How much mobile data do I need?
Users tend to be classed in one of three groups – light users, medium users and of course, the heavy users – for those of you that just can’t live without a million apps and have your social media on an intravenous feed.
To put it all into context, data packages are usually sold in bundles of megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB) and how much you need depends on your usage. One MB is 1,000 kilobytes (KB) and 1GB is made up of 1,000 MB. So here’s what doing some of the things on your smartphone will add up to in data:
- Email – opening and reading an average email without attachments will use between 10 and 30KB of data, if you add attachments to that then depending on the size of it you could be increasing that data usage to several MB.
- Games – downloading a game uses about 30MB of data and playing them online will eat through twice as much.
- Watching TV and downloading music – a TV show will use up around 95MB and you’d be looking at about six times that for a movie. Downloading a song can be anything from 3MB to 10MB.
Popular bundles include ones that give you 500MB of data – this loosely translates as 500,000 basic emails or 1,000 with attachments; downloading 100 songs or an hour of TV. Larger packages start at 1GB of data which will give you roughly enough data to download 200 songs, watch two hours of TV and read a million basic emails or 2,000 with attachments.