I've moved around quite a bit and one thing that seems to be at the top of my list when organizing things for my new home is having Wifi. But, over the past few months I've experimented with not purchasing an Internet package from a cable company. My primary reason for doing this is to save money. Unless you own a home, having a landline in an apartment can seem pointless, therefore the cable companies have learned to keep up with the times by including internet services with cable and phone lines. Well when you break down the cost of just purchasing an Internet package sans phone line and cable, you're still looking at paying at least $50 a month just to use Wifi on your laptop and occasionally your cell phone (to save data).
If you have a smart phone you're already paying for internet services, it's included in the amount of data you use each month. Whether you have a fixed maximum amount of data or unlimited, you are literally paying to use the Internet on your phone already so why pay again by purchasing an Internet package? Well, unless you have a need for high speed service on a daily basis, you don't have to, here's how.
Almost every phone manufacturer (Apple, Samsung, LG, Google, etc.) have a line of products that are meant to work together. This is what the IoT (Internet of Things) is essentially. It's an ecosystem of technology devices that work together to make your life a breeze. I'll break down how I use my ecosystem to save money on Internet services.
I have a Samsung TV with Smart features and a Samsung Galaxy S10+ cellphone. Every network television program has an app so I can stream whatever I want for free from my phone to my TV without ever using a wifi connection. This would be possible with an iPhone as well. Like I stated earlier, any cell phone with a data plan can be used a source of internet connectivity to other devices in your home. All it takes is for you to download the neccessary apps to get the devices all connected to each other. Let's say you want to watch a show that is still broadcasting new episodes every week and you don't have access through the app to watch the latest episodes. All you have to do is find a friend or family member who is willing to share their login information with you.
In some cases you don't even have to download an app to connect your devices, you just need to turn the bluetooth capabilities on in your phone's settings. When your bluetooth is on, any devices with connection capabilities will appear on your phone allowing you to connect. Another way to connect your devices to the Internet from your phone is through the mobile hotspot. It is wise to implement security measures in your phone that ensures a device can only connect to your phone when you physically allow it to. With that being said, I want to segway into security measures when it comes to IoT.
Always require a password or Pin code for devices to connect to your phone. Never connect to a device you aren't familiar with, be careful to not connect to your neighbor's TV 🙃. Turn your bluetooth and hotspot capabilities OFF when they aren't being used. This prevents anyone from hacking into your IoT ecosystem. Remember, any devices can be picked up when bluetooth is on within at least 30feet so never leave the WiFi on on your phone either.
Here's to helping you use your devices efficiently 💸