Reducing the bandwidth costs of my mobile phone is one of my top priorities in this month. You may remember that I used my Nokia N73 as a modem to go online during my summer vacation which did cost me more than $400 for just a few hours of going online and writing articles. It was quite a shock that I was charged this much because I did ask O2 support how much it would cost me and they gave me a different answer at that time.
I decided to order a 200 Megabyte package for €10 after finding out about the bill which is enough to check for emails and write the occasional article. Bandwidth on the other hand is still a huge problem, just take a look at the size of some of the websites out there, they sometimes have a size of 100+ Kilobytes just for the homepage.
It is also possible to sign up for so called fair-use flatrates which give you a huge monthly quota (5000+ Megabytes for instance) but those are only available in selected countries at the moment. I'd like to share a few tricks that I use to reduce the traffic and the money that I have to pay monthly for using my mobile phone.
What's your way of dealing with it? Let me know if you have more tips that reduce the monthly mobile phone bill.
Update: The rise of smartphones has not really changed the situation that much, it only means that users have additional options at their disposal. The majority of smartphones support wireless connections for instance which you can take advantage of. You can also install browsers such as Opera to use compression technology to reduce the data that needs to be transferred to access websites on the Internet.
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