Your mobile bill is expensive enough without adding on extra fees. Unfortunately, a lot of people are hit with overage fees each month. This can make an already expensive mobile bill even harder to pay. If you are one of these people, you are probably looking for a way to remove this fee from your bill. Well you're in luck, as we have some tips on how you can do just that.
First of all, what exactly is an overage charge? Here's how they work. For most new mobile phone plans, you are given a mobile device, and a certain amount of minutes you can talk and text messages you can send. Along with this, if you have a smartphone, you are given a set amount of “data” that you can use. Data is used every time you connect to the internet through your mobile provider, whether it be to check your email, browse Facebook, or stream a movie. Data amounts accumulate throughout the month, and if you go over the limit that was set, you will be charged an overage fee. To keep this from happening, you have a few options.
Your first option is to reduce the amount of data you use each month. There are two main ways you can do this. You can either restrict the amount of things you do involving the internet, or you can connect to WiFi whenever possible. To restrict your data usage, you will probably want to cut back on things that use a large amount of data, such as watching movies on the internet, or streaming music. Checking your email requires a small amount of data in comparison, so you really want to aim for the things that have a high usage. The best time to use these things is when you are connected to WiFi, since that will not run up your data usage. Anything you download while connected to WiFi will not count against your limit, so you can use it as much as you'd like. A combination of both of these strategies is the best way to reduce your overall data usage.
If you can't, or don't want to, lower your amount of data usage, your next option is to alter your current mobile plan. By increasing your data limit you make it more likely that you will be able to stay underneath it. However, a larger data limit will normally cost more money. It is important to crunch the numbers and see which is best for you. Raising your data limit may be cheaper than paying the overage fee each month. If you don't want to raise your limit, and simply want something that forces you to be more mindful of your data usage, you can get a capped contract. With a capped contract your data plan will shut off once you hit the limit, keeping you from going over. You will be inconvenienced however, since you will not be able to connect to the internet through your mobile provider until the next billing period. Capped contracts are great for parents who want to put a tighter leash on how much data their children use. Talk to your mobile provider and see what kind of capped contract options they have available.