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l If you use a smartphone or a tablet, make sure that only essential data-related activities on your device are enabled to avoid using large volumes of data. Receiving e-mail, browsing the web, using instant messaging services and other applications should only be activated when necessary to avoid using large volumes of data and accumulating a high bill.
l Using a handset to check e-mail, browse the web and use instant messaging such as BBM or other applications may be free in SA, but it’s anything but free when roaming – you’ll be billed at world rates. The same goes for accessing services such as Vodafone live.
l Set up your e-mail client to download the header of new e-mails only. Once you’ve received the headers of new e-mails, you can then select which e-mails should be downloaded in full to prevent large downloads. Avoid downloading e-mails with large attachments – this is a bill killer.
l Streaming video, person-to-person file sharing or any other type of file download is data intensive and can result in extremely high bills.
l When using data roaming on a laptop abroad, remember to disable all automatic download activity which happens in the background, like operating system updates or software/app updates.
l Disable your smartphone or tablet from performing automatic app refreshes or automatic software updates to prevent large data downloads.
l If you don’t want to use data roaming at all – the safest choice – turn data roaming off on your device.