Data overages on a cell phone bill can be a nasty surprise at the end of the month.
Cell phone dealers are recommending choosing more data instead of less to avoid extra charges.
"You're always better to overshoot on a data package because when you do go over it is a little pricey," said Dan Lheureux, the owner of Cambridge Electronics in Fort Saskatchewan. "You can never seem to have enough data."
According to the CRTC, the average Canadian uses around 1.2 gigabytes (GB) of data per month.
"To save data you can turn off this feature on your phone called Wi-Fi assist," said Lheureux. "What that does is if you're on Wi-Fi and it's not good enough, it's going to go to your data and use it up."
Some tips to avoid data overages:
- Turn off Wi-Fi assist
- Use Wi-Fi whenever you can
- Turn off cellular data for certain apps (YouTube, Netflix, Etc.)
- Turn off notifications and location services
Data overage charges in Canada range anywhere from $15 to $40 per GB.