Personal Hotspot is one of the versatile features of iPad and iPhones that allow users to share their device internet connection (3G or 4G LTE) with up to five other connected devices through Wi-Fi. It’s every telecommuter and mobile user’s dream as it provides users with an opportunity to share their internet connectivity with their Macs, iPods, iPads, or PCs. However, it is important to note that tethering internet connection can also eat through your Hotspot data plans ridiculously fast. Accordingly, it is pertinent to reduce your overall data consumption when tethering. Here is an overview of a few tips that you can apply:
Turn Off your iCloud and Dropbox Syncing
Disable cloud syncing apps such as iCloud and Dropbox to prevent them from continually syncing changes to their servers and slowly whittling away your data plan. You can always restore these settings when you are using a normal Wi-Fi network.
Disable OS Update Automatic Downloads
Keeping your operation systems and software up to date is always a great maintenance tip. However, to save on your cellular data, you need to disable them when you are not in a network connection with plenty of bandwidth.
Watch Non-HD videos
Although HD videos may appear leaps and bounds, they can consume so much of your cellular data that if you are not careful can blow the whole of your monthly data plan after watching just a single video. Accordingly, if you must watch a video on your Hotspot connection, go for low-definition versions and you will save hundreds of MB data.
Disable Browser Automatic Updates
Popular browsers such as Firefox and Chrome often release updates and will automatically download and update in the background. While it may seem very convenient on a regular internet connection, it can blow between 20MB and 100 MB very easily.
Switch to Freedom Pop’s Free Data Plans
A new company , FreedomPop is offering data plans that seem to be too good to be true: 200MB of data, 200 texts, and 200 minutes of call—through your choice of wireless hotspot or suitable USB stick. Their deal also emphasizes on free international calls to 60 countries and an allowance to roll over your data to subsequent months.
FreedomPop is a mobile carrier company that provides fast mobile phone and wireless data services. The company was founded in 2011 with a goal of eliminating the digital divide that exist in most societies and to provide mobile phone services and free wireless internet access to everyone, everywhere. The company was launched in Beta and continues to update their services based on their customers’ feedback and reviews. Besides their lucrative data offers, they have are also launching a free roaming data SIM service called Jetsetter later in the year. With this service, users will be given 100MB free high speed data on monthly basis for use in France, U.K, and Spain and will later expand to more than 20 countries. They have also signed a deal with other six carriers, which will further cover nine countries for further rollouts.