Are you 'overestimating data needs' with your mobile?
As a consumer, there's a good chance you're signing up to pricier tariffs when it comes to your mobile phone because you have absolutely no idea how much data you actually use or need.
You may scoff, but a new survey is claiming it, so it must be true. The research, undertaken by those meddling kids at Ofcom alongside Bill Monitor, found that while 49% of all smartphone users consume less than 100MB per month, 88% have a monthly data allowance of 500MB or more.
Even taking into account the notion that data use has more than doubled over the past 18 months, use still lies around 154MB which is much lower than what consumers perceive they need.
Billmonitor.com founder Stelios Koundouros said: "Virtually all smartphone users have one thing in common: they’re all paying more for mobile data than they should. It is notoriously difficult for people to estimate their real data usage, and smartphone users who don’t know how much data they are using cannot make an informed decision on which tariff is right for them. We urge people to take a good look at their consumption and make sure that they are not paying over the odds for their data."
Hands up if you can actually be bothered checking all this out to save a couple of quid.