3 Scary Ways Your iPhone Is Draining Your Bank Account

June 7, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Style

3 Ways Your iPhone Is Draining Your Bank Account

Many of us wouldn’t dream of living without our iPhones and we accept that we’re going to pay for the luxury and security of our devices. Considering how much we rely on our phones each day and how they do everything from keep our lives organized to allow us to connect with people we haven’t seen in a million years, it’s understandable that our smartphones are an investment.


But one thing your iPhone should never do? Drain your bank account and make you wonder whether you should pay rent this month or keep your phone. Keep you iPhone bill down by staying aware of these three common reasons why your iPhone could be costing you a lot more money than necessary.

Cellular Data

Figuring our how much data you actually use may require a bit of trial and error at first. It may be tempting to purchase a plan with the lowest amount of data because you don’t want to spend more than you use. The problem with doing this is that if you’re not cautious — or haven’t set up a system in which your provider texts or emails you with warnings when you’re about to go over your data —your cell phone bill may shock you. Some providers charge a substantial amount when you go over your megabytes. If this keeps happening to you, it could be worth your while to shop around for a better deal (or unlimited data coverage) from another provider or to increase the megabytes you get on your original plan.

Broken Screens And iPhones

Few iPhone owners live a happy life of smartphone ownership without encountering a crack or two in their screens (or worse, especially if you have pets or toddlers). These devices may be sturdy, but they sure aren’t indestructible. Consider protecting your phone with an iPhone case and if you really want to keep your iPhone for years to come, it may be worth it for you to invest in an insurance policy with Apple that covers certain damages to your phone.

App Purchases

Believe it or not, app purchases can add up to pretty penny — even if you’re purchasing so-called free apps. Oftentimes free apps lure you in and the promise they fulfill is only possible after you spend money. Closely tracking your app purchases and requiring that a password be entered every time an app is purchased are two ways to keep yourself and family members from running up an iPhone bill from acquiring one too many apps.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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