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How long you really do have 1 GB of mobile data

Semiemmy2 06/25/2020

How long you really do have 1 GB of mobile data

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As smartphones and their mobile network capabilities get faster, so does their hunger for data. 

This is not necessarily a problem when you have uncapped fiber and a wireless router at home and at work, but if you use mobile data exclusively, you might find yourself spending more than you would expect.

Mobile data is significantly more expensive than fixed broadband products , making it all the more painful in half the time you expect when you burn through a 1 GB bundle. 

The "disappearing data" problem can often be attributed to background services which use data without your knowledge.

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In addition , mobile media quality, increased mobile connection speeds, and increased application data use have resulted in more data being consumed than ever before. 

1 GB Handy Data 

1 GB of mobile data seems a fair amount, but it won't get you as far as you think – especially if you don't have a different Internet connection.

We measured mobile use of data across multiple apps using a modern, high-end smartphone with applications on default settings. 

Use of data was measured over different periods of time using the My Data Manager app, and then used to calculate a usage rate per minute for each app being tested.

The results of that test are below. 


Use by minute of data: 


YouTube – 7.48 million 

WhatsApp-400 KB (voice call) 

Netflix – from 3.42 MB 

Instagram (Tales)-6.6 MB 

6.26 MB Facebook 

0.47 MB Google Maps 

Mailing – 0.32 MB

This gives a rough idea of how much each application uses over time, but the usage habits of everyone differ-especially when it comes to social media. 

We used a BroadbandSearch report that detailed the average time users spend on social media to calculate an example of the daily use of mobile data.

Usage time 1 GB 

Figures from this report include time spent on social media across all platforms – not just on the mobile. 

To get an idea of mobile-only daily use, we split the time that was spent accordingly.

For example, we used half the daily figure on Facebook and Instagram to provide the daily use of someone who evenly splits their time between their PC and smartphone on those platforms. 

We also included 15 minutes of active email usage and 30 minutes of navigation on Google Maps, as well as 30 minutes of mobile streaming on Netflix per day.

While most Netflix Wi-Fi subscribers would not stream mobile data, the example below shows daily usage of data without Wi-Fi access. 

Below is an example of every day mobile data use, depending on the time spent on each app.

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ApplicationDaily useDataYouTube13 minutes97MBInstagram27 minutes178MBFacebook29 minutes182MBNetflix30 minutes103MBWhatsApp28 minutes11.2MBGoogle Maps30 minutes14.1MBEmail15 minutes4.8MBDaily Data Usage590.1MBB

The above case would apply to someone who has spent an average amount of time on their phone but lacked access to Wi-Fi. 

Users with a Wi-Fi connection can use far fewer mobile data every day, and their consumption of Netflix and YouTube may increase due to their access to cheaper or uncapped data.

If your routine is identical to the one listed above and you rely solely on mobile data, you 'd last just under two days on 1 GB of mobile information. 

You 'd need just over 18 GB to make this through a calendar month.

However, there are a number of measures you can take to improve your data usage, including reducing the quality of YouTube videos and shows on Netflix. 

You should also disable autoplay videos on your various social media applications, as these are downloaded under default settings in high quality.

WhatsApp was by far the most efficient app, though the use of data can increase considerably if you transfer media through the app.

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