Do you keep your data usage to a bare minimum in a month or are you a super user? Data usage sure adds up quickly, and most often is the culprit behind an out-of-hand wireless bill. Thus, we do tend to share quite a few tips on reducing data usage. Hey, we arrest costs…it’s what we do as The Bill Police! We are here to tell you that data consumption — for different types of files — is not created equal.
Data is measured in kilobyte (kb) and its usage is driven by several factors. For example, there is a huge difference between sending a text-only email with no attachments and streaming a video. The email uses approximately 100 kb of data, which is not much at all. In contrast, sit down to watch a movie for 60 minutes, and you have just consumed 358,400 kb. That’s a mere 358,300 kb difference! In other words, you can send 3,584 emails for the same data usage as watching 60 minutes of one movie. And let’s face it, how many movies only last one hour? Many run about 90 minutes, so the data usage jumps to 547,600 kb.
To help you gauge what you’re using in a day, here are some averages:
100 kb = text only email
500 kb = visiting one webpage
61,440 kb = listening to 60 minutes of music
358,400 kb = watching 60 minutes of video
3,072 kb = downloading/uploading one hi-resolution photo
5,120 kb = using navigation for 60 minutes
The variances in kb usage come with adding the visuals. For example, when you add pictures or attachments to an email, they use more kb. You have probably noticed this when working with email on a pc. It allows you to sort by size and those types of messages go right to the top of the sort under categories such as “huge.” Also, the simple act of replying to an email makes the message carry more weight since it includes the original message. Visiting websites that have more elaborate content such as photos and videos will increase the amount of data used as they require more to load.
Text messages are measured as events rather than in kb and are charged per address (recipient) sent or received.
One message sent to one person = one event
One message sent to 10 persons = 10 events
The text messages show up as a tally on the wireless bill as the number sent and received. Wireless plans vary, with some putting a ceiling on the number of texts per month to unlimited options. By understanding how much data and messaging you use in an average month, it positions you well for selecting the right plan to meet your needs.
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