First of, I like the idea of contributing to the "project" of creating a map based on GPS enabled devices, however, I find it a problem that I am in no way able to control the data usage (I'm using the Android client, but expect it to be the same on other clients).
It is my belief that users want to be able to control how much data is send/received, especially when operating on 3G, GPRS, etc., therefore I suggest the following two changes:
- I would much prefer it, if I was able to disable the continuous checks with the server, for notifications, especially when you are living in a area which waze has just become available in, this feature seems unnecessary. I currently only want to watch the maps as and not updates about what is happening several hundred kilometres away from me, thus the added data usage seems unnecessary.
- I would also like to record new tracks, without having to be forced to upload it straight away (like google mytracks), I can't think of a reason why it should not be possible for me to wait to I get home to my WIFI network, before I upload.
I am aware that data usage can not be eliminated (without having the whole map at the client) and that is not what I am criticizing in this post. I am also aware that others have asked questions about whether it was possible to defer uploading, but nothing seems to have come from these posts, so I am posting this in the hope that waze would consider the ideas and change their client, and leading to at least me contributing more.