These days, it’s common to see everyone online, all the time. A few years ago, online meant routers and splitters and bulky internet devices. Then, mobile internet came and changed the name of the game. Now, everyone can check their emails or browse through webpages—no longer on bulky laptops or heavy laptops—but on small, sleek, and stylish smartphones.
All-day access is, of course, a nice thing to have. But it could give you sky-hill bills if you’re not careful. So, if you want to learn how to save on your mobile data plan, here are a few suggestions:
Turn Off Features You Don’t Use
This, of course, is basic. Yes, a given. Just as you turn off the shower or television or lights when nobody is using them, then you should teach yourself how to turn off any and all mobile features you aren’t using. This not only allows you to save on your data consumption, but also reduces the drain on your phone’s batteries so they last longer.
Write a note to yourself to do this before you sleep, while you eat, when you take a shower, and whenever you’re on WiFi. It doesn’t matter how long or short the time is, it’s just important that you learn to save energy.
Monitor Your Data Consumption
Fix your settings. You know you should do everything you can to keep yourself from going over your data cap. Set a limit if you haven’t done that yet. For example, you may want to go with as low as 500MB per month if you’re not a hard user or if you’re going on a vacation and won’t have that much need for internet access as you normally do.
This way, if and when you do reach the limit, your phone will warn you, and the unit will automatically shut off as soon as you reach the limit. You can also try to adjust the data usage cycle and set it on dates that cover your billing period for better tracking.
Also, don’t forget to always check apps you regularly use. Maybe those apps are consuming more data than you think. Learn how to restrict the background settings on those. If this happens with any app you’ve downloaded, just uninstall these apps completely.
If you think you can’t live without one or two of these apps, then find yourself replacements—one or two that won’t burn through your data plan.
All these will prove handy for you if you always find yourself hitting the data cap and getting charged extra.
Backdate Your Mobile Plan
If it’s possible with your carrier, then try using the backdating feature. This can help you save plenty—in case you travel a lot. AT&T and Verizon allow users to change their plans, so you could adjust some of the details in yours. Try calling your carrier to backdate your plan to include an international feature or some other feature you like.
How should it work? Let’s say you go on an out-of-the country trip. You relied on your mobile unit so much throughout the trip that your phone charges may reach astronomical levels come your due date. However, with a backdate feature, you could inform your carrier to backdate those charges to reduce the amount you’ll pay. Changing your plan may cost you money, but it’ll be a lot less than the actual amount you’ll face if you don’t backdate those charges.
This may be the best and easiest way for you to save on your data usage. If you work with a wifi connection—at home, office or at a mall or cafeteria where wifi connections operate at high speeds—then, there won’t be any reason for you to go over your data cap any more. With wifi around, you can just burn through your mobile data plan when wifi access isn’t possible. Otherwise, you’re already covered.