Smartphone users love their bandwidth. Unfortunately, cell phone service providers aren’t quite on the same page. Most have dropped unlimited data plans, which means that users who go over their data limit can be saddled with large bills. Something you can do to avoid this is to limit the amount of bandwidth you use. Here are some tips on how to do this.
The biggest service providers, like AT&T and Verizon, have axed unlimited data plans for new customers while leaving the packages that existing customers have intact. But these customers are being pressured to pay for more expensive packages with a data cap. Both Android and iPhone users can easily keep track of their data usage to stay within the limit, though of course nothing quite compares to an unlimited data package and you may have to change your mobile technology habits.
There’s a free app for Android users that will help you track and manage your data usage. It’s called My Data Manager, and it runs on your phone in the background. It generates appealing charts that tell you which apps are gobbling up your bandwidth and you can set a data limit so you can be alerted when you’re approaching your data allowance. For a few dollars you can also purchase an ad-free version.
If you have an iPhone, there’s a similar app that you can get free from the iTunes app store that will track your cellular and Wi-Fi data usage. It will also allow you to set a monthly data limit. Again, there’s a basic, free version and another for a small fee that will give you more detailed reporting.
These apps are well worth installing because they can save you a lot of money if you exceed your data allowance. They’ve even proved useful as independent evidence when customers have received excessive bills. A few dollars spent now could save you hundreds down the line.
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