Price is key when it comes to purchasing mobile data. The rest; volume, speed and ISP can then follow. Internet today is so embedded our lives that the United Nations (U.N) in 2016 condemned internet access disruption as a human rights violation.
The global use of internet has risen exponentially, with billions connected, and using it for socializing, work, education, among others. Despite the billions of people accessing the internet there remain a handful of world’s population that don’t have access — especially people in the developing countries.
With that aside, access to the internet comes at price. Speaking of which, Mobile Data. Today, it is for a fact that people are accessing internet on their mobile phones more than any other device. In Uganda, according to UCC report, as of the Q4 of 2018, mobile internet subscription stands at 14 million.
Some reasons for the domination of mobile internet is the cost of mobile phones and internet. Today consumers can buy a smartphone as low as UGX100,000 with the cost of internet starting as low as UGX250 and expensive as UGX550,000.
In this article we look at telecommunication firms; MTN, Airtel and Africell. They serve daily, weekly, and monthly data bundles to its consumers.
The three telcos are always revising and launching new data options for their consumers. They affirm their commitment to offer their customers consistent delivery of quality data at affordable prices.
|PRICE (UGX)||MTN UGANDA||AIRTEL UGANDA||AFRICELL UGANDA|
|7000 / 8000 respectively||1.17GB||1.5GB|
The question you might want to ask yourself is, what mobile data package to subscribe for? Well, this depends on what you use your data. If you’re more of streaming person, you need at least 1GB a day. 1GB is a good package if the user is a minimal user.
Well, the best way to estimate how data you need whether daily, weekly or monthly, using a data calculator is best. MTN has a data calculator their consumers can use to estimate their data consumption.
Users should keep in mind that data isn’t just working when you’re actively using an app. Many apps have built-in permissions that allow them to use data in the background even when you’re not using them. However, this can be restricted. Here’s how;
For iOS users;
- Launch the Settings app and select the ‘General’ option.
- From here, select ‘Background App Refresh’.
- Toggle Background App Refresh to off for all or you can select individual apps. We recommend toggle for all. You can turn them on at any point in time.
For Android users;
- Launch the Settings and select ‘Data usage’ option.
- Tap the app(s) to check out detailed usage statistics. This is where you can restrict background data for individual apps.
- Once you have opened the app’s statistics, select ‘Restrict app Background data’.
Toggling data on and off. Smartphones give you the option of turning mobile data on or off. This can be a helpful trick if you’re plan on saving some data. Pro tip, if you’re at work, toggle off your mobile data and use office Wi-Fi.