The spookiest smartphone superstitions


WhistleOut
13 January 2017

Black cats and broken mirrors are said to be bad luck, but for this Friday the 13th, we thought we'd take a look at a few common smartphone superstitions. Fortunately, none of these involve seven years of misfortune!

Prepaid is worse than postpaid

There's a belief that since prepaid is cheaper than postpaid, it must be worse. This isn't quite true. You don't necessarily got all the flashy add-ons you'd find in a postpaid plan, but prepaid services use the exact same networks as a telco's postpaid plans, and provide the exact same kind of connection. In some cases, they're even better value, and since you've got a hard cap, there's also no risk of bill shock!

Major telcos like Telstra and Optus are also trying to make their prepaid plans more attractive by throwing in bonuses that were typically exclusive to postpaid, such as data-free access to music streaming services.

Take a look at some of the best prepaid plans available below.

Carrier Inclusions  
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 5GB Prepaid
  • 5GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $25
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • $29.90 National Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $29.90
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $30 Prepaid Recharge
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $30 + $2 Upfront
Yomojo
Yomojo
  • Unlimited + 7GB Prepaid
  • 7GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $39.90
Optus
Optus
  • Prepaid Ultimate Plus - $40 Recharge
  • 7GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40
Telstra
Telstra
  • $40 Pre-Paid Extra™
  • 5GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40

A night in rice will fix a water damaged phone

Before water-resistant phones were widely available, the common suggestion for fixing a water damaged device was leaving it in a bag of uncooked rice overnight. It's thought that the rice will absorb the moisture out of a phone and bring it back to life. While this can work, it's not a guaranteed solution, and other options like silica gel can actually work better at absorbing water.

The fact you can't actually remove the battery from most phones now doesn't help either, as it makes it harder for them to dry out. If you actually want to save a water-damaged phone, you might be better off trying to take it apart (water-damage has likely already voided your warranty), blowing any water off (don't use heat) and then adding it to rice or silica gel. 

But if you really need a phone that will survive water damage, check out our guide on the best water-resistant phones currently on the market.

Buying a phone on a contract is better value

People often say that you should buy a phone on a contract, rather than outright. While this can save you a big outright purchase, locking yourself into a 24 month contract can end up costing more than buying the phone you want and jumping on a SIM-only plan. Of course, this all depends on what phone you're after, and which providers you're looking at.

For an example of how this can work, take a look at our guide to buying the iPhone 7.

Wireless radiation is dangerous

There is no evidence linking mobile phone usage to cancer. Don't buy those stupid anti-radiation stickers or cases for your phone, they're made by snake oil salesmen who use fear as a marketing tool.

Closing background applications saves battery

While it might seem like closing apps you aren't using improve your phone's performance, this isn't the case on either Android or iPhone. Both operating systems will keep apps you're not using paused in your phone's RAM, which in turn, lets them open faster. By shutting it down, you're forcing the phone to reload the app next time you open it, which can actually use more battery life.

Apps that actively use your GPS in the background can however be an exception to this. If you're trying to get the most mileage out of your phone's battery, it might be worth closing Apple Maps or Google Maps after you're done with them, for example.


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