We all know smart phones are a necessity in today’s world, especially for drivers who are out on the road for days at a time; they allow us all to stay connected with our families, friends, and business contacts. Below, some tips on how to manage your smartphone more efficiently, so that you are getting the most out of it.
- Take the time to manage your wireless provider. Know how and what features you use and how often before you enter into a contract. Protect yourself against rate hikes by monitoring your usage.
- If it is available, it is best to choose an “unlimited” type of plan. This will prevent costly and unplanned expenses from overages. Many providers offer plans with both messaging and data.
- Many providers also offer free upgrades on equipment once the term agreement has completed. And remember, don’t throw away your old equipment, many providers will “buy back” this device and give you credit towards a new phone.
- Take advantage of Free Wi-Fi whenever you can; it saves on data consumption and therefore increases the battery life of your device.
- Adjusting the brightness of your phone also affects the battery life. Changing the brightness to approximately 50% will increase battery life and give you more time between charges when you are out on the road.
- Looking for some great apps? Check out our blog post on useful apps for the transportation industry!
- Did you know, UWT now has a texting program? You can send and receive text messages to and from UWT via our email delivery system. Messages delivered from UWT will show from this number: 778.383.7106, and replies you send are delivered to ALL members of UWT’s Customer Service Department. Read more about this service in our recent blog post!
- Use our TRANSFLO Mobile program to send paperwork to us right from your iPhone or Android device, for free. Check back soon for a how-to video on this service!!!!
Thanks to technology, you can call us, text us, friend us on social media, and send us documents, all from your smartphone! BUT, only when you are NOT driving; handheld calls, texting, browsing the internet, and using apps while driving are all huge distractions that greatly increase your potential for accidents, and it is illegal!!!!