Your smartphone could save you a fortune

News

From petrol to gas, your phone could save a lot of money.
by
Your smartphone could save you a fortune

Smartphones have near endless uses. They help us get work done, keep us in touch with people, entertain us and even keep us fit and healthy. But did you know your smartphone can help save you money?

Take the school run, for example. Sitting in traffic wastes hundreds of pounds in petrol. Waze is an app that gives you live updates so you can avoid the jams and save fuel.

Phones can help cut home energy bills too. Ever left a light on? Phillips Hue is a smart light bulb that can be turned on or off from your phone no matter where you are. The Belkin WeMo Switch does the same thing for plug sockets so anything can be turned off remotely.

The biggest bill in the home is heating, and a smartphone can help there too. EverSense is a smart thermostat that uses your phone’s GPS to know where you are. If it’s cold and you’re on your way home, it’ll turn on automatically. And when you’re out, it’ll make sure your boiler’s off.

Never charge your phone again

It’s all well and good making savings with the latest app tech, but keeping your phone fully charged can be expensive. Npower says wasted electricity from charging phones, like when you leave your phone plugged in overnight, costs enough to power a town the size of Canterbury.

Soon, however, our phones and tablets will tap into sources of free power so we never have to plug in again.

Japanese phone maker Kyocera has already shown off a smartphone with a solar panel built into its screen so you get unlimited free power.

Recent research has also shown how the Wi-Fi signals coming from your broadband router can be turned into electricity without slowing down your internet.

With technology like this, your next smartphone will pay for itself in no time.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Get the lowdown on refurbished phones, and find out whether one might be right for you. We answer al

23 May, 2018
Are you thinking of buying your child his or her first phone? We've rounded up a...
22 May, 2018
If your child is new to their Android phone – it may well be their first ever phone...
22 May, 2018
Worried about using all your mobile data on Fortnite - or any other game? Read our...
18 May, 2018
Google's Android P operating system update is the most ambitious yet. Here are five...
17 May, 2018
The Samsung Galaxy A8 is an affordable mid-range smartphone with some truly flagship...

16 May, 2018
Monqi is a unique version of Android, designed for children. Through an accompanying...
15 May, 2018
Honor has launched the Honor 10 smartphone at an exclusive event in central London....
12 April, 2018
If you find yourself confused by the mention of 5G, don't worry. We answer any questions...
9 April, 2018
Check out the brilliant new Sony Xperia XZ2, out now at Carphone Warehouse. It’s...
27 March, 2018
Huawei has just announced its new P20 smartphone series at its Paris event today....
16 March, 2018
We invited our favourite grime legend Big Narstie along to Carphone Warehouse HQ...
2 March, 2018
Following another successful Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we're rounding up...
25 February, 2018
Check out all the brand new features on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ soon available...
25 February, 2018
Nokia has an exciting collection of new smartphones – The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, Nokia...
21 February, 2018
The BBC has launched a spectacular new augmented reality app, Civilisations AR, to...
9 February, 2018
We've got some great news for fans of role-playing games. Final Fantasy XV Pocket...
6 February, 2018
Android Oreo is Google's latest operating system, and it's rolling out to all the...