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Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Jun 21, 2019

To Pay or Not To Pay

There are millions of apps available for our smartphones and many of them are free to use, which makes them very popular.

One possible downside to many of those free apps is that they use advertising to pay for them, which can be a hidden cost for those that don't have an unlimited data plan.

Another 'tax' that ad-based free apps typically put on your smartphone is a reduction in battery life.

There have been research papers done on this issue that show that the ads use eighty percent more data than apps that don't use ads to pay for them.

Since they tend to load the ads in the background, they can take up more memory and drain batteries faster.

Anyone that's constantly bumping up against their data plan's limits or has to recharge their phone in the middle of the day should pay attention to how many ads are being served in the apps they use.

Free apps may be encroaching on your privacy as well, which you inadvertently gave permission to as another way to pay for 'free apps'.

If you like a free app and they offer an ad-free version for a buck or two, it may be money well spent!