7 Top Tips to stop you going over your data allowance

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Tip # 1 – Know your data
Do you know how much data you have included in your tariff? Make sure you find out and keep this in mind when using your phone out and about. If you only have 1 GB data included in your tariff  it’s probably not a good idea to watch a film or stream a lot of music when you’re not on Wi-Fi.

Tip # 2 – Tariff Review
Do you know how much data you tend to use on average? Ask your telecoms provider to do a tariff review of your last 3 months usage. This will give you an idea of how close you get to your data allowance each month. If you find that you’re going over your data regularly then it is probably more cost effective to increase your data than it is to pay the overspend each month.

Tip # 3 – Wi-Fi
It sounds obvious, but so many people don’t do it. If you can get on Wi-Fi make sure that you do.

Tip # 4 – Wi-Fi Assist
If you’re an iPhone user make sure that you turn off Wi-Fi assist. Wi-Fi assist is a setting that is automatically set to on and it means that if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t very good then your phone will automatically use your mobile data to get a better connection.

To turn it off go to: settings > mobile data > scroll all the way down and turn off Wi-Fi Assist

Tip # 5 – iCloud Drive
If you use iCloud for photo and document sharing and back up then you could get caught out if you haven’t turned off iCloud drive in your mobile data settings. If not turned off this setting will allow your iCloud to use your mobile data to transfer documents and data continuously racking up huge data usage.

To turn it off go to: settings > mobile date > scroll all the way down and turn off iCloud Drive

Tip # 6 – Data usage limit – Android
Android phones make it a little easier to manage your data usage as you can actually set a limit on your monthly data usage and even opt for an automatic disconnection if you reach your limit.

To do this go to: settings > data usage > billing cycle > data limit and billing cycle

Tip # 7 – Hot Spot
A personal hot spot can be so useful if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to Wi-Fi. If you get a power cut at work or home or your broadband is down then it can be a real help to turn on your hot spot and connect your other devices – be that a tablet or your laptop. But… if you don’t have the data capacity to support this it can be a very expensive move.

To help with disaster recovery in your business it’s probably a good idea to make sure that you’ve got enough data on at least one of your connections. This will support you all working during a power cut or if your broadband does go down. Better still, get a 4G mobile broadband connection to act as your backup as and when necessary.

If you’d like a quote for a mobile broadband back up connection then give us a call on 01252 916 888

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