Your mobile bill is expensive enough as it is without adding extra fees on top of it. However overage charges do just that. For most mobile plans today you are given a set amount of “data” that you can use each month. This data is spent whenever you access the web through your mobile company. If, at the end of the month, you have used more data than you were allowed, you will get hit with a pretty hefty fee. This can make paying an already expensive mobile bill all that much harder to pay. If this has happened to you, or if you are simply worried that it might, we have some advice that might help.
- Utilize WiFi – Data is only used when you connect to the internet over your mobile network. If you are connected to a WiFi network however, you will not use any of your data plan. This is why it is a good idea to always connect to a WiFi network whenever you can. If there is a movie or podcast you would like to listen to on your way to work, instead of streaming it during your commute, consider downloading it before hand while you are on a WiFi network. Doing simple things like this will seriously cut down on the amount of data that you use.
- Track Your Data – It can be hard to know if you are about to go over your data limit if you do not know how much data you have used so far that month. Most mobile companies and handsets have a way for you to track how much data you have used so far for that billing period. By keeping track of what you have used so far, you can be more careful about how much you use the rest of the way.
- Change Your Plan – If you find that you are going over your limit each month no matter what you do, consider upgrading your plan. It may be cheaper for you to simply get a plan in which you have a larger data limit instead of paying the fee each month. The new plan will most likely cost more money, but in the end it could end up saving you. Crunch the numbers and see what your mobile company has to offer in terms of a larger data limit. If the numbers work, then you should go for it.
- Capped Contracts – Lastly, if you have someone on your plan that is not very mindful of their data limit, or if you are terrible at remembering yourself, you can get a capped contract. Some mobile companies now offer plans that cut off your data usage once you have reached your limit. This can be an inconvenience when you suddenly have no more internet, but it will save you money on fees. It’s great for parents who want to keep their kids under a strict plan, or for people who need a harsher incentive. Not every mobile company offers this plan however (most like it when you pay fees!) so talk to yours and see what is available.