Bits, bytes, kilobytes, megabytes… you don’t really care what they are, as long as your phone bill doesn’t have any nasty surprises. But when it comes to choosing a new contract, how do you know which one is right for you? 1GB of data a month is perfect for some, but do you know how many videos you can stream on your phone with this much data, how often you can update your Facebook or how many emails you can read?
If you’re like me and your smartphone rarely leaves your hand then you probably use more data than you realise. If you catch up on your tv programmes on your evening commute, you could use around 1GB with an hour and a half of streaming. Of course, what you can do depends on your own lifestyle and habits. Most people tend to use the internet on their phones gradually throughout the month rather than spend their full allowance in one go. Their usage averages about 34MB a day.
But is 34MB enough to see you though an average day of social media, streaming and downloading? It’s quite hard to visualise, so we’ve tried to make it a bit more tangible, and this is where our infographic comes in. In it we compare a typical day in the life of a phone on a 1GB contract to what you can do with all-you-can-eat data on your smartphone.
It really makes you think about the data you use and how much you rely on the internet on your phone.
Of course even if you feel like 1GB of data is all you’re likely to need, with Three you still don’t need to worry about bill shock as all our customers receive text alerts if they reach their data limits. So there’s no danger of any of those nasty surprises, whether you’ve got All You Can Eat data or not.