Data allowances – how much data do I need?

Have you ever asked yourself ‘how much data do I need’? Whether downloading a movie or streaming a playlist over 3G or 4G, you’re using up precious data. But consumers remain unclear as to how much data they’re actually using each time they open an email, use FaceTime or scroll through Twitter. And that means millions are paying for data they don’t need, just to be on the safe side.

Data is measured in units of kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB) and data usage can vary from person to person. From browsing the internet to sending emails, from playing games to watching films we all use our devices differently. The trouble is you still need to know how much data you’re going to need each month.

How do I work out what data allowance to choose?

With apps requiring access to data services, it can be hard to work out how much data is used. You can check exact usage on your phone, tablet or computer. You can find out on most devices by going into settings to review data giving you an overall picture of how much data you’re using. The following is a good guide:

Activity Data consumption
One hour web browsing 10 – 25MB
Download a document 2MB
One hour of Facebook 20MB
Download a music track 4MB
Stream 30 minutes of YouTube 175MB
Download a non-HD film 700MB-1GB
Download an HD film 4GB
Stream one hour of HD video 2GB
Stream one hour of HD video 2GB
Stream one hour of music or radio 150MB

(Information taken from a number of providers, including BT, Virgin Media, and Vodafone)

With this information and an honest assessment of how you use your devices you should be able to make a pretty good guess at how much data you’ll get through.

At Buzz Wireless we can help you assess your data requirements and match you up to the best data plan for you. Call us today on 0800 037 5555 or contact us.