Don't Go over Your Data Plan

by Zarine, REALTOR® 09/15/2019

Have you ever surprisingly noticed that you have exhausted the data plan just after a week? Especially when you planned for it to last a month? It's a common occurrence, and below are some tips on how to prevent going over your data plan:

Set a limit

A data limit pops up a warning when you've used up some amount of data within a specified period. Smartphones mostly come with a default limit of 2GB and your data connection will be disabled until you wave off the warning. The settings can be adjusted to accommodate your plan. All you need to do is estimate the amount of data you wish to use up monthly and set a limit, so you don't go overboard. To set the limit, tap 'Settings' on your smartphone, navigate to 'Data Usage' or 'Data Connection' depending on how your device was modeled, and customize the data limit.

Check for 'vampire' apps

Not to worry, they don't have blood-sucking fangs. They are simply apps on your mobile phone that have access to data in the background. Even when they are not in use, these apps can siphon data to deliver notifications or to remain actively connected to a cloud. Checking your device's data usage will reveal what app uses 'authorized' data and the others that use data behind your back.

Turn on data saver

Data saver is a built-in feature in smartphones to help you keep your data consumption in check. Enabling the data saver will restrict access to 'vampire' apps and also prevent you from going over your data plan by stopping auto downloads. For apps with the auto-enabled download option, you have to click on received files to download them when data saver is running. You'll agree this can help to avoid downloading unnecessary files that eat away your phone's ROM and at the same time, regulate your data consumption.

Disable auto updates

Your mobile phone won't be one without applications, and every day, these apps get outdated. Newer versions with improved features are rolled out to app stores. Apps without restricted access will always get these updates whenever they are available.

If you're using an Android smartphone, for example, you'll notice Google Play Services pop up frequently in your notification bar, with movements to indicate download progress –that's an auto update right there. Well, it is to ensure the necessary apps are up to date and free from malware. However, other apps may have auto update enabled in their settings and will use your data whenever they get the chance to get the latest version available. To prevent this, you can set auto updates to happen when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network only.

About the Author
Author

Zarine, REALTOR®

With over two decades of real estate industry experience, Zarine focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area marketplace. From single family homes, condos, townhouses to multi-family residences. She works extensively with investors to upgrade, remodel sell residential and commercial properties. She has consistently been in the top 5 agents out of over 300 agents in the Company.

Zarine has been a Bay Area resident since 1977. She has been active in real estate since 1988. In addition to helping buyers and sellers find their dream home, Zarine and her husband Neville started investing in Real Estate in the Bay Area since 1978. They own and maintain several rental properties and also regularly purchase, fix, and sell homes. They have a team of contractors, landscapers, and tradespeople that they can recommend. They built our own home from scratch and worked closely with the architect in the vision and design. Together, they are involved in every aspect of real estate and live it daily.

Having traveled extensively around the world, Zarine is able to accommodate each of her clients’ unique needs, and prides herself on being a strong listener and communicator. Zarine’ s communication skills are an integral part of her success in real estate. She meets clients from all walks of life and dedicates herself to understanding each of their needs and goals. Zarine and Neville love what they do and have won several awards over the years. They are dedicated and have been with J.F.Finnegan brokers since 1995. In turn their clients are loyal as 95% of their business is from referrals. Real estate is more than just a profession to them; it is their hobby and passion.

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Originally from Bombay, Zarine and Neville go back to India to visit family. They have travelled extensively around the world and love their annual escape to Maui. Zarine enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, reading, movies, and life! They have two daughters who live in San Francisco and their joy in their life are their three grandchildren.

AWARDS:

  • 2016 Emerald Elite #2 in the whole Company
  • 2015 Emerald Elite # 3 in the whole Company
  • 2014 Platinum Award #5 in the Company
  • 2013 Emerald Elite #1 Team in the Company
  • 2012 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2011 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2010 Masters Award #1 Team in the Company
  • Consistently Among the top 3 individual agents of over 300 agents at BHG
  • Chairman's Circle (Consistent Winners 2001, 2002, 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009)
  • Winners of SAMCAR “SAMMY AWARDS”
  • San Mateo Association of Realtors (SAMCAR),California Association of Realtors (CAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR) San Jose Apartment Owners Association
  • Fine Homes Specialists, E Certified, Bankers Preferred Mortgage, CARTUS Relocation Certified