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SEE HOW TO LIMIT YOUR DATA USAGE ON IOS AND ANDROID

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Lets say you started off the new year with a great new phone or tablet and its attached to your mobile data plan. Sounds like the start to a very good year, if you have an unlimited data plan. You will now have lightning fast access to movies, music, and videos that stream, your email and cloud storage, and a host of instant access apps that can keep you up to data and connected with the social world anywhere and at all times. Now, about that data plan?

If you are like the rest of us, unlimited data plans disappeared a few years ago along with the mobile dream of streaming anything you want, anywhere you want. True mobility comes at a cost and your mobile provider will be looking for a pretty penny when you exceed your allotment.

The safest way to navigate the mobile world adequately with the handcuffs of the today’s data usage plans is to actively control how what you allow to access your data and how you use it. In order to help alleviate the pain of figuring the most effective ways to extend your data plan, we have listed the most effective steps available to combat your personal usage.

Monitor Usage

The first step on the path to controlling your data usage is learning where and how you are using your data. The best way to accomplish this is to track your usage using an app that will track how data is used by your device even when you aren’t using it.

The simplest way to gather this data is to access the stored information on your specific device. For Android users, you can check your data usage by accessing the menu Settings, then Wireless and network, and selectData usage. For iOS 7 users, tap your Setting app, then select Cellular and you will find your usage there.

Unfortunately, the data usage information on you specific device may not be the best indication of actual usage and will not provide detailed breakdowns of usage specifics. For the best results, consult your mobile provider for apps or account information specific to your data usage. As an example, Verizon offers the My Verizon Mobile app, which provides data usage tracking.

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