IN A SURE SIGN that I'm dealing with recessionary pressures, my over-the-air usage of data through my mobile phone is dropping more than 30% every month. I need to save EUR 80 a month on my mobile phone bills and that's very easy to arrange if I keep a disciplined approach to how I use my phone. I've made free and open wifi nodes in Dublin, Cork, and Limerick placemarks and named contacts in my Nokia E90. Knowing where these places are located before the fact makes it easy to set up coffee chats and tabletop briefings where my laptop and my mobile phone won't feed O2-Ireland. I've got a Boingo subscription that complements my need for flexibility and I have enough stuff cached on my phone, in my Moleskines, on three different playback devices, so I'm suitably engaged without needing the cloud. I know some visitors to my blog have to hit the cloud for their Powerpoints, documents and spreadsheets. I like the flexibility you get when storing stuff in the ether but there's something to be said about the savings you can achieve when carrying around secure copies of data on memory cards. I've more than 32GB of slip-in storage in my pockets and bags and I can't wait until my phone packs more than 100 GB onboard too.
Previously -- "Thoughts about mobile data on holidays"