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How exciting is this?!

It is all systems go for our students to go on with their training through a portal that costs them no money. A lot of effort went into getting our videos, our material and some guidance in a process that would prevent the 2020 group to continue with studies and thus not extend to longer than the planned 12 months.

Students have their details for login, but if you do not, contact your facilitator who knows how to get you to log in.

The system takes a photo of you to ensure that you are the one doing the work. You also have your workbook and assignment with you, thus no need to print anything. Keep your book safe, as you need to hand it in to get your qualification.

Also, the data use of this platform and the Spesres website is free. be sure that the link you utilize shows “data-free”, otherwise it is not free. The system will show you when you are moving out of the data-free space.

We are excited, we trust that you are as well.

Lastly, some tips from BiNu regarding data saving:

Always buy a data bundle

If you use apps such as WhatsApp or access the internet from your phone without buying a data bundle from your network provider you will pay the highest price for data. For example, R9.00 can buy you 60MB of data, so each MB costs 15c. Using data without a data bundle costs R1.50 per MB. 10 times as much!

Turn off/restrict background data

  1. Open Settings and tap Data usage.
  2. Scroll down to view a list of your Android apps sorted by data usage (or tap Cellular Data usage to view them).
  3. Tap the app(s) you don’t want to connect to mobile data and select Restrict app background data.

Turn off App auto-update

  1. Open Google Play.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-left.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Auto-update apps.
  5. To disable automatic app updates, select Do not auto-update apps.

Only listen to music or watch videos on a WiFi connection

Viewing text on the internet (for example on a website) uses the least amount of data. Pictures (e.g. Instagram, Facebook) use a lot more data but music (e.g. Simfy, streaming radio stations) and videos (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Showmax, Netflix) use very large amounts of data. If possible only listen to music and watch videos on the internet when you have a WiFi connection.

Use lite apps

Apps like Facebook and Twitter can use a lot of data but both have mobile versions that use less data. If you are on Vodacom, the normal Facebook app can be switched to Data Saver mode. It also includes a data free mode which removes all pictures. If you are on Cell C you can access Facebook and some other apps for free for free through Facebook.

Connect to WiFi where ever possible

A number of malls, coffee shops, taxi ranks and airports have free WiFi

Turn off 4G

If your phone has a 4G data connection turning it off will limit the speed at which the internet is accessed, reducing the amount of data you use. This will also reduce battery usage. To turn off 4G, on your phone go to Settings > Mobile Networks > Network mode and ensure it is not set to 4G or LTE.

Access the internet using an optimised browser

Optimised browsers process internet content so that it uses less data. Leading optimised browsers includes Opera MiniUC Browser, and Google Chrome With Google Chrome you need to switch the Data Saver on. Open Chrome and go to Menu > Settings > Data Saver.

Download Gmail attachments on Wi-Fi only

In Gmail and other email apps make sure you set it so you only download email attachment manually or on WiFi. To set this up on Gmail, open the Gmail app on your phone, go to Menu > Settings >tap your email address > Tick the box if you want to automatically download attachments when connected to WiFi or untick it if you want to download attachments manually

Monitor or disable data hungry apps

Your phone will show you which apps are using the most data. To see apps use the most data go to Settings > Data Usage. The apps will be displayed with the highest data usage first. You may want to consider uninstalling any apps that use a lot of data.

Buy a dual-SIM phone

By using a dual SIM phone you can take advantage of special offers for data and calling from 2 different mobile networks. Set your phone to use the best service from each network.

Written by Rudolf Rautenbach

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