As a blogger, you can be a writer or a curator of information, or both. And to maintain an interactive, popular blog, you have to do several things regularly. These include:
- Creating original and fresh content on a regular basis
- Using images to complement your content
- Gathering reference materials
- Establishing an online presence and sharing your content on social media channels
- Guest blogging by creating content for other blogs
- Replying to comments on each guest post
- Communicating and collaborating on projects with other bloggers
- Endorsing products
To maintain and keep your blog fresh and relevant all the time, you need a reliable smartphone plan to help ease your daily tasks.
How to Choose the Best Phone and Data Plan
Getting the best coverage out of your phone plan is a must if you are a blogger who runs your site on the go. To pick the right smartphone and data plan which will enable you to be productive and up-to-date wherever you are, follow the tips below:
1. Determine how much data you usually use each month
An average smartphone owner makes use of up to 5GB of data every month. But if you are a blogger, this may just be the minimum data you will be using. To know exactly how much data you are using on a monthly basis, check your own phone.
Most Android phones can track overall data usage. Also, they break down the data usage by each app so you can see how many gigabytes are being drained by social media channels and blogging sites. There are also mobile apps you can easily use to track your data usage.
2. Decide whether prepaid or postpaid is better for you
If you opt for a prepaid plan, you must buy a starter kit. This will give you access to the phone network and a specific amount of data and calls. If that runs out, you can recharge and extend your network access, which is limited to a certain period depending on the amount you pay.
This option will give you tight control over your phone call and data expenditure. However, make sure you know where and how to recharge or top-up your data sim. After all, you don’t want to stop blogging just because you run out of credits and you can’t have online access.
For postpaid plans, this is a 12 to 24 months contract with a minimum monthly service charge. The total cost may include the value of the handset. Some service providers offer unlimited capped plans wherein you can have unlimited usage but with a higher monthly fee.
By choosing a postpaid plan, you don’t have to worry about not having access to the internet when doing your blog posts. But costs can escalate out of your control if you do not properly manage your account. Remember that you can set limits on your phone and data plan.
Also, keep in mind that if you choose to quit your plan early, you will need to pay a penalty. So before signing up to a long-term phone plan, you must consider the length of the contract and your minimum costs. Most importantly, ask if you can either increase or decrease your plan at any stage without paying any penalty.
3. Check the handset’s Wi-Fi accessibility
Most mobile phones today have Wi-Fi access so you can easily connect to a wireless hotspot or a personal network. A phone that allows you to monitor Wi-Fi usage and 3G internet access is a handy feature for bloggers like you. This can also help you save on data usage.
4. Consider your frequency of overseas travel
If you regularly travel (especially to other countries) as a blogger, make sure to know your plan’s limitations. Your phone’s bandwidth must be compatible with the system in the country of your destination as well.
Moreover, make sure your phone plan service provider has roaming capabilities there. This is crucial if you regularly use the Galaxy Entertainer app to get ideas about the best places to visit, restaurants to go to, movies to watch, and activities to try, which you can write about for your next post.
5. Check the telecom provider’s network coverage
Since most blogging tasks require internet access, looking into the network’s coverage maps is crucial. Make sure that you can easily use your phone plan in areas you often go to.
The 3G network includes internet services and video phone calls. But it is recommended that you have 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which is a wireless standard delivering faster online performance. As a blogger, you need to send and receive online data as quickly as possible and 4G and LTE are capable of doing such.
Make sure that you can get same quality online experience when you are on the go as you would get at home when you are using a wireless broadband.
If you are a blogger, having easy online access is important. The internet is your life! So make sure to choose a phone and data plan that allows you to do your blogging tasks quickly, easily and effectively.
Azhar Abulhamayel is the Head of Marketing – National Segment and High Value at Zain KSA. The company was the first operator in the Middle East to commercially launch the 4G/LTE network. Zain serves +10M customers, has extended its network coverage to 94% of the population, and attracts thousands of new customers daily.