Here's how to minimise costs when you access the mobile internet or use mobile broadband while roaming.
Disconnect your modem or data card when you’re not using it – you’re still using data by keeping the connection open.
If your modem is switching between 3G and GPRS before you connect, go to:
...and choose a 3G only profile. This forces the modem or card to connect to 3G broadband in areas where both connection types are available.
Turn off automatic updates before you roam, as these just eat up your data. Go to:
Turn off 'Show Pictures' if you're using Internet Explorer. Go to
To show an individual picture, just right-click on where it should be in the page (you will see a box with a red 'x' in it where the picture should be) and click on ‘Show Picture’.
Set Outlook to only download headers.
Work offline. Draft your emails first, then connect and send them all together - and disconnect once you’re done.
The formatting in HTML and rich text emails boosts the size of each message you send. Go to:
When sending files by email, always compress or zip them first – this reduces the size of the files and saves on data usage.