mobile internet

When you are looking at getting a new mobile phone contract you will want to make sure that you get what you need for the best price; that includes the amount of mobile internet data usage the contract allows you before you hit extra charges.

Internet data is calculated in ‘bits’ of digital information known by its multiples as kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes. A thousand kilobytes make one megabyte and a thousand megabytes make one gigabyte. Mobile phone contracts usually cap the amount of those that you can use each month; once you have reached that limit, additional charges will be made, unless you take out an unlimited internet use contract.

Think about how you use your phone and how often and how you use it to access the internet and internet based services. These can include surfing the web, watching television programs or movies, playing online games, downloading and/or listening to music. All of these use data. If you use your phone and the internet through it for work, for example keeping up with your email on the go, this will also increase the amount of data you use, especially if the emails you receive contain attachments such as lengthy documents. Activities use different amounts of data. Even data intensive activities such as video streaming can vary greatly depending on pixel densities. According to Netflix, watching a video for an hour uses about 300 megabytes on its lowest setting, but this shoots all the way up to 7GB per hour for its ultra HD offering (and about 3GB per hour for 1080p).

Music streaming generally costs less to stream than video, with spotifies standard quality setting using about 50 megabytes per hour, up to about 138 megabytes per hour for their highest quality setting.

What’s important to remember is that most streaming service will base the quality you receive on the speed of your connection at that time. This can result in faster 4g connections seemlingly eating through a data allowance faster than slower connections.

If you use your phone to surf the internet for an hour your data useag could vary even more, although static web pages generally use much less data than media streaming. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, interestingly, do not use up a lot of data.

If you want to think of yourself as an ‘average’ user, you will keep probably keep up with your personal emails if you are expecting something important, surf the web a little each day, and maybe use one or more social media sites. You may search the web for information when travelling, check on online auction sites and so on. For this you will not need a large amount of data.

If you already use the internet a lot and want to keep right up to date with emails and watch movies when travelling, you will need more. If you use your phone for work that will heighten your data usage.

If you took out a contract with unlimited internet data usage, you could of course use your phone for all of the activities you may currently use other devices, such as laptop, tablet or pc to perform.