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5 ways to drastically reduce your smartphone data use

5 ways to drastically reduce your smartphone data use
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When you think about the advanced technology and massive infrastructure that go into making sure hundreds of millions of people can communicate and access the internet wirelessly on their phones no matter where they are, $150 a month for a cellular plan seems like a steal.

However, if you're looking at your finances and watching your money run away like a cat running from a bath, any amount of money is a serious burden. You want to bring the cost of that cellular plan down as much as possible without sacrificing convenience.

Since voice calling and text messages are unlimited with most plans now, the main cost driver is the amount of cellular data you want each month. If you need less data, you can get a cheaper plan. It's that simple.

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Except it isn't that simple. If you aren't careful, you might do something on your phone without realizing it that blows through a big chunk of your data and leaves you paying extra for more to get through the rest of the month. Even if you don't do something, your phone might be using data on its own.

I'm going to give you the inside track on what gobbles up your data and how you can put a stop to it so you can save money.

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