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How to get the most out of your cellphone data plan

Do you cringe every time your cellphone bill arrives, knowing that your overages are going to cut into your grocery budget for the month?  Are you frustrated because you have barely used your phone and yet you are still getting overages? Well, there are things you can do to manage your data and make your monthly bill less scary. The team at Queen's Managed Mobile Plans has provided you with six tips to conserve your data usage.

Are you a Queen’s Managed Mobile Plan user?

The Queen’s Managed Mobile Plan provides users with up to 3 GB of data per month. The data on our plan is pooled and consequently you cannot be notified immediately when you go over your data allotment. If you have gone over your data usage in the previous month, you will be notified by email after the billing date. This email is to give a first warning to users with the intention of preventing over-usage of data in the future.

To prevent going over your data limit, we strongly recommend you track your data usage monthly on your device. Visit the Queen’s Managed Mobile Plans General Questions page for information on how you can track your smartphone data usage.

Data Usage Tips

Begin by tracking your data usage.  iPhone users can download My Data Manager from the Apple store.  Android users can control their data usage from the Settings menu.  Reset your data usage to coincide with the start of your billing period.

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi whenever possible. On campus sign into the QueensuSecure_WPA2 network using your NetID and password.  It’s free, secure, and available almost everywhere on campus.
  2. Disable Wi-Fi Assist. Wi-Fi Assist is a new feature for iOS that automatically switches to cellular data whenever it finds that a Wi-Fi signal is weak.
  3. Control your video. Turn off video auto-play on apps such as Facebook or Instagram. Reduce video feed quality for YouTube or Netflix.
  4. Turn off automatic updates. When creating your own hot spot by tethering to a computer, make sure automatic updates are turned off on your computer. 
  5. Turn off background app updates. Stock quotes, weather forecasts and live sports updates use data. GPS tracking, auto-updates and continuously checking for new email when not connected to Wi-Fi will also use your data. Turn off Background App Refresh.
  6. Take your apps offline! Both Google Maps and Apple Maps have offline modes. You can also put your phone into airplane mode to play your game apps to save data (bonus: those pesky ads will stop popping up and using up your data as well).