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If you own an Android mobile phone or tablet, you really need to read this article published this week in The Age.
If you value your privacy, you may want to check what apps you have installed on your device - Big Brother may be watching you!
Click/tap on the link below to read the article from The Age.
One in four apps on your Android mobile needlessly mining your personal data | theage.com.au
You may have seen an earlier article that I published about my preferred option for having mobile phone access while I travel, the Woolworths Global Roaming SIM. (See How to keep in touch by phone while travelling overseas.)
Not only does this SIM give you relatively cheap mobile phone access in a large number of countries, it also gives you access to mobile data - should you need it - at $0.45/MB.
What can be difficult is understanding just how much data you use when you do basic things on your phone - like a couple of searches on Safari.
So, I figured I would try out using my mobile data briefly to see how much I used.
I turned on my mobile data and data roaming, having earlier made sure that all apps were turned off for mobile data use.
I reset my usage settings to zero, then I turned on just Safari, and did a couple of quick searches about the monument we were visiting, looking at just one result.
I then looked at my data usage for that couple of minutes - to discover that I had already used 11MB, at a cost of nearly $5. And I hadn't even found an answer to the question that I was looking to answer!
So my lesson for the rest of the trip? Save my mobile data for an emergency!
17/3/2015 0 Comments
Today is the 17th of the month so, as happens on every 17th, a reminder has popped up on my iPhone. This reminder tells me to 'Reset Cellular Usage'.
Why have I set myself this reminder and what does it mean?
On my phone, I have a 1GB allowance for cellular data each month, starting on the 17th of the month. (Note. 'Mobile' data and 'Cellular' data are basically the same thing.)
Most months, this is completely sufficient for my needs. But, there are some months when I use more mobile data and fly close to my monthly limit.
I like to be able to see just what apps and features on my iPhone are the main culprits for mobile data usage each month. I make sure that those that don't really need to use this data allowance are disabled from using cellular data and can only operate on WiFi.
The easiest way to track my total data usage for the month and my app-by-app and feature-by-beature usage is to reset the usage stats on the first day of my billing cycle - ie the 17th.
This Handy Hint (including a video) for iTandCoffee Club members shows you how to do this.
Non-members will be able to view this hint for the week from March 20th.
Join the iTandCoffee Club to view hints like this any time! Other related hints and tips are included below.
Related hints and tips (some require an iTandCoffee Club membership)
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