South Africa has 1 of the highest data costs in Africa. We all know that we’re paying a lot for data, which is frustrating, but when you actually know that it’s so much more than everyone else, it’s downright annoying. In case you’re wondering, the average of 1GB of prepaid mobile data came to around R37 at the last check.
Considering that so many South Africans rely on their mobile data for internet access, for both personal and professional reasons, this is expensive. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot you can do about the price you pay for mobile data, but there are ways to use less data and save money on your data costs.
Here are some tips to help you get more out of your data.
Get those data-saving apps
Data-saving apps are phenomenally useful solutions to this data-hungry world and using these apps can help reduce your use. Essentially, these apps compress data and block ads, so make sure you use them when you’re out and about instead of the ones you’d normally open up when hooked up to WiFi.
A few popular data-saving apps in South Africa include Opera Mini, Datally, and MyMTN.
Turn off automatic updates
Ever wonder how you can go from having all the data you need to absolutely zero in a matter of minutes? It could be down to several reasons, but the most likely culprit is that your automatic updates aren’t turned off. And this can use a lot of data without you realising it.
Get into your settings and turn off automatic updates on your phone so that your phone and app updates only happen when you’re connected to WiFi.
Opt for offline maps
Navigation apps use a lot of data. As handy as they are, you might want to consider setting up the offline option which doesn’t need an internet connection. Off the top of our heads, Google Maps and Here WeGo are 2 great options with this feature. You can always turn things back on if you want to see what the traffic is doing (something an offline map can’t help you with) and then go back to offline mode.
Where there’s WiFi, there’s a cheaper solution
When you leave your home or work, you’re relying on your own data to connect. So, make sure that you connect to WiFi whenever possible, especially in public places like coffee shops, restaurants, and libraries. Just make sure that you’re connecting to a secure network to avoid scammers who offer free WiFi to steal personal info.
Limit video streaming
It’s tempting to watch reels and YouTube videos when you’re bored. Especially if you’re in the queue at home affairs or the dentist, but this is a great way to chow your data in no time. Sure, it’ll be an entertaining few minutes, but when you’re having to top up yet again, you’ll regret it. What you can do if you absolutely have to stream a video, is reduce the quality of the video that you’re streaming. If you can be prepared, rather download videos when you’re connected to WiFi and watch them later.
Monitor your actual data use
It’s hard to manage what you don’t measure, and luckily, most mobile providers offer data use tracking so that you can monitor your data use. This will give you insights into what’s using up your data so that you can make choices to avoid going over your limit.
Now that you’ve got a bunch of tips to help you save money on data costs, this might be the time to consider protecting your phone from loss, damage, or theft. If you thought data was costing you a bunch, you’ll be devastated by the cost of replacing your phone. Especially if you’ll have to shell out for a new phone while still making your payments on the lost or broken phone.
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