How to Slash Mobile Data Costs on Your Business Smartphone


Running a business requires you to always be on the go. The best way to do that is to have flexible mobile data bundles and to ensure that you have your smartphone with you 24/7.

Unfortunately, the constant use of mobile data triggers huge costs for your business.

If you always exceed your data limit and suffer from the corresponding charges, here’s how you can reduce your consumption for the good of your company.

1. Connect to Wi-Fi

To conserve your mobile data, the easiest thing to do is to reduce your use of it. Your smartphone will not be consuming any mobile data while you’re on Wi-Fi. Wherever there is a Wi-Fi signal available, take advantage of it and connect to a local network.

To set your phone to automatically connect to a network, go to your settings menu and adjust your Wi-Fi options according to your preferences. When you are on a business trip, search for cafes and hotels that offer free Wi-Fi. This way, you have more data left to use whenever you go out of Wi-Fi range.

2. Determine your data usage

Before you make any necessary steps to limit your data usage, determine if it’s really necessary. Because mostly, consumers overrate their data use each month, which prompts them to go for more expensive data plans.

Android and iOS devices allow their users to review their past and current usage through the settings menu. Simply pick a time frame and observe how much data you use each month. Then, use that information to determine your average data usage.

3. Set limits and alerts

If you tend to reach your data limit each month, setting alerts will help remind you when it’s time to cut back on your usage. Android and iOS devices allow you to set alerts whenever you have consumed a specific amount of data. It’s also a good idea to set a notification on your phone whenever you have reached, or are close to reaching, your data limit.

Setting notifications early in the month also helps you slow down on your data usage. Moreover, you can set your phone in a way that it cuts you off from the internet once you’re consumed your allotted data. This is quite helpful in ensuring that you no longer need to worry about going over your data limit.

4. Turn off background data

Apps that update and run in the background even when not in use can gobble up your data fast. Turn off your apps when not in use and decide which ones to update in real time.

It’s important to save your data for things that matter to your business, such as answering emails. After all, you can update your apps later when you are already connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure app automatic updates are only set when connected to Wi-Fi because they can consume large amounts of data.

5. Change your mobile data plan

Exhausting the limits of your mobile data plan will not be good for your budget. Your other best option now is to buy an extended data plan that fits your needs. Take note that the average contract agreement for major service providers is one to two years, so make sure to choose wisely.

Prices vary in mobile data plans and there are carriers that will allow you to increase your data limit for an extra fee. Getting an extended smartphone plan may be an extra expense, but if you are a businessperson who regularly requires a significant amount of data, doing so is more worth it than getting additional charges for exceeding your limit every month.

For a businessperson, it may be much harder to change phone habits compared to normal consumers. Many corporate activities require mobile data, which is why it is important to get a business line that gives you the best value. Instead of altering habits, consider the tips above to save on mobile data costs.

Nowadays, every business makes use of the internet to grow. Having mobile data wherever you go ensures that you are ahead or on par with your competitors. But in order to avoid ruining your business finances, you should also manage your mobile data usage.


Azhar Abulhamayel is the Head of Marketing – National Segment and High Value at Zain KSA. The company was the first operator in the Middle East to commercially launch the 4G/LTE network. Zain serves +10M customers, has extended its network coverage to 94% of the population, and attracts thousands of new customers daily.


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