Monday, March 12, 2018

How To Avoid Unnecessary Mobile Internet Data Roaming Charges And A Shock On Your Next Iphone Bill Due To A Little Known Feature Called Wifi Assist

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Read this if you want to avoid unnecessary mobile internet data roaming usage and a nasty surprise on your next bill due to 'Wifi Assist'.

Do you ever find yourself running out or running low on your mobile internet data halfway through your monthly billing period?

Perhaps you’re wondering why you keep using up your allowance when you are nearly always within a wifi coverage area?

The Metro reports that people using the new iPhone or iOS9 could be in for a shock when they receive their next bill. This is due to a little known new feature called ‘WiFi Assist’ that could be eating into your data allowance while you are totally unaware that your money is being spent.

The setting is designed to switch your phone to 4G if your WiFi connection is weak. For instance, if you move away from your house or office while on the web or Facebook, but you still have a weak connection to your home wireless, Wifi Assist will automatically switch to your data to strengthen the connection.

Whilst this is a helpful way to avoid a loss of connection or buffering, fine if you have plenty of data in your plan, it could cost you a lot money.

Here’s how to solve the problem and switch it off:

1. Go into ‘Settings’ from your home screen
2. Click on ‘Mobile Data’ (Or ‘Cellular’ if you’re in the US)
3. Scroll right down to the bottom, and underneath your apps you’ll find the ‘WiFi Assist’ setting. Switch it off using the toggle.

Apple offers advice to how to save data, so check out their website.

When cellular data is on, apps and services use your cellular connection when Wi-Fi isn't available. As a result, you might be charged for using certain features and services with cellular data.

To turn cellular data on or off, go to Settings, then tap Cellular or Mobile Data. If you're using an iPad, you might see Settings > Cellular Data.
Turn Data Roaming on or off: 

When you're travelling internationally, you can turn off data roaming to avoid roaming charges. If you have an international data plan, you may need to keep it on.

Depending on your carrier, data roaming might be used if you travel domestically. Contact your carrier for more information about your data roaming policy or other cellular data settings.

Even if you’re not using an iphone, you should check with your mobile provider if your phone has similar features and ask for their advice on how to keep your bill to a minimum.  

Before I upgraded my phone and plan recently, I was going through my data two weeks into the month and then having to ‘buy more data’. This only happened in the last few months and I couldn't figure out why.

When I go abroad outside the EU, I switch off data roaming and use wifi, but then purchase some data in case I was out of wifi coverage or I need to book an Uber.

Although I use it sparingly, the data seems to run out faster than box of Jaffa Cakes! We all need to keep on top of things and this is one way of saving a lot of money.

Becoming financially aware and astute is not just about making money, it is also watching your back for potential threats to your bank balance and financial well-being.

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