Reliance Jio did what drugs do to many. It made us free data addict. And now it is no longer free, so just like addicts now you will crave for data and pay for it. Jio, which has been free since its launch in September last year, this year has announced that it will no longer be free and will charge its users for calls, Jio apps, SMSes and data usage from April 15. Although how much and how, that is a separate story.
The company had earlier said that it would start charging after March 31 but it later extended the date to April 15. So now, you can subscribe for company’s paid plan membership dubbed as Jio Prime and then go for the desired recharge plans. However, if you wish to be a part of Jio’s latest Summer Surprise offer where it offers free services for the next three months then it is mandatory to recharge with a plan of Rs 303 or above.
Whatever be the case, Jio 4G data is no longer free or unlimited. The company has set different FUP limits for each plans and once the limit is exhausted, the internet speed will drop down to 128kbps. So how do you track your data usage. There are some options to do so, we tell you. Please note that these methods — or similar ones — are applicable for all networks but we are focusing on Jio here.
1- One way to check data consumption with Jio is going to be the MyJio app that you can download on your phone. In that app, Jio will tell you how much data you have consumed from your allotted data plan. Although this is the official way to check the data consumption, it is not real time as there will be some lag in how much data you are consuming and how much the app is showing.
2- Another way to check the data is USSD and SMS method. You can dial *333# and then press the number as instructed. You’ll receive the message containing total data consumed. Or you can SMS “MBAL” to toll-free number 55333. In return, you will get a message telling about the Jio data consumption.
3- Another method to check for the data use in real time is your phone’s network setting. If you use an iPhone, you a get a detailed view of the data usage and also what apps consumed that data. Go to Settings and then tap on Cellular. It will show you all time, data sage and also an alphabetical list of all the apps in your phone that consume cellular data.
Similarly, Android users can go to Settings and then tap on Data Usage. You will see your data usage details along with the apps that are consuming that data. You can also set your data limit for defined time periods.
4- Finally, there is a way through a third-party app that enables truly real-time tracking of data consumption. Smartbro, an app created by Optinno Mobile Tech, gives you a real-time prepaid balance and accurate data usage of your phone. The app uses a fairly simple interface and is quite easy to access. Smartbro also reminds you when your data pack expires without any need to set the reminder.
Interestingly, the app does not require any internet connection to work, although for now it is only available for pre-paid SIM cards.
VIA, INDIA TODAY