Last week, South Africa’s minister of telecommunications and postal services, Siyabonga Cwele, gave frustrated consumers an explanation as to why data prices in SA aren’t going down. According to Cwele, the industry is too “highly concentrated”, with very limited competition for customers to choose from.
His comments come months after Research ICT Africa released the findings of a study detailing that data costs in SA had not changed over the past two years. Possibly more damning, research findings revealed that South Africa has some of the most expensive data prices of all leading African economies. These revelations only added fuel to the fire of targeted social media campaigns like #DataMustFall, which have called on operators to reduce data prices.
Judging from Cwele’s comments, businesses and consumers aren’t likely to enjoy significant reduction in data costs any time soon. With this in mind, it is imperative that both individuals and businesses devise creative strategies to keep their data usage in check.
We’ve outlined some strategies that will help you reduce your data costs.
- Configure your apps: Apps are the greatest culprit when it comes to unexpected data consumption. To avoid this, take some time to disable notifications and restrict certain apps.
- Update your email settings: If you need to receive emails on your phone, be sure to take a look at the size of attachments before you download them. Consistently downloading big files will quickly diminish your data.
- Down with automatic updates: App updates are necessary but they do require a large amount of data. Ensure your app updates are set to take place only when you’re connected to WIFI so you don’t use excessive amounts of mobile data.
- Wise up around social media: Most of your favourite social networking apps offer users ways to limit data consumption. You just need to know where to find them. For example, something as simple as turning off automatic video playback on Facebook can drastically decrease the amount of data you use while scrolling through your feed.
- Educate users: The tips outlined above will help you to cut down your personal usage but are equally applicable to reducing the data consumption of your remote workers. Business leaders need to provide their mobile workforce with advice relating to data savings in order to minimise unnecessary data use, thus saving the business money
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