Let’s face it, most of us can’t live without the internet.
But because most “unlimited” data plans are unlimited in name only, our residential and mobile internet services have strict limits that either cost extra money if we exceed them or simply cut us off when we’ve used a certain mount of data.
Data caps are a pain for consumers, but it’s understandable that companies like Comcast, AT&T and CenturyLink feel that heavy users should bear the brunt of internet costs. Sometimes it’s necessary to get creative to deal with data caps, especially if you’re in a situation where you are in a data-sharing plan.
4 ways to deal with data caps
Because we all want to save money and hate being throttled, here are some practical ways to manage internet data usage on your phones and home computers:
Use Google’s Data Saver
If you’re a heavy social media user, particularly on Instagram and Facebook, those videos that automatically play in your news feed are eating up precious data. If you disable auto-play it will save data usage and may even contribute to a less distracting experience online.
Watch for data hogs
Use your cell phone’s data
If you happen to have unlimited data on your cell phone, you can use it as a hotspot to provide the data to your computer and even your smart TV!