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How Much Data Do You Need When Determining 4G?

Updated on August 4, 2012

That is probably the most common of all questions people ask when shopping for smart phones or mobile 4G devices that can connect anywhere. There are many plans available from all the key players, prices are similar at times, but not always.

The key issue how much data do you use on a daily when hooked to the Internet? There are several ones:

  • Streaming videos
  • Streaming music
  • Downloading apps and games
  • Sending\receiving photos, files and documents
  • Surfing the Web
  • Checking Email

Each one consumes data and space on the broadband. They use it at different rates, so it is good to know what type of user you are.

Most users do all of the listed items, the question is how often. If you do all of them, all the time or on regular basis, you need 10 GB. If you do Email and surf all the time or regularly, get at least 7 GB. If you also send and receive photos, files, you better get 8 GB. However, if you Email, Web and occasionally watch a movie\TV show via the Internet, you need 10 GB. If you do Email, Web, and seldom stream videos\movies or music, you might get by with 9 GB. If you seldom stream video, but not music (or vice versa), 8 GB might be okay.

Basically, if you stream video or music on a regular basis\all the time, even if you never surfed the Web or used Email, you need 10 GB. About 5 GB is needed for those who use the Web and check Email on a regular basis, without any streaming, downloading or sending files and photos.


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