Are you tired of paying sky-high bills for your mobile data and home internet? With a heap of options available, it’s possible to find a plan that meets your needs without breaking the bank. Here’s how you can evaluate your current usage, explore different plans, and potentially save a significant amount of money.

Step 1: Assess Your Usage

Mobile Data

Start by evaluating how much mobile data you use each month. Here’s how you can do this:

Check Your Mobile Data Usage: Most smartphones have built-in tools to track data usage. For iOS, go to Settings > Mobile > Mobile Data Usage (Must Reset Manually).

For Android, go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage. You may also have an app on your device from your provider and you are more than likely able to find accurate usage data there.

Analyse Your Needs: Consider what activities consume the most data. Streaming videos, online gaming, and video calls use more data compared to browsing or using social media.

 

Home Internet

For home internet, understanding your usage patterns is crucial:

Review Your Internet Bill: Most providers include a summary of your data usage in your bill. Alternatively, you can log into your provider’s website to check your data usage history. It is difficult today to find a plan that has a data cap with most plans being unlimited data.

Identify Key Activities: List the primary activities for each household member, such as streaming movies, working from home, or online gaming, which will help you gauge the required speed and data limit. Certain online games perform better with a low ping, making NBN a preferable choice over 4G/5G home internet at the moment due to its reliable wired connection to your house.

Person playing video games

Step 2: Compare Plans

Mobile Data Plans

Once you understand your usage, start comparing plans from different providers:

Current Provider Plans: Check if your current provider offers a cheaper plan that fits your needs. Sometimes, switching to a different plan with the same provider can save money.

Alternative Providers: Look at other mobile network providers. Use comparison websites to see what other companies offer in terms of data, cost, and additional benefits.

Consider Prepaid Options: Prepaid plans often offer competitive rates and flexibility without a long-term contract.

 

Home Internet Plans

For home internet, explore various options beyond the traditional NBN:

NBN Plans: Compare different NBN plans if you’re satisfied with the service but want to see if there’s a cheaper or more suitable option.

4G/5G Plans: These can be viable alternatives, offering competitive speeds and often more flexible pricing. Providers like Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone have robust 4G/5G offerings.

Bundle Deals: Some providers offer bundled deals with both mobile and home internet, which can result in overall savings.

If lots of intense online activities are occurring simultaneously you may need a higher speed plan to keep up with everything however if speed is irrelevant to you, try comparing the lowest speed NBN or 4g/5g home internet plans across providers to find the best prices.

Mobile Data Tower in town

Trial and Adjustment

Test New Plans: Many providers offer trial periods or month-to-month plans. Use these to test the service quality and see if it meets your needs before committing long-term.

Adjust Usage: Sometimes, adjusting your usage habits can help you move to a cheaper plan. For instance, downloading videos for offline viewing or using Wi-Fi instead of mobile data whenever possible.

Final Thoughts

Saving on mobile data and home internet plans is all about understanding your usage, exploring all available options, and choosing the most cost-effective plan that meets your needs. Don’t be afraid to switch providers if a better deal is available, and regularly review your plan to ensure it continues to offer the best value. By following these steps, you can enjoy reliable internet without overspending.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us today. You can also browse our other blog posts for topics that may be of interest to you.

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