iPhone – Reduce data roaming costs

iPhone connects to the Internet using either a Wi-Fi network or a cellular data network. The latter can incur massive data roaming costs for the user.

We thought we would share 3 effective methods to reduce data roaming costs:

1. Turn data roaming "OFF"

Turning "OFF" data roaming blocks email, browsing, visual voicemail and downloads, but it will not block text or picture/video messages.

To turn data roaming "ON/OFF", tap on Settings>General>Network>Data Roaming

2. Turn Fetch New Data “OFF”

Check email and sync contacts and calendars manually instead of having the data pushed to your iPhone automatically. This way you can control the flow of data coming to your iPhone

Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Fetch New Data, Change Push to “OFF” and select option Fetch Manually

3. Utilise Wifi (in conjunction with 1 above)

Utilize Wi-Fi instead of 3G/GPRS/EDGE as Wi-Fi is available in many international airports, hotels and restaurants to browse the Web or check email.

Settings>Wi-Fi> slide the slider to "ON" to start your device looking for Wi-Fi networks. In a few seconds, you will see a list of all available networks (if you don’t see the list, there may not be any within range). To join a public network, just tap the network’s name and you’ll join it.

If it’s a private network, you’ll need a password. Tap the network name and you’ll be prompted for a password. Enter it and tap the join button in the bottom right-hand corner.

iPhone does the following, in order, until connected to the Internet:

Connects over the last Wi-Fi network you used that’s available. If no previously used Wi-Fi networks are available, iPhone shows a list of Wi-Fi networks in range. Tap a network and, if necessary, enter the password to join. Networks that require a password show the lock icon next to them..

If no Wi-Fi networks are available or you choose not to join any, iPhone connects to the Internet over a cellular data network. You can prevent iPhone from using cellular data as per 1 above.

If no Wi-Fi networks are available and a cellular data network isn’t available, iPhone cannot connect to the Internet.

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Why does iPhone use more data than other devices?

  • Full HTML email: All data associated with emails are downloaded to iPhone, including full attachments and associated graphics
  • Automatic check for email: Customers who set their device to automatically check for email in 15-, 30-, or 60-minute intervals are incurring data charges, even if no email is downloaded.
  • Enhanced Internet experience: The Safari browser supports full HTML browsing for a more enhanced experience, which uses significantly more data than a WAP browser on a standard handset or PDA.
  • Feature-rich applications: With iPhone’s many internet-based applications, it’s natural for users to use more data on their iPhone than they would using other handsets or PDA devices
  • Consumer Reports: released a year ago indicates iPhones use an average of 273MB/month compared to 54MB/month for BlackBerry users and 150MB/month for other smartphone users. The top 12% of iPhone users use 500MB+ a month. It would be save to double these usage figures for 2011.

why execMobile

execMobile is committed to addressing the high costs of mobile communication by introducing globally recognised innovative solutions into the SA market and offers a fresh approach to managing mobility.

We offer mobile executives significant cost reductions on mobile originated international calls (whilst in SA or roaming in 33 countries!) using a unique solution from a global telecoms giant. Additionally if you are an execMobile subscriber, we deliver monthly savings on subscription & domestic call costs – any phone, any contract, any network. We also offer Neotel’s suite of products and a full range of broadband and mobility products (data sticks, iPads etc).

International call savings are typically 30%, whilst as a managed service, execMobile has demonstrated total monthly mobile cost reductions typically between 10-20%!

The fixed line voice environment in South Africa has benefitted from many cost focused solutions whilst mobile expenditure has remained largely unaddressed. Not even ICASA’s downward glide path for interconnection rates has yielded any mobile subscriber benefits and call rates, specifically international rates, have shown little decline. execMobile has the solutions which address corporate mobile costs both domestically & internationally either as a managed service or using the standalone solutions.

If you need to reduce your mobile costs, you need to talk to us. We will deliver a historic analysis to indicate the savings potential or our solutions – it costs you nothing – we simply need your users last 3 months bills.