Many different service providers will structure their plans to suit your needs. Some might include more talk time, while other offer more data for the same price. It’s important to choose a plan that suits your needs and provides everything you need on a month to month basis. Some might find it difficult to work out just how much data they needed, which is why this guide to outline the most common data uses and give you a better idea of what the most popular apps and options will require. You can then use them to work out how much data you need by calculating how often you use each of these services.
We’ve all heard about kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes, but many aren’t sure about what they mean or how it works. To simplify this, there is 1,000kb (kilobytes) in 1mb (megabyte), 1,000 megabytes in 1gb (gigabyte), and finally, 1,000gb in 1tb (terabyte). To put this into perspective, we will use data usage on apps to give you an idea of just how much it is.
Keep in mind we have no included the download requirements for each of these apps for which you will need to add additional data to cover downloads. However, if possible, we highly recommend doing updates and downloads when connected to Wi-Fi at a coffee shop, at home, or at a friends place.
Commonly used Apps and the Data they Consume
Browsing the Internet, opening websites and doing Google searches only use around 150kb to 2mb per website. This means you can do a lot of searching, opening pages, looking at things and reading up on things with 100mb. Smartphone devices already have this built in, meaning no apps are required unless you want something specific.
Streaming music can lead to quite a bit of data usage, but it also depends on the quality of the song. On average, you can expect to use 1mb to 5mb per song, meaning if you stream music online all day, you will need to set aside quite a lot of data. For example, listening to 10 songs will result in an average of 25mb, which isn’t bad for a day, but would go up to 750mb if you do it every day. It’s better to download the songs you like and create playlists, downloading a song on iTunes consumes about 10mb, but that’s once off.
Social media is used multiple times a day, which could lead to some data usage, but not a whole lot. However, if you are the type of person who uploads many pictures, be sure to check the quality on your camera, lowering the quality could save a lot of data. Typical usage with a few photo uploads will add to about 10mb a day, but it can increase by a lot when watching videos. As long as you manage your data usage on social media platforms, you won’t need to worry about spending all your data on browsing what your friends are up to.