Unless you are on an unlimited data plan, careful monitoring of your mobile online activities are needed otherwise it is very easy to exceed the monthly download limits.
The iPhone is a known data hog and Android phones in my experience are little better. Indeed Vodafone’s sales tried to convince me that a typical iPhone user does not exceed 100Mb, not entirely sure since I exceeded this from just tweeting and downloading a few apps within the first few days.
Here are a few tips to help save your allowance where possible.
Use Wi-Fi for downloads, especially for big apps, and for videos.
Switch push data off and manually check and sync updates your applications and email, preferably over Wi-Fi. This also helps conserves battery life too.
Use Mobile optimised sites where possible, unless you really need a full blown desktop page. Remember a page formatted for a big screen isn’t best for a small mobile phone screen.
Use alternative apps or compression services. Nokia’s Symbian stock browser compresses data, but for iPhone and Android try using Opera’s browser. Privacy issues asides, by going through Opera’s server and compressing the page this means browsing speeds are much quicker too. iOS users can also use the Onavo app which also compresses data. Android version isn’t available yet.
Click on the above link to petrol price lobby group Staveley Head’s site that monitors the cost of fuel in the UK. It includes a fuel cost calculator that enables users to calculate their fuel costs based on make and model of car and annual mileage, as well as an interactive map – just enter your postcode and find the best price for fuel in the locality.