I love my iPhone. You love your iPhone. Everybody in the world loves their iPhone, and if they don’t own one, they want one. However, what I don’t love, and I’m sure that I’m not alone on this, is a huge bill at the end of the month that puts a gaping hole in my bank account and makes me love my iPhone just a little bit less. The cost of running and maintaining an up to date iPhone with all of the latest Apps and accessories can be a little daunting, especially if you’re wage isn’t anything to shout about or you don’t have a job that pays for your phone line rental and hourly Twitter updates. Well, iPhoneAppCafe wants you to continue using your iPhone as much as humanly possible, so that’s why we’ve given you this list of tips and tricks that will help you save money on your iPhone.
How To: Use and Find Free WiFi on Your iPhone
Ok, this may seem obvious, however I am an absolute sucker for just browsing the internet on 3G Roaming, when I could just as easily connect o a free WiFi network and surf the web for as long as I like at no added cost! One of the heaviest charges that you can incur is going over your iPhone data allowance and getting billed for everytime you check Facebook or send a tweet, not to mention actually checking out sites and streaming videos. Search for free WiFi wherever you go and ensure that your phone remembers any free network by selecting ‘Settings’, ‘Wi-Fi’ and switching it to ‘On’. Also, download the ‘Free Wi-Fi’ Finder App, which will help you find free Wi-Fi anywhere in the world for, yep you guessed it, free!
How To: Talk For Free on your iPhone
“Don’t start me talking, I could talk all night…”, if you’re anything like the protagonist in Elvis Costello’s inimitable anti-war anthem ‘Oliver’s Army’, then you could be looking down the barrel of a hefty iPhone bill as the price to pay for your late night conversations. Well, there is a way to avoid having to taking out a second mortgage to cover your bill by downloading any of the Free talk Apps, such as Viber or Skype. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you can talk to anyone in the world for as long as you like for free, with no dent in your monthly-billed allowance. Simply search the iPhone App store for the right ‘Free talk’ App that suits you and hook up to your nearest Wi-Fi connection. A perfect tip for those with partners who live abroad or have gone travelling, or anyone who has ever been sent, “to Johannesburg,” No Costello fans in the house?! Just me then…
How To: Send Messages For Free on Your iPhone
Text messaging has been one of the foremost phenomenons of the past ten years, with everyone from schoolchildren to grandparents keeping up with their peers via the simple and effective power of ‘the text’. Of course, the like any good trend, ‘The Man’ will always look to capitalize upon it, and this is no exception, with charges and rates for text messaging costing many people a sizeable amount of their monthly wage/pocket money. Well, here’s away to stick it to ‘The Man’ and get around paying exorbitant bills for messaging your friends; simply search the App Store for a free Instant Messaging App that will allow you to keep in constant communication with your friends and family for absolutely nothing. They all have various pros and cons, but some of them, like ‘Text Me!’ is like a cross between instant messaging and text messaging, with an inbox and live chat option. Put two fingers up to the establishment and a thumb down on your keypad as you text away to your heart’s content!
How To: Monitor your iPhone’s Message Character Count
Alright, so you read the previous tip and you thought, nah, I can’t be bothered downloading an Instant Messaging App and inviting all of my friends to join it, then remember to use it when connected to free Wi-Fi, blah, blah, blah…well I’ve got news for you. You’re lazy. You’re also lucky. You’re lucky because there is a way to save money on your iPhone’s messages without having to anything other than a few taps on your screen. Simply select ‘Settings’, then ‘Messages’ and scroll down to ‘Character Count’ and turn it to ‘On’. The next time that you send a message, you will have a little counter on the side that will tell you when you go over 160 characters, which is the limit for one message. You can now edit your message to fit into one message rather than being charged for two messages unnecessarily. It may seem small, but these little things really do add up at the end of the month!
How To: Save Money on iPhone Apps
Here at iPhoneAppCafe, iPhone Apps are our bread and butter; however, at the prices some of these App developers charge it’s more like lobster and caviar! We understand that not everyone can afford to download the latest Apps every single day, so why not follow these money saving tips on getting the most out of your Apps for the least amount of money! The best thing you can do with regards to gaming Apps is search for a free version of the App to test it out before you invest; this way, if it’s useless then you haven’t wasted a few quid. Also, many developers have full versions of their App for free; it’s just that you have to put up with a bit of advertising, which can be a small price to pay in relation to the price tag! Research your Apps before investing; just because they have a fancy website with positive ‘quotes’, then it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily worth the money, so make sure that you read reviews of any App that you are about to buy. One last piece of advice; there are websites such as ‘FreeAppAlert’ which give you daily updates as to the best Apps on the market that you don’t have to sign up for…surely this makes sound financial sense?!