It seems that the data plans offered by cellular operators are becoming more expensive.In addition, some companies have decided to reduce the connection speed of users over network use. This means that it is time for consumers to put their phones on a diet.
In the U.S., for example, the average cell phone customer between 24 and 35 years of age consumed 578 megabytes of data per month during the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 118% on the use of the same period last year, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, Nokia Siemens Networks estimates that by 2020, the average user would consume about a full gigabyte per day. Analysts say that the charges for data services will only rise as more consumers choose to take advantage of smart phones and all its functions. With this in mind, smartphone users can reduce their consumption of data by some adjustments and changes in behaviour.
Catch the WiFi
Only half of the owners used a wireless (or WiFi) on their phones within 30 days prior to the Nielsen survey, said Don Kellogg, director of telecommunications research firm. The mobile operators charge only for data sent through their own networks, not 3G or 4G WiFi-, which means that many people are not taking advantage of a great opportunity for Internet browsing, sending e electronic and free downloads. Kellogg says the devices with IOS and Android operating systems automatically connect to known wireless networks, so it is advisable to enter the network key of the house and work. It is also advisable to wait to download applications and large files until you are connected to a WiFi network.
A wide variety of applications, including the camera and Facebook, using the phone’s GPS to detect the user’s location. It’s great for someone looking for directions, but can still function activated in the background even when the application is closed, says Alex Goldfayn, technology consultant and author of Marketing Evangelist. It’s hard to say how, but in combination with other strategies change could be enough to take users to cheaper data plans. Users can set preferences for each application to enable and disable access to the GPS individually as needed. There is also the option to disable the GPS in the entire phone, but this must be done with caution, as it also leaves useless applications to track a phone if lost or stolen.
Leave the video for larger displays
Experts agree: the video is now the largest consumer of data network. ”A film seen in streaming mode can consume about one gigabyte of data,” says Goldfayn. In this regard, recommends viewing downloaded content and rather than seeing it reproduced directly from the network and find a WiFi connection for streaming viewing mode when possible.
Choose phones that use less data
According to a recent report by consultancy Arieso, iPhone users downloaded 4S 2.76 times more data than users of iPhone 3G. However, it is unclear whether having a particular phone makes consumers spend more, or if users consume more data are prone to certain devices. In any case, users who want to reduce your bill could choose cell phones that offer fewer opportunities to use data.
Set a limit
Today, many wireless carriers offer family consumption control for a small fee, which allows users to set strict limits on phone use, including downloads. Phone users with the latest version of Android can also set preferences to stop using the data network after exceeding the limit of their choice for users.
Monitor household consumption
Depending on the plan, a family can have separate data charges for each line or a joint account, says Kellogg. Any arrangement could be problematic, given that the use of data among adolescents aged between 13 and 17 jumped 256% last year, according to Nielsen. The average consumption of 321 megabytes per month is relatively modest compared to 578 megabytes for users on average between 25 and 34. ”As with anything else that gives a teenager, should control its use,” says Kellogg.
by Jay Thadeshwar, My Profile