The amount spent on maintaining a smartphone is definitely on the high side. It has become a recurrent expenditure for some people. Regardless, you cannot do without your smartphone. Hence getting rid of it is not an option. At the same time, if you are not careful, you will be spending an outrageous amount on your phone.
Therefore, it is important for you to reduce your smartphone expenses. In line with this, we roll out smart ways you can lower the amount you spend on maintaining your smartphone.
- Use chat apps instead of SMS
The number of individuals who send SMS has significantly dropped. The reason for this is not farfetched. It is because there are more instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook Messenger that you can use to exchange messages. In fact, you can get immediate feedback.
- Subscribe to the same network with your partner and family
You should use the same network with whosoever you interact with frequently. It is cheaper to call similar networks and quite expensive if you subscribe to different networks. Interestingly, since mobile phones can accommodate as many as three SIM cards, they have all the networks.
- Be conscious of your data usage
Another way you spend money on your smartphone is via data subscription. In Nigeria, 1.5 GB cost N1,000. And the fact is you will subscribe twice or thrice before the month runs out. So, you should be conscious of how you use data. You can decide to do away with apps and make use of the web version (Opera Mini). And if you can, use Wi-Fi if you have access.
- Reduce your plan
There are many ways to save money on your smartphone plan, and unless you are a complete junkie, you may not actually need the unlimited data option.
Check your usage statistics on your phone. You may find that you are only using a fraction of the data that you are actually paying for. If you think you have the willpower, downgrade your data plan and then work to stay within your limit. It will shave a tonne of money off your bill each month and you will stop paying for data that you don’t use.
- Use Wi-Fi more
Finding free Wi-Fi is awesome, especially if you have a limited data plan. The second you connect to Wi-Fi, you unburden your cell phone network, enjoy faster speeds, and can surf all you want for free. Be sure to sign into public Wi-Fi when it’s available; just don’t do anything private, like check your online banking, until you have a secure connection elsewhere. Using Wi-Fi means you’re not paying for data, which means it’s perfect when you want to stream a video or download a couple of new songs on your phone.
- Grab text and voice apps
Are you thinking about calling your cousin in Turkey or your sister in Canada? Don’t eat up both minutes and incur long distance costs. The same goes for texting, sending international and out-of-network messages can add up, especially if you don’t have unlimited texting.
Fortunately, apps like Viber, WhatsApp and Skype allow you to use your phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities to send free texts and make free calls without worrying about added fees.
- Turn off in-app purchases
For those who download all sorts of apps on their phones, there are some in-app purchases you have to use to have full complements of other apps.
So, turn off in-app purchases so that you don’t have to pay for them. It is unnecessary. But you will be surprised that some people pay for these addition fees to download an app.
- Get an ordinary phone
This is quite radical but if you want to lower your phone cost, you should get an ordinary phone. The only money you will spend on an ordinary phone is on a prepaid card. In other words, take a break from your smartphone. It helps. But, the truth is, it is difficult. Still, you can try
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