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This question is similar to how long is a piece of string, everybody's different but there is some ways that you can estimate how much you are likely to use.

What's the easiest way?

The easiest way to work out how much data you need to purchase is simply to use one of our  Wi-Fi hotspots, these hotspots provide fixed price access to the Internet on a daily basis. Zone one countries such as the USA, UK, New Zealand and many others provide up to 400MB per day at a fixed price of $16 per day. The best part is that you only pay for the days that you need. This can be the easiest way for many people, because 400 MB a day is a lot of data.

 

What if you want to calculate how much you use anyway?

There's a few ways and none of them are 100% accurate. For some people a good starting point is to check their previous bills and to see how much data they were using on those plans. It is important to remember though, when you travel sometimes your habits will change and therefore your data usage may differ.

Alternatively you could look below and see how much data is used for each of the following activities (these figures are to be used only as a guide as different services vary)

Emails

Text only emails are tiny, each one is likely to be only about 50 kB so if you send or receive 10 every day, then it's only a roundabout 15 MB per month.

When you send emails with attachments which is especially, if you're travelling because you might be sending photos home and things like that, they can be much bigger. For most people about 4 MB per email could be used as a rough guide.

Surfing the web

Try to figure out where to eat, where to stay, what to do and where to go while overseas can often mean visiting a lot of websites. Each website is likely to use at least 1 Mb of data, so finding that ideal restaurant could easily used 10 MB.

Streaming music

These days I know I love to listen to streamed music, I think it's fantastic to be our listen to different music all the time but this does come at a cost. For many services around about 60 MB per hour is roughly what they use.

Watching videos, TV and you tube

How much you use on these services can depend on if you have high definition videos or regular. Either way watching TV on the Internet uses a lot of data. Depending on the quality of the video it may use anywhere from about 7 MB per minute up to 30 MB per minute and so watching a lot of Videos while you're away may not be something that you want to do.

Skype and Viber

One of the best ways to keep in touch while travelling is using Skype and other similar services. Making a call through your phone app on Skype will only use around 1 MB per minute (for a voice only call) and around 8 MB per minute for a video call. Note that if you're using 4G, a lot of services will increase the call quality and so voice calls may take 2 MB per minute and video calls up to 24 MB per minute.

Putting it altogether

Okay, that's a lot of numbers and it's a bit of a hassle to work it all out. That's one reason why we have 300 MB per day for a fixed price. It makes it easy for you, and easy for us to explain. With this package if you go over the 300 MB usage in a day, you simply pay one more day at the same fixed price so it's very easy to calculate.

220 MB per day would roughly work out as:

  • 7 text only emails per day
  • 7 emails with attachments per day
  • 14 websites visited per day
  • 1 hour of listening to streaming music per day
  • 42 minutes on voice calls using Skype per day
  • 10 minutes of video calls using Skype per day

That quite simply is a huge amount for most people while they are travelling and 80 MB per day left over, there is more than enough to make sure you're covered in those times that you need it.

So if you would like to make managing your data while travelling easier, get in touch and we can show you how.

Written by Luke Duggan — November 20, 2014

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