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Internet Usage on Smartphones

Internet Usage on Smartphones

Are you aware of the data usage on your Smartphone?

We are frequently approached by our valued customers complaining about their mobile internet usage despite barely using any data. To investigate the complaint, when we inquired about their handset type, majority of the customers told us that they were using smartphones: iPhone, HTC, Samsung and other android devices.

So here is the simple fact:

Smartphones can use up the mobile internet without even you realizing it. There are applications which can use a fair amount of data when they’re not open e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail’s scheduled synchronization for new emails, weather updates, application updates, social networking application updates etc. Therefore, you easily end up using mobile internet and getting charged for it without even knowing it. It’s expensive to use mobile internet over Base Rate when you are not subscribed to any mobile internet bundle so it is important to track how much data you’ve consumed while using different applications & web-browsing.

Below are some tips that will help you to control your mobile internet usage:

The below table will facilitate data users to gauge the average data consumption against the listed services.

Service Usage Average Data Size
TV Watching 15 mins of one episode of a series 45MB
You Tube Music Video – 4 mins 11MB
Radio App (streaming) 10 mins 15MB
Facebook 15 mins with no video streaming 5MB
Email 100 emails sent/received with no attachement 2.5MB
Email with photo or doc attachment 10 email sent/received containing attachement 18MB
Web browsing (standard web pages e.g. mostly text) 50 web pages / 30mins 10MB / 13MB
Google Maps 10 mins 6MB
Music 1 music track 5MB
  1. Turn off “push notifications”
    Especially for your emails, social media and GPS apps. Go to Settings > In the “device” section, tap “Apps” > Uncheck the box for each app that says “Show Notifications”.
  2. Data-based text services
    If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi try not to use apps like WhatsApp or Viber as they also use data to send text messages. But if you are text savy & wants to be connected all the times using applications like Viber, WhatsApp, please make sure that you are subscribed to one of Mobilink’s mobile internet bundle. This will help to reduce your mobile internet billing shock.
  3. Beware of “free” apps
    Free apps are increasing in popularity, however they can often use up more data than the premium (paid) version as they generally have more ads.
  4. Manually close certain apps
    Pressing the back button when exiting out of apps, instead of the home button, will close down your apps. However, for certain apps such as GPS (maps), video or audio streaming (Youtube, Spotify etc.) or VoIP (Skype) go to Settings > Application > Manage Applications > Running, then open the app you wish to close and force close. Be careful when using these apps over mobile internet as they tend to use up a lot of data. For further assiatance, there are Applications that can be downloaded to make closing other Apps easier. ‘Task Killer’, for example, should close most Apps in one go.
  5. Track your data usage
    Monitor your monthly data. Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Data Usage. In this same section you can select “Set Mobile Data Limit” to be sure you don’t exceed your monthly limit.
  1. Turn off “push notifications”
    Especially for your emails, social media and GPS apps. Go to Settings > Notifications > Select the app e.g. Facebook app > Turn “Notification Centre” OFF.
  2. Change your Wi-Fi settings
    Make sure certain services run only over Wi-Fi, rather than mobile internet. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Mobile Data > Scroll down to where it says “Use Mobile Data for:” > choose OFF for those services that you don’t want to run over mobile internet.
  3. Turn off iMessage
    iMessage uses data to send text messages. If Wi-Fi is unavailable and your plan includes unlimited SMS, turn off iMessage by going to Settings > Messages > turn iMessage OFF. But if you are text savy & wants to be connected all the times using applications like Viber, WhatsApp, please make sure that you are subscribed to one of Mobilink’s mobile internet bundle. This will help to reduce your mobile internet billing shock.
  4. Beware of “free” apps
    Free apps are increasing in popularity, however they can often use up more data than the premium (paid) version as they generally have more ads.
  5. Manually close certain apps
    Make sure apps that use GPS (maps), video or audio streaming (Youtube, Rdio, Spotify) or VoIP (Skype) are not actively running in the background after you exit out of them. Do this by tapping the home button twice > apps that are open should be running along the bottom of the screen > tap and hold any app icon > press the red button to close the app. Be careful when using these apps over mobile internet connection as they tend to use up a lot of data.
  6. Be aware, watching video clips and listening to radio is data intensive as is downloading videos or music – see the table below for examples.