How can I cut costs on my mobile?

Australia is a tech nation. In fact, a report from McCrindle Research found that the average person is spending an average of 10 hours and 19 minutes each day on an electronic device. They're quick, convenient ports of information and communication that are connecting us with the world more than ever before. 

With technology ever-improving, mobile phones and other portable devices have become an integral part of everyday life. Smartphone use makes up a huge bulk of the time spent on these gadgets. Australians spent around 52 per cent of daily screen time on mobile gadgets last year, according to a study by IAB Australia and Nielsen. Whether texting, surfing the web, using social media, gaming or playing on the ever-expanding selection of apps, Australians are avid smartphone users - and you might have the bills to prove it.

If you're looking to cut down on your mobile phone spending and get the best mobile plan, bear these useful tips in mind. 

Save on data

Without realising, you could be paying more for data use than is necessary. This could simply be browsing on the way to and from work or on lunch breaks. Around 14 per cent of smartphone browsing is done reading the news according to IAB Australia and Nielsen, and social media is another big part of our usage. You can easily save money on casual data use by connecting to a WiFi network, whether you're at home or at the office - and keep an eye out for free wireless internet on public transport. 

Review your plan

The first thing you should do is check your mobile plan. On average, Australians spend around $12 per week on their mobile phone, according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. You might find that you are paying for something you didn't know which part of the contract. Providers often provide a clear breakdown in how you are using your phone, but without looking over the fine print carefully, it's easy to miss extra charges. 

In any case, without understanding what's included in your plan, you might end up overspending in one area while another goes untouched. Check your allowance for calls, minutes and data each month. It might be that you are an enthusiastic conversationalist but aren't getting value from SMS.

If this is the case, the team of experts at Make It Cheaper can help. By looking at how you use your phone and what you're spending each month, they can compare mobile plans and find a deal to suit your habits.

Posted by Richard West