Mobile devices seem to be dominating today’s world of internet usage because of smart phones, tablets and other portable Wi-Fi devices. While browsing on the go is easier and can be very interesting, it can also be a headache through excessive mobile data charges. Sometimes slower browsing experience on some websites where relevant information is hosted. Why?
Most of the websites that host the information we need are designed to attract readers and keep them coming back always. In this case, they turn to use a lot of “eye-catching” graphics and web plugins to display their content.
I won’t also forget about Ad displays―what most publishers love to do. Off course it’s not always wrong when a publisher displays Ads on their website. It’s a good way of earning revenue to support their hard work that comes into play before displaying the relevant information you seek for.
While minimized Ad placement is good, some publishers turn to use a lot of Ad serving to almost every part of their website. This in effect increases the amount of content data loaded during page loads, this increases mobile data charge too. Yes, excessive Ad placement increases (mobile) data charges!
Depending on all of the reasons clearly stated above, the size of content that needs to be loaded before displaying the kind of information a user is browsing for on a particular website, affects the amount of data used.
While you don’t want to miss your favorite and relevant content, you also don’t want to be swept away by excessive data charges. This being the case, what can you do to ensure you are not killed with excessive mobile data charges while browsing online for priceless information? This brings us to the subject on point!
Some good Ways to minimize mobile data charges!
Alright, let’s say I’m also a reader like you, I turn to online resources for good information and most of these are hosted on websites but it always sucks to walk my way through internet pages while browsing! These steps will help you to cut down on your mobile data charges.
- The type of browser to use
Employ a browser that loads low amount of data, speeds up browsing and downloads. A typical example of this browser, used by a wide range of mobile users is UC Web (UC Browser). The latest versions of UC for Android and other smart phone platforms employ speed browsing and Ad blocker to ensure a good user experience while browsing.
Opera Browser also adopts Ad blocking. You can download and/or configure them (if you have one installed already). These browsers will block all irrelevant Ads and ensure your data usage is minimized. In their settings panel, you can view the number of Ad blocks and the amount of data saved. This is a good way to minimize your mobile data charge.
- Employ third party Ad blockers
Alternatively, if you do not enjoy using any of the above mobile browsers, then you need to install third-party Ad blockers to get the job done when browsing. Most of these Ad blockers can be configured with specific supported browsers―they work in the background to block Ads during page loads―helping to reduce your mobile data charges. Click here to see some of the best android Ad blocker apps and browsers directly on Google Playstore.
- What and when to download
The type of content and the time of the day that you download can affect your data charges. It isn’t that the time of the day will either increase or decrease your data charges, but traffic sessions. There are times in the day where web traffic is higher than normal and this results in slower browsing.
A slower browsing results in a slower rate of download and that triggers higher data charges. It is proven that downloading in late nights where web traffic is low results in faster loading and reduces data charges to some extent.
- Check the design of the websites you visit
Some websites, as mentioned earlier in this article, use more web plugins, graphics and animations that load with excessive data usage. Also, some of these websites use web templates (themes) that are not optimized for mobile devices such as phones and tablets.
These websites are said to be “not-responsive” and will load the same amount of data on phones and tablets as if using a computer. Visiting such websites will use excessive mobile data in loading contents and will definitely increase your bill (data charges).
A good website design should be responsive―hide irrelevant content not meant for mobile devices, adapt to screen resolutions and have a good optimized mobile browsing―and be able to reduce mobile data usage to minimize charges to the extent possible.
To see a website which is responsive in design and one which is not, visit different websites with both your desktop PC, tablet and/or mobile phone and see the layout adaptation and display on each different device. The former adapts well with enhanced layout according to the screen size and nature of the browser while the latter maintains the same interface and layout across the devices.
- Save webpages for offline use
Because you will need to go back to a particular text content again why not save the page for offline use or save a screenshot of the relevant page to be used for future reference. So that you don’t get charged again in the future by revisiting the page.
- Use Wi-Fi networks for downloads and streaming
If you need to do multiple relevant download of files with bigger sizes or watch a video online, then schedule it for a time when you have an available Wi-Fi network (connection).
Since downloading and streaming can result in excessive data charges, doing them with a WiFi network will help you save your mobile data and reduce abnormal charges.
Following the above tips will ensure your data charges are minimized. If you have other tips to share, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment box, scroll down a bit!
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