With the huge amount of time we spend online, our phones have become like an extra body part. They help us to keep in touch with friends and family, shop for gadgets and groceries, use our favourite apps, and of course—to place sports and casino bets!
But at what cost?
Although WiFi is more widely accessible than ever before, using data is often still necessary, especially when we’re on the go. Unlimited data plans are expensive and most of us are restricted to just a few gigabytes of free data per month, if any at all.
Data-free betting sites have made betting on a budget easier and we can’t wait to tell you about them! It also helps to know which apps are eating up your bundle, how much data you need to get things done, and how to conserve data as much as possible. So get ready because in this article we’ll hit on all these points and more!
Betway Data Free Site
Betway was the first bookmaker in South Africa to offer a Data Free Site. New customers who register an account now can Claim Your R25 Sign Up Free Bet! To access their site without using any data, use this link to bypass the Betway homepage and visit Betway Data Free.
On the Betway Data Free Site, you can play Sports, Lucky Numbers and even make your 4 To Score predictions whether you have data or not. Data-free deposits using a card or 1Voucher are also available to top up your account.
Supabets Data Free Site
If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Supabets account to Claim Your R1000 Welcome Bonus and get easy access to their Data-Free Site. This site allows you to bet from your phone or desktop without using any of your data, including all pre-match and live sports as well as Supanumbers.
On the Supabets Data-Free Site, you won’t be able to use products such as BetGames, Live Games or Virtual Sports, but we hope these will be included soon! To play on Supabets data-free, you’ll also need an existing account because you cannot currently register as a new player on the Data Free Site. Deposits and withdrawals are also limited to the full Supabets site for the time being.
Tips For Saving Data While Betting (When You Can’t Go Data Free)
Until data-free betting is available across all betting sites, which hopefully it will be soon, we highly recommend following these tips for reducing your data consumption and saving you money.
Connect To WiFi Wherever Possible
You can check if your phone is using WiFi by looking at the top of your screen for the symbol with three curved lines. If you can’t see it, check to see which WiFi networks are available nearby. Many shopping malls, coffee shops, etc. have free WiFi you can connect to for free and save data. If you don’t know the required login details, try asking an employee for help. If you come right, next time you’re there, your phone will automatically connect to the same network.
Get a Monthly Data Plan Or Bundle
If you can afford it, it’s better to get a monthly data plan than top up as you go. The data you get on a monthly contract is much cheaper per GB than buying little bits at a time. If a monthly data plan is not within your budget, try to buy a bundle with as much data as possible at a time. You will always get a much better deal when you purchase more at once, which will help your data last longer.
Set Data Usage Alerts
Set alerts on your phone so you know when you’re about to run out of data and need to start conserving. To turn on data alerts for Android phones, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage > Mobile Data Usage. Then toggle Set Data Warning to on.
For Samsung Galaxy users, go to Connections > Data Usage > Billing Cycle and Data Warning. Here you can choose to Set a Data Warning and/or Limit Mobile Data Usage when you reach a certain amount of data used.
iPhones don’t have a built-in alert system like on Android, but you can always keep track of your data usage under Settings > Cellular. iPhone users can get around this problem by downloading their mobile service provider’s app and setting up alerts there.
Turn Off Background Data For Apps
Some apps use more data than others, and these should be restricted so you aren’t using more data than you need to. To save costs, see which apps are the most data-heavy and then decide which ones you can restrict, turn off or live without.
- Go to Settings
- Tap Connections
- Tap Data Usage
- Tap Mobile Data Usage
- Your Android apps are sorted by their data usage from highest to lowest. To cut out background data usage, tap any app and then toggle Allow Background Data Usage to off.
- Go back and repeat the process until you’ve turned off background data for all the apps you don’t use often.
- Go to Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Background App Refresh
- Toggle Background App Refresh to off. If you don’t want to restrict all apps, leave the switch on (green) and disable specific apps using their individual switches.
Start Betting Data Free
Now that you’re an expert on saving data, take a few minutes to update your phone settings and think carefully next time about where and how you use your mobile data. Data Free Sites are always the way to go when you don’t have WiFi available, but armed with the tips we’ve shared with you here, you’ll be ready for any situation. Also check out this list of websites which are data-free for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown!