Netflix has added a new feature to its mobile apps that should help lower your phone bill. It's a data saver feature, and it lets you adjust the quality of the video you're streaming in order to use less data and hence save money on your phone bill.
By default, the app adjusts the video quality to allow about three hours of streaming per gigabyte of data. According to Netflix, this offers the best balance between data use and quality when streaming. Though obviously you can change that.
You get options for low, medium and high quality streaming – these allow for four hours, two hours and one hour of watching per gigabyte of data respectively.
There's also a setting for people with unlimited data plans, though it's worth checking with your phone network. Sometimes unlimited doesn't actually mean unlimited.
And if you don't want to use any of your data allowance, there's also an option for streaming just over Wi-Fi.
There is a caveat, though. If you choose the higher quality option, your mobile network might still place its own limit on bandwidth.
The feature is rolling out now for both the iOS and Android app.