Thursday, June 9, 2016
increasing data usage...?
I got a text yesterday telling me that I had already used 75% of my total data on my cell phone plan. And as much as I appreciated the notice, I was unsure of why this had happened only 2 weeks into my monthly allotment. So I called this morning and spoke to a rep.
He was very nice and while he could tell me where most data usage goes, and exactly how much I had used, he could not tell me exactly where I had used the data - as that was a privacy issue.
After asking him several questions regarding data usage on things like Facebook, Pinterest, Google, attachments, sending pics, etc., I asked if I could simply turn off the data until my next months usage renewed (so I wouldn't get charged for going over my plan). He said that I could do that in Settings.... just go to cellular and turn the switch to "off". So this is what I did.
I do have unlimited talk and text, but not unlimited data and can't afford to add that to our monthly bill. So we shall see if this works. It will be a long 2 weeks without being able to use some of those functions...
It's now Wednesday evening and I have to tell you that I did have to turn my cellular back on for a bit today. Since I had to meet a friend for coffee this afternoon at a place I was unfamiliar with... naturally I got lost. So I stopped the car, switched my cellular back on, went to my iPhone GPS and logged in where I was going and hit the arrow to see where I actually was... and presto! found the place fairly quickly. Yes, we have gotten dependent on these technological advancements... even us old farts....
but I did remember to turn the cellular off again!
I'm happy to admit that there's a lot I don't know about how the Internet works (wifi vs cellular, etc.) and sometimes I'm sure those "in the know" enjoy a good laugh at my expense, but that's OK. I'm not afraid to use the technology and if my use of it gives somebody a good laugh, I take that as a good thing.