Bill shock is one of the many concerns of cellphone prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Yes, Globe and Smart have addressed this with the unlimited data plans; but if you’re stuck with a prepaid plan or a postpaid plan without unli-data, you may want to follow these simple steps. You will be surprised that these easy steps will not just save you a lot of moolah, but will keep your phone up for a day a more!

1. Turn Off ‘Mobile Data’:  If you’re not into monitoring and reading your Facebook or Twitter Feeds (at least during break time and lunch), you may want to (temporarily) turn ‘Mobile Data’ off. On Android, if ‘Auto-Sync’ is turned on, some apps like Facebook and Twitter will download data or ping servers in the background. This is one of the reasons why people fall into the pit of ‘bill shock’. This will also significantly save battery, so you can use your phone longer.

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2. Monitor Your Data Consumption and Be Fair and Responsible in Using Data: Be sure to monitor your monthly data consumption if you’re subscribed to limited data consumption services. For instance, if you’re subscribed to UnliData 300, check your consumption graph if you’re already over it on a monthly basis. On Android smartphones, you can set a warning and a limit to make yourself privy of your current consumption. There is no native application that can monitor your data usage on iPhone, but you can download an app called Onavo Count that exactly has all the related functions you need.

And yeah, how can we forget the case of Mr. Elmer de Guzman who used 11,139,210 kilobyte of data (effectively amounting to 3M worth of charges). Mr. de Guzman was lucky because Globe admitted that it was a system error, but what could have happened had he really forgot to subscribe to Globe’s Bridge DataRoam.

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3. Turn Your Data Roaming Off: This doesn’t just consume a lot of battery, but this can be a harbinger of a barren wallet. If you don’t have any plans of uploading a photo on Facebook or Instagram while you’re out of the country, never turn this feature on. The best thing you could do is look for a free Wifi hotspot or just simply enjoy your trip by “disconnecting” to “connect” with more people.

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4. Turn off LTE: If you have a smartphone with LTE feature, you can turn that off and simply use 3G data connection. In my experience on the iPhone 5, turning LTE off will not just save a lot of battery juice by 40%, but will also avoid downloading unnecessary data pushes to my device.

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These tips are predominantly for those who really wish to avoid bill shock. On my next article, I shall give tips particular to saving battery of your Android or iOS device.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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