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3 unexpected things that devour your data

3 unexpected things that devour your data
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Choosing the right cellular data plan for your smartphone or tablet is essential. If you pick a plan that's too small, you might go over your limit and rack up unwanted charges - or run into speed throttling on an unlimited plan.

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Go too large and you'll just be wasting money on data you don't use. You don't want either of those options.

I've talked before about the common mistakes many mobile customers make when choosing a mobile data plan and how to avoid them so you get the perfect plan for you. However, even if you pick a data plan that's just right, you can still run into trouble.

You might install an app or turn on features that use up your data in sneaky ways or faster than you realize. If you aren't careful, your data can be gone before you know it.

I'm going to tell you about some big culprit apps and how to stop them. You might be surprised how much data you save - you might even be able to downgrade to a cheaper plan.

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