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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 11:17
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Stop Using My Phone Credit - For Crying Out Loud!

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Great response from everybody, simple tips and educational.

 

I think it's a sneaky business that's made unnecessarily complicated sometimes.

 

Alan, thanks for the link ;)

 

Stubby

 

 

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On 12/16/2018 at 8:40 PM, wgdanson said:

And make sure you never have a lot of creadit on your phone, just top up as and when needed.

There is a setting where you can get a notification when you have only a bit of allowance left.

 

Turn OFF your Wi-Fi when you are not needing to use it (same with Bluetooth and Location etc). Only keep "Mobile Data" turned on at all times, everything else Off until required. 

Make sure any app updates only happen when using Wi-Fi and also turn off "Automatic" updates (so you can choose the important ones and when - preferably when you have access to FREE Wi-Fi).

Many apps only want to update so they can make more room for advertising!

 

Use technology don't let technology use you. And YES, I am bloody minded. 👍

HTH

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6 minutes ago, lvr181 said:

Turn OFF your Wi-Fi when you are not needing to use it (same with Bluetooth and Location etc). Only keep "Mobile Data" turned on at all times, everything else Off until required. 

Make sure any app updates only happen when using Wi-Fi and also turn off "Automatic" updates (so you can choose the important ones and when - preferably when you have access to FREE Wi-Fi).

Many apps only want to update so they can make more room for advertising!

 

Use technology don't let technology use you. And YES, I am bloody minded. 👍

HTH

Good points, thanks for sharing. I just turned off mobile data 😉

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22 minutes ago, lvr181 said:

Turn OFF your Wi-Fi when you are not needing to use it (same with Bluetooth and Location etc). Only keep "Mobile Data" turned on at all times, everything else Off until required. 

Make sure any app updates only happen when using Wi-Fi and also turn off "Automatic" updates (so you can choose the important ones and when - preferably when you have access to FREE Wi-Fi).

Many apps only want to update so they can make more room for advertising!

 

Use technology don't let technology use you. And YES, I am bloody minded. 👍

HTH

Surely having MOBILE DATA turned ON will use your credit up as yuor phone will connect via your service provider. WI FI turned ON does not use any credit.

Bluetooth and Location will only use your battery.

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I'm using AIS and have their app installed on my phone that gives me live data balance, which I can check whenever.. If my data is finished I receive an automated SMS advising that I have been charged 10bt for over usage which will increase to 49bt for unlimited until midnight.. When I receive that first SMS with 10bt charge I TURN OFF the "mobile data" immediately and just use WiFi until I've had a chance to top up my credit and code in my package, ie #xxx#xx*and then turn my mobile data back on.. So my max charge over my data allowance is only 10bt..

I'm sure True would also have an app you can download to monitor your usage and balance live as well..

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Just now, owenm said:

I'm using AIS and have their app installed on my phone that gives me live data balance, which I can check whenever.. If my data is finished I receive an automated SMS advising that I have been charged 10bt for over usage which will increase to 49bt for unlimited until midnight.. When I receive that first SMS with 10bt charge I TURN OFF the "mobile data" immediately and just use WiFi until I've had a chance to top up my credit and code in my package, ie #xxx#xx*and then turn my mobile data back on.. So my max charge over my data allowance is only 10bt..

I'm sure True would also have an app you can download to monitor your usage and balance live as well..

I'll check it out owenm 😉

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On 12/16/2018 at 7:30 PM, BritManToo said:

Get your self the Oppo A3s from 7-11 for 2,700bht, it's a decent 6" notch phone, locked to True. Includes a True sim with unlimited free True phone calls and internet data for 100bht topup/month. 

Surely that data usage must be capped in some way? Either by volume or by bandwidth?

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7 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

Surely that data usage must be capped in some way? Either by volume or by bandwidth?

It's capped at 1mb d/l speed.

Nearly all the cheaper unlimited packages have that cap.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

It's capped at 1mb d/l speed.

Nearly all the cheaper unlimited packages have that cap.

The cheaper packages certainly do always have some sort of cap, which was why I asked the question.

 

For me 1Mbs is a bit too small, though the price isnt bad. I prefer to have one of the unlimited 4Mbs SIMs which cost between around 1250-2500B per year, depending on where you buy them. These SIMs can be used in any phone.

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2 hours ago, KittenKong said:

The cheaper packages certainly do always have some sort of cap, which was why I asked the question.

 

For me 1Mbs is a bit too small, though the price isnt bad. I prefer to have one of the unlimited 4Mbs SIMs which cost between around 1250-2500B per year, depending on where you buy them. These SIMs can be used in any phone.

Any suggestions please. Does AIS have one?

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2 hours ago, KittenKong said:

The cheaper packages certainly do always have some sort of cap, which was why I asked the question.

 

For me 1Mbs is a bit too small, though the price isnt bad. I prefer to have one of the unlimited 4Mbs SIMs which cost between around 1250-2500B per year, depending on where you buy them. These SIMs can be used in any phone.

I got a Dtac Golden Dog SIM

https://oilinki.com/blog/1-year-unlimited-data-sim-cards-thailand

 

http://www.dtac.co.th/en/prepaid/products/golden-dog-sim.html

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To the OP    as suggested elsewhere  turn off auto updates of google apps and phone firmware

set to only update via Wifi

turn off  mobile data  when at home/office or near a usable Wifi spot

also you can goto phone settings data usage and press the  3 dots top right  and select disable background data  though this will break  things like google maps and on my phone stopped openVPN from connecting.

+ never reply to those spam SMS messages for free ringtones etc

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Usually when buying a 12gb internet package in Thailand the internet is restricted to only 384kbs untill next payment. I have AIS 799thb per month. After i used my gb then the speed slows down to 384kbs. i know most providers in Thailand have this and i would recommend you to check out other providers. And just for info. Some lower gb packages have lower kbs after you used up your gb. as 128kbs. 

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4 hours ago, wgdanson said:

Surely having MOBILE DATA turned ON will use your credit up as yuor phone will connect via your service provider. WI FI turned ON does not use any credit.

Bluetooth and Location will only use your battery.

Data has to flow in order to affect your credit.

Wi-Fi is different from mobile data. You can be paying for either/or, depending on what your normal download usage may be.

Phone and text messages e.g. via your mobile phone will be included in your phone plan at a huge cost to the user. That is why the proliferation of chat apps e.g. Line, WhatsAp Viber etc. that use Wi-Fi (being a cheaper rate, normally) and therefore more cost effective than your mobile plan costs would be.

If Bluetooth and Location (among others) are turned on then they are always seeking out (by using data) connections wherever you go. And, yes they are a heavy drain on your battery.

 

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1 hour ago, wgdanson said:

Any suggestions please. Does AIS have one?

Mine is from True.

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