As you know, I now have my own flat (will move this week!), and with moving comes expenses… going through line items in my budget a while ago, I noted that phone/internet/state license fees add up to quiiiite a bit on a yearly basis.
The last bit might need a bit of explaining for non-Danes. Here in Denmark, you’re required to pay a license fee to the state if you have a TV/tablet/computer/smartphone whether or not you actually use the device to access public service media. This alone adds up to a couple of hundred of dollars per year – for access to programmes I never watch… Looking through my budget to locate other things that stood out, my eyes fell on the broadband and my phone bill. Maybe I could do with just the data plan on my phone? With the working hours I am going to keep when I start working full time from September, I won’t have time to spend hours online at home anyway and my mum thinks it sounds nice if I would come home to watch dramas together with her sometimes on weekends anyway.
I couldn’t find a plan online which matched my needs so I called my phone provider to ask about possibilities to remodel my plan so I would have more data and fewer calling hours included. The guy on the other end of the line told me that actually they were planning to launch a new product which would have a structure much more suitable for my needs and which happened to be half the price of my existing plan. He offered to sign me up for some sort of waiting list and when it finally launched he would change my plan and refund the difference in price that would have accrued while I was on the waiting list. Yes please!!! My new plan is now functional and I got a notice that I will get money back 🙂
The result is that I won’t have wifi at home, but I will only have 15 GB data per month, which should be enough to keep up with my skyping sessions with my family abroad and with my Korean tutors and language partner, e-mails, the odd search for information and blogging – assuming I write while offline. But I probably won’t have data for much more than that… That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as I’m trying to spend less time online as it is. Who knows, maybe I will even end up studying much more Korean when my internet access diminishes radically 😉