Whether you like it or not the mobile phone is an essential part of your daily life. From social media to streaming unless your connected to WiFi you will be using your mobiles data. What is the scary part for many people using their mobiles, they don't know actually how much data they are using or have used. With this in mind and no warnings or alerts in place for high usage, unexpected and expensive bills for out of bundle data charges is becoming a regular thing. But there is no need to panic! In this article we are going to show you how to monitor your data usage and on specific models actually cap all data usage as well.
For iPhones - My Data Manager
My Data Manager is an app that is available to download from the Apple App Store for free. It is simple to set up and has been downloaded more than 11 million times. It allows you to enter the dates of you mobile contract and track how much data and what you are using your data on. It will also send you notifications when you are close to using your data allowance or when you have plenty left with only a few days left in the month before your data allowance renews.
The app also acknowledges all the different locations you are using mobile data and so you are able to see when you are abroad how much roaming data you have used as well as roaming it shows you how much data you use while connected to WiFi which another handy feature.
For Android Phones
With Android phones you don't have download any extra apps to monitor and control your mobile data. A useful advantage when using a Android phone is you can cap your mobile data so you are unable to go over your monthly allowance. The video below explains how to monitor your data usage and add caps. The video is for a Samsung phone but all Android settings work the same no matter the manufacture.
For Windows Phones
Data Sense is an app that appears on all Windows phones. The app works similarly in a similar way to My Data Plan but unlike on Android you are not able to cap your data usage. The following instructions from Microsoft have been supplied here. Data Sense also has the option to restrict background data use when you are close to using your limit. So this will stop email and none essential tasks until your connected to WiFi or your monthly allowance has reset. A video below shows how to set up these features.
Here at 447 Services we are happy to help with further support on mobile data and if you do find that you are going over your monthly allowance on the regular this is something we are happy to talk about. With many new tariffs coming out each month, its best to make sure you are on the right one that suits your needs.
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PPI, road traffic accidents and green boilers are just some of the examples of nuisance calls you may receive several times a day. You maybe unaware how these companies have got your number all you know is they waste your time.
We have come across a solution which will relieve you of the stress involved in these calls.
We have been using Truecaller in the 447 Services office for around a year now on Android and iPhone devices. But it wasn't until last week we were asked to move contacts from a sim card to a mobile that we came across 100+ contacts with the name "Do not answer" or "Spam" as we looked further into this, we found that there were even more similar contacts saved on the phone already.
You maybe thinking oh this isn't a bad idea saving the numbers so you know not to answer them however each contact saved on your mobile is taking up unwanted space which could be better used.
The video below, explains what Turecaller does as well as its features.
In the past year of using Truecaller on business and personal mobiles, we have seen about 85% of nuisance calls being blocked, your phone wont ring and you will get a little notification next time you unlock your phone to say a call has been blocked.
The other useful feature is what they call search but we don't use it to find contacts. If a company has a number which they are calling you on somewhere online for example their website. Truecaller will say the name of the company that is calling you as well as list the number. So if a nuisance call does creep through you can reject it and add it to the blocked list.
Truecaller is a free app available on the Apple App store, Google Play and Microsoft store. There are paid versions which will just remove any adverts in the app but these are just banner ads and don't affect you when using the app. To find out more information about Truecaller just follow the link.
Truecaller isn't the only app we can suggest to help your business, why don't you look at our Hardware and Business Solutions pages for info on them.
Hosted communication systems are talked about a lot, especially their benefits - which include streamlining your business communications and gaining a higher return on your investment. Even with all the positives of a hosted telephony solution, it still sounds like a huge task to undertake for a business, As they might already have a telephone system or just be using mobile phones to make business calls.
With all the benefits of a hosted system, is it right to change?
Having the right tools makes it easy to do a great job. To encourage great communication whether it be internally or externally of a business, we need to make sure you have the correct equipment and software to help employees to work effectively and promote a credible business, as the last thing you want when dealing with clients and potential clients is poor voice quality and the perception of a very small company.
Other than giving you new and improved features, what else does a professional hosted telephone system have to offer? We have created a fictional situation to show one way how it could help.
So lets imagine Stephen runs a marketing agency and he is going to be having a conference call with a big potential new client in London. He sends out emails, which include invitations and the agenda for the call. Stephen needs to make sure his telephone equipment is working perfectly to make sure he has a successful call.
Let's imagine that Celia from a SMB company is going to have an audio conference with a key potential customer in London. After sending out invitations and listing the agenda and preparing notes, she needs to make sure her telephone equipment functions perfectly for a fruitful meeting. She makes a checklist:
1. Make sure that the phone is HD voice and that the parties on the other side can hear and be heard clearly. Clear and professional sound is the first step in engaging a customer.
2. Busy offices and smaller co working spaces can make it hard to focus for both the end receiver and the person making the phone call and with quiet meeting rooms not always readily available it is a necessity for a professional and successful call. So the phone needs to have excellent background noise cancellation.
3. Every minute is crucial on a call like this, an so Stephen needs to give 100% attention to the call so he able to answer any queries the potential customer may have. He may not have time to make notes and also may forget about specific things mentioned on the call. He also might want to share the call with other colleagues to help find a solution for this client. Call recording will allow Stephen to be worry free about making notes as he will be able to record the full call and playback as much as he wants.
4. Having a professional hosted system allows you to have many more features which can come in handy when on a call like this, You will be able to mute speakers, add and remove different people to the call as well as many more.
This is just one scenario out of many that happens day to day in the workplace and there many other different scenarios that we could speak about, for example voicemail, as every incoming call is an opportunity can you afford to miss a call and not listen to your voicemail till your back in the office. Wouldn't the message being sent by text or email so you can listen on the go be beneficial.
A professional business phone system isn't just about lowering costs and bringing you better ROI. As a boss think about this practically, this type of system will offer you more features making your working day more productive and effective, whilst still being very simple to use. Just a reminder you will have to switch to a new telephone system soon with ISDN and PSTN lines being shut off.
To learn mosre about cloud hosted telephony, why not call for a impartial chat or send in an email for more information.