I HAVE DISCOVERED a way to cut back the cost of running my mobile phone without reducing my effectiveness on the job. This is an important consideration since my wage packet has gone down as I continue making my donations to bailing out the Irish banking system. I have shaved a minimum of EUR 20 a month off my mobile phone bill by using the Nokia N8 as my primary phone and also carrying an iPod Touch connected to an O2 data SIM. For the second month running, my total phone charges amounted to less than one hundred euro. When running Android handsets or the iPhone, my monthly costs never slipped below EUR 120 monthly, partly because the iPhone costs more on contract than the N8. Android phones just seem to constantly suck data from the mobile web and the only way I've controlled that tendency is to manually rename the phone's APN to keep it offline. I use my handsets hard, sending dozens of text messages every day and uploading megabytes of content onto internet places weekly as I run the Web Promotion for Business programme for LIT. I use cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote from my hand with a Huawei E585 Mifi dongle serving both my iPod Touch and up to four other students who connect their handsets through it. My primary email service (using eight different email addresses on three different mail servers) runs through the Nokia N8. Even though I enjoy the convenience of an apps-based world, I earn my money and respond to both student and college taskings through email. The N8 excels in this regard. And at the end of each month, I am saving enough money to buy a Chinese takeaway for dinner. Putting the Nokia N8 into daily use has been a big win for me, just in terms of saving money. As those who follow my blog, my teaching routine, my Flickr photostream and my Qik video collection know, the N8 has kept me in the media production game better than any other device I have owned.