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According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 1 in 6 mobile device users have experienced some form of bill shock.
As 2012 comes to a close, we though it was as good a time as any to recap some of the egregious instances of bill shock that made headlines this year – and share advice for how to prevent these massive charges from even being an issue next year.
The cost of sending 10 plain text emails is $6.65, which doesn’t seem like a great expense. Until you decide to go to Canada on a business trip and you send/receive 105 in a day (which is the average amount an employee sends/receives every day), at a cost of $69.83. Spend a whole week there working and you’ve spent almost $350.00.
Or say you’re on a family trip and wanted to get a movie for your family to watch. Well, if you’re visiting the pyramids in Egypt and are fans of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, you’re out of luck. If you streamed “The Dark Knight” from Egypt you’d have just rung up a $2,400.00 bill.
But there are ways to protect yourself and your company from these outrageous costs, short of deciding to never travel or never use a mobile device again. Using Wi-Fi is important – but maybe not as important as turning data roaming, email fetch and push notifications to the “off” setting, so your phone isn’t using data behind-the-scenes.
Simply understanding the ways that these mobile devices use data “in the background” and putting an end to it while traveling can dramatically decrease your bill.
So check out our latest infographic (below) and get informed. Share these tips for eliminating overages and let’s make 2013 the year that outrageous charges become a thing of the past.