5 tips on how to save data

TechCentral Editor Duncan McLeod agrees that consumers’ own habits have all led to the perceptions that their data is “disappearing” from their smartphones.

Parliament has been holding public hearing on the costs of data, following the rise of the #DataMustFall campaign.

McLeod is adamant that network operators would not deliberately cheat consumers out of their data.

He explains that an increase in application downloads, software updates and video-watching contributes to the depletion rate of cellphone data.

The devices we using are getting more data-hungry and we are also using them more to consume data.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

Smartphones are really PCs in our pockets, like Windows on your desktop, they consume a lot of bandwidth.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

McLeod offered five tips on how to reduce data usage on your device:

  • switch off your mobile data when you don't need it
  • use secure wifi and connect to free hotspots as often as you can
  • only run software upgrades in wifi zones
  • monitor your data usage and set data limits on your device
  • move to a cheaper network provider

He says the question should not be about "disappearing" data, but rather about the high costs associated with it and 30-day data expiry.

It's very easy to burn through data these days. The question is whether operators should be charging as much as they are.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

Listen to the full conversation from The John Maytham Show:

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