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Cellular Data Management

DCI offers unprecedented call quality at unbeatable prices. Our phone acquisition cost is among the lowest in the industry and data plans with a subsidized phone start at $50 per month.

However it is important to manage your cellular data to avoid paying over usage fees. Below is a list of tips that can help you manage your cellular data.

iPhone

  1. To see how much cellular data that you’ve used, go to Settings > Cellular Data. Scroll down and you will see a list of apps and how much cellular data they are using. Turn OFF data for the apps you don’t want to use cellular data. Typically you DON’T want to use cellular data for video apps like Netflix, YouTube etc..
  2. Disable Automatic App Updates on Cellular Data. Make sure your applications only update over Wi-Fi.
  3. Install the free MY DATA MANAGER app to monitor your cellular data usage. My Data Manager secures your internet traffic, encrypts your unprotected data and tracks how much data you use. Set it to monitor data from the 18th to the 17th of each month.
  4. Disable Wi-Fi Assist to prevent your iPhone to hand off a weak Wi-Fi signals to your cellular network. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll all the way to the bottom to turn off Wi-Fi Assist.
  5. Turn on Low Data Mode in iOS 13 to restrict background network use and save cellular and Wi-Fi usage.
  6. Disable Data Roaming if you don’t want to pay expensive roaming fees while traveling. This will also save you money if you live close to the U.S. border. Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and turn off Data Roaming.

Android

All of the above works on Android too but Android goes one step further by allowing you to set a data limit natively in Android Settings.

  1. To see how much cellular data that you’ve used, go to Settings > Network & internet > Data usage. Under “Mobile,” you’ll see how much total data you use and how much data each app uses. Turn OFF data for the apps you don’t want to use cellular data. Typically you DON’T want to use cellular data for video apps like Netflix, YouTube etc..
  2. Disable Automatic App Updates on Cellular Data and turn off auto-sync. Make sure your applications only update over Wi-Fi. If you do this, you’ll need to sync your apps manually from time to time.
  3. Set a data usage limit. Go to Settings > Network & internet > Data usage. Tap Mobile data usage and turn on Set data limit. Read the on-screen message and tap Ok. Enter 90% of your plan data limit and set it to monitor data from the 18th to the 17th of each month. When you reach your limit, your data automatically turns off.
  4. Turn OFF Data Roaming. Open your phone’s Settings app. Tap Network & internet and then Mobile network. Turn roaming off.
  5. More savings tips are available from Google.