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3 ways to lower your data usage on the iPhone

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It's an awful feeling when you get a message from your wireless carrier indicating you've gone over your data plan. Overage charges these days are outrageous and the process of calling customer support to see if they will give you a break is rarely worth the effort.

The iPhone has some impressive features that run in the background which can do things like sync information between devices, automatically update applications and so on. However, if you aren't careful those background activities can really take a bite out of your cellular data. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you never get one of those messages again.

Sprint Offers iPhone with Unlimited Data for $65

Wireless carrier Sprint Corporation launched the new Best Buy One Plan nationwide on March 1. The program is described as an "industry-first, all inclusive plan" that offers unlimited voice calling, messaging, data, and a "whole new way to get a wireless phone". Not surprisingly, Sprint's Best Buy One is exclusively available at Best Buy retail outlets.

Sprint unlimited iPhone data

Customers can get the unlimited data plan along with top smartphones for no money down and no sales tax at the time of purchase. The program works by leasing the hardware for a fixed monthly price, which is rolled into the total plan cost. This means with a two-year contract Sprint subscribers can lease the 16GB iPhone 6 along with unlimited data, voice calling and messaging for a total of $65 per month plus taxes and fees.

ReStats Will Reset Cellular Data Usage Automatically

Tracking cellular data usage by apps and the iOS system is possible using Settings -> Cellular. In addition to data usage itemized by app, system services and roaming totals are also listed. While this can help keep track of data usage, left to its own devices iOS will never reset the stats. Users must manually tap the Reset Statistics button.

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Monitoring cellular data usage can be more useful when the statistics are only recorded for a specific interval, such as your billing cycle. The jailbreak tweak ReStats adds this functionality to iOS 8, automatically resetting the totals based on user preferences. Once installed, configuring the tweak is a two-step process.

AT&T Increases Data Allowance on GoPhone Plans

GoPhone customers will automatically get major improvements to their data and calling plans starting in two days. AT&T has announced increases to high-speed data allowances on pre-paid $45 and $60 per month plans. The less expensive plan will jump from 1GB to a 1.5GB allowance.

AT&T GoPhone data plans

Customers with $60 plans will see an increase from 2.5GB to 4GB. These changes will not increase billing costs. All GoPhone plans are actually unlimited data, however the data allowance is the amount of high-speed monthly data usage. After these amounts are reached, speeds are reduced.

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