6 tips for podcasts and streaming services as a mobile learning tool: equipment, cell phone tariffs, technology {review}

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Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular. Especially podcasts and streaming services play an important role. Which equipment and which technology is necessary here and what should be considered when choosing the right mobile phone tariff?

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Mobile Further Training with podcasts

For mobile training with podcasts, podcast apps such as Pocket Casts or Beyond Podcast, which podcasts subscribe to and download to the smartphone. Depending on the version, they cost a few euros.

In this way, the latest episode of an app can be listened to on the phone at any time or download one of the past episodes from the archive. In addition, the playback speed can also be controlled.

Streaming vs. podcasts

However, many podcasts can also be accessed directly via the website: they can be called up via a hyperlink and downloaded via a browser, for example. Then you can download it to a mobile phone and play it there with the player of the smartphone.

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Streaming services are also becoming increasingly important, in which the podcast episodes can be played directly on the mobile phone without downloading. This happens for example via streaming media portals such as podcast.de or podbay.fm. The play button is then directly on the website. But pure streaming offers like Netflix can be used as an entertaining educational offer due to their many documentations, like Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®-author Dr. Anja C. Wagner Explained in detail in the video above.

What options are there for a mobile phone contract?

If you want to use such features, you need at least a good Wi-Fi connection to stream podcasts at home or download them preloaded in the app. Anyone who wants to stream and listen to podcasts on the go, without downloading them in advance, needs a corresponding mobile phone contract with a data flatrate.

The most important options include data volume, free minutes and free SMS. The data volume is required for uploading and downloading data or for surfing the Internet. With free minutes and free SMS the number is limited, with a so-called “Allnet Flat”, calls can be made free of charge to all German networks.

Criteria for choosing the right mobile phone contract

Besides these three key points, there are Providers of mobile phone contracts such as 1 and 1 many more choices like the data transfer rate, which indicates the Internet speed. LTE is currently the fastest mobile Internet. Another criterion may be, for example, when roaming abroad, the roaming fee, which sets the rates for internet rates abroad.

In addition, an exciting alternative can be pure data plans, such as those at Mobilcom Debitel finds: With these simcards you cannot make phone calls, you can only use the internet. In return, these data tariffs are much cheaper. To solve this technically, you either need a smartphone with dual sim version, several cell phones - or a mobile modem to which several devices can conveniently be connected.

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6 tips for choosing the right mobile phone tariff

  1. One problem is contracting. With the conclusion of the mobile phone contract you are usually bound to 2 years to him. A few months before the end of the contract you can complete a new one with many mobile operators and then get the new device. The new contract is paid only after the old one.
  2. Very quickly you have completed an unwanted subscription. To prevent this from happening, you should have a third-party block set up by the provider at the beginning of the contract.
  3. The contract will automatically renew after expiration. A note reminds you of the timely notice before the notice period has expired.
  4. There are numerous providers of mobile phone contracts. One of the most well-known mobile service providers is 1 and 1, which among other things offers mobile phone contracts. On the website of the provider can be found current offers and mobile phone contracts.
  5. If you do not want to pay a high monthly fee, you should pay a higher one-off device price. If you prefer to pay a lower device price at the beginning, you must increase the monthly fee.
  6. In most cases it is worth canceling the contract and concluding a new one. The new mobile phone contract often offers better conditions.

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  1. Marco

    Thanks for the very informative article, that really makes you want more.

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