Consume has no recipe available in Mexico yet, I'd like that at first. But that's up to the provider and not Bjango.
Some sort of all-in-one bills app. To track all sorts of expenses. Utilites (eg water, gas, power), possibly some credit cards or store credits (sears and the like). Push notifications for standard options (reaching limits, due payment, package delivered),and customisable push would be nice (alerts for reaching a total amount of minutes, milestones, etc…)

Kainz15 says:

This would be great for me! Please!

eArTh says:

I would live to see some push notifications

Andrew says:

Push notifications to let you know you are reaching your data limit

coolkendude says:

I'd like to see Skype and Google Voice credits added to it.

Jim says:

I would love to see frequent flyer programs, loyalty/reward programs, paypal and even bank account balances (without detail as I have other apps for that).

Nickafour says:

Living in Australia, this is a much needed app on the iPhone ;-) For the iPad, you could start by adding the Singapore telcos (Singtel, M1, Starhub). Also, bank account information, where 2 factor auth is not required, could also be added.

Jon says:

I'd love to see Consume take advantage of the increase real estate of the iPad. Fancier graphs, view several accounts at once, etc.

GrandmaBetty says:

I'd love to see it keep track of all the people that are jealous that I have an ipad.

unchew says:

awesome didnt even know about this app til you reviewed it thanks would love to get a free one :)

Chobbs11 says:

I wanna try it! I think it'll be a useful tool!

Collin says:

They should use a percentage notification for the iPad version to help keep users alert.

Theo says:

Definitely something with push notifications. Like the ability to notify you when you reach 100mb, 150mb, 200mb of data and so on, so that if you're on a limited plan you can pace yourself throughout the month.

Joe says:

push notifications for data usage.

Jo3Bingham says:

Push Notifications is the only thing that really comes to mind. Also, just making it fit the whole iPad screen would be nice. The way they showed to maximize current iPhone apps using "double-pixel-technology" is pathetic in my opinion. Nice work though, the app looks really good.

IcantCanything says:

push notification letting you know how much data you have left.

Mike says:

I'd like to see it display a picture of a ham sandwich on an iPad.

ben says:

maybe in-app purchases for different backgrounds.

Wow says:

For all the data that will be tracked, it would be useful to be able to define when and what should be tracked like calls/data/SMS/etc. Sample. Know when calls are free and do not count against ones plan.

pn2bade says:

I would like to see optimized graphics for ipad, ability to play music from ipad on another iPhone, ipad, computer, etc

Orangensaft says:

I'd like to see better and less buggy integration with Comcast high speed internet.

Si7verwolf says:

Would be great to know how much data different processes use - online TV, searches, news, etc. - as well as how much allowance (in hours/minutes) you have left on that site...

Mellissa Pottle says:

I would hope that it can track apps, even the ones that I've deleted off my screens. Sometimes I want an app to do something later and I forget which one I paid for.

Ezaske says:

Definitely needs a push notification when you are nearing you monthly limit on iPad 3G data usage.

AndyPandy says:

I'd like to see historical data where possible. I like to be able to check I have used every byte of my Optus account over the previous month. The graphs would look sweet on an iPad too.

Hakala says:

I think a new layout of the app would look beauiful on the ipad. The current one looks awesome, but imagine four of your most often used/checked accounts shown at the tap of a finger. Also larger charts would look cool.

mjdub says:

id like a breakdown of how much data each app is using.

brandonc14 says:

More graphs and visual navigation in the iPad version please

Seth Carroll says:

Well, I first need an iPad...
Go TiPb iPad giveaway!

Janetta Garton says:

Not sure...need to try it out.

Jamie says:

I haven't gotten the Consume app or the iPad but courtesy of TiPB, I could have both.. Yippee!!!

Alvin says:

For the iPad version, a huge picture of a cake slice would be good... Yum..

Henry.L says:

It looks great already but how about putting push notification to let owners know how much available data has left? And also utilize some kind of graphs to view it more easily.

phil says:

Charts and graphs :-)

Marc says:

So, I guess an iPad version for Consume is in the works already... I haven't had a chance to try out Consume but Bjango products are pretty good... Wouldn't mind winning a copy...

Catherine says:

I would like to see tracking based on how much money is being spent on iPhone/iPad apps each month...

tyrran says:

I just hope that the iPad version will let me see a chart comparing the wifi and 3G usage after a single month, so it can be decided if paying for the 3G is really worthwhile or if a wifi will do me good. I mean, internet everywhere is awesome, but dammit, I already have an iPhone.

AndyLu says:

I guess an iPad version for Consume is in the works already… I haven’t had a chance to try out Consume but Bjango products are pretty good. Wouldn’t mind winning a copy

Eric says:

Wait till AT&T starts with their tiered models for data download, everyone will be wanting this app... Go Bjango and TiPB....

lagmefragme says:

What the ipad version really needs is a persistant screen widget that displays the status of what you're 'consuming' be that the delivery of package, anticipated arrival of a plane, etc. Thus you don't have to keep going into the app to see if the status changed. Course, that depends on the iPad supporting widgets... which indications up to this point seem unlikely. Too bad... with that much screen space to work with an iphone-esque apps homescreen seems like a waste.

Bwfeldy says:

Push notifications, maybe graphs or charts in landscape mode!!

Jin Lim says:

I think a widget showing the current status for the ipad would be awesome. But of course the ipad has to support widgets for this to happen.

Daniela says:

Nice app but not sure if its something i'd use

TroyRific says:

The app is meh for me. It's great for tracking my AT&T cellular and data. It just doesn't support a lot of services I need to track though. What would make the app incredibly more useful for me would be the ability to mail tracking numbers to special email address to get them into the app.

Freiteez says:

seems pretty cool. might check this out.

Michael says:

Great all around app to keep track of the things that you really dont think about but could use when the time comes.

jhoffmeyer says:

Looks like a cool app that would be very useful for keeping track of key information.

RRobinson4633 says:

I think that this is good for some people...not for me tho. I am not that concerned with data usage.

Orangensaft says:

Nice Oval Office-esque background window. Anyway, this is a slick app though I wish its support for Comcast High Speed Internet was more reliable. Though, I have a feeling this is probably more a problem on Comcast's end.

ninjamattic says:

I already use AT&T's tools to track my usage, though with unlimited data that's not something I really worry about. There's definitely a market for this though in areas where unlimited data and voice isn't really an option.

etc says:

This looks like it will come in handy when traveling overseas.

jeannie says:

I so can wait bring on the IPAD!!!!!!!!!!!