Watch My Cell is a useful application for Microsoft Windows if your mobile plan includes a contingent of free minutes that you can use without extra payment. It is quite difficult to keep track of the minutes that you have already used in the month. If you do not want to cross the free threshold, you have to either be very careful and thorough when it comes to making calls, or use an app that keeps track for you instead.
You can naturally call your cell phone provider to find out about the remaining free minutes of the month, but that too can become a burden.
The free application Watch my Cell keeps track of that for you and sends you a text message or an email when you have only a set amount of free minutes left in any given month.
You do need to download the Watch my Cell application to your system and configure it to use it. You do need to add the log in information that your cell provider gave you, the amount of free minutes that you have with your account, and the threshold when you want to receive the notification.
Watch My Cell supports only a few major cell phone providers at the moment and all seem to be Us-based which makes the application at its current stage useless for users from other countries. Supported companies are Cingular / At&t, Sprint / Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon. It is also possible to check the remaining minutes in your system tray by simply hovering over the icon of Watch my Cell.
Update: The program is no longer available, and the website it was hosted on is now hosting not safe for work contents. We have removed the link as a consequence as it makes no sense to link to it anymore.
Alternatives are available. Some providers include cost control applications with their phones. If yours do not, you can download apps like dodol Phone for Android which lets you monitor SMS, bandwidth and calls. It provides access to real-time data and reports that you can use, and a feature to set custom limits.
Apple iOS device owners can download and install a program like Mobile Calls Lite instead.
Since it is running directly on your phone, it is real easy to keep an overview of your activities so that you know exactly when you are out of free minutes or SMS.
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