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Surfline 4G Internet Bundles: How to use the Data Calculator – Full Help Guide

Updated on September 8, 2014

Before even recharging your Surfline account, the first thing you should figure out is exactly how many gigabytes (GB) of data you need for your next 30 days of subscription. This will help you determine the amount you need to top-up your account with in Ghana cedis.

Let us assume you randomly browse around for several hours every day, regularly download movies, email attachments, games, and stream audio and videos.

This is when you are confronted with an intriguing question: How many gigabytes of data do you ideally need for a period of 30 days to keep carrying all your desired activities online without having to worry about exhausting your bundle long before it expires?

Fortunately, Surfline has the perfect tool to solve this issue. They call it the Data Calculator (click here to try it).

What this tool does is pretty straightforward. It intelligently gives you recommendations on the monthly amount of gigabyte of data you need. All you have to do is answer basic questions by sliding a few buttons right or left and watch the usage container dynamically estimate your average monthly usage.

To go into details now, here is precisely how the Surfline Data Calculator works.

Surfline's counter dynamically goes and up down as you manipulate the sliders to generate your monthly usage estimate.
Surfline's counter dynamically goes and up down as you manipulate the sliders to generate your monthly usage estimate.

Web Browsing

How many hours do you spend browsing the web per day?

Slide to the right to determine the total amount of daily hours you spend browsing on your PC. It is advisable to specify the hours of browsing on your smartphones and tablets as well, especially if you are using the Surfline MiFi’s wireless connection on your mobile devices (aside your desktop or laptop).

This web browsing slider moves smoothly in blocks of 0.16 hours (equal to 9.6 minutes); with each block corresponding to roughly 96MB. Logically, you need to slide 25 blocks to the right before reaching the 4-hour mark, which in turn corresponds to 2.40GB. In this logic, sliding 75 blocks to the right will give you an estimated basic monthly data usage of 7.20GB, because it corresponds to 12 hours daily of browsing.

Since everyone is recommended to get 8 hours daily of sleep, this slider’s maximum value available is 16 hours.

To get the best results from the Surfline Data Calculator, make sure you include only the actual hours when you are browsing and exclude the moments in between when you are away from the internet. Surfline’s calculator understands that the longer you are browsing, the more data you use.

Generally speaking, the accuracy of the system’s results depends entirely on your level of precision when using the calculator’s sliders.

Remember, the Surfline Data Calculator does not determine exactly how many gigabytes of data you use every month. You should only use it for estimation purposes, with the intent of choosing the best data plan for your needs.

How many images do you upload to social media sites each day?

This slider estimates that you will need approximately 1MB of data to upload a single image on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Therefore, you will require at least 30MB of data to upload an image on social media sites every day, for 30 days (this eventually means a total of 30 pictures).

For 20 images each day on social networks, the Surfline Data Calculator will add 600MB (0.60GB) to its counter’s previous total value.

The maximum value available is 40 images, which equals 1.20GB of estimated data.

Sending Emails

How many emails without attachments do you send and receive per day?

This slider estimates that you need approximately 1.5MB of data to send and receive 1 email without attachments every day, for 30 days. Thus, if you set the slider to 50 emails without attachments per day, the calculator’s container will add a bit more than 70MB (0.07GB) to its previous total value.

If you go all the way to 100 emails without attachments per day, the counter will add roughly 150MB (0.15GB) to its previous overall value.

How many emails with attachments do you send and receive per day?

This slider supposes that you need 60MB of data to send and receive 1 email with attachments every day, for 30 days. Hence, the Surfline calculator will add up 3GB of monthly data to its previous total estimated amount if you set the slider to 50 emails. The maximum value is 100 emails with attachments, which corresponds to 6GB of estimated monthly data.

Applications and Games

How many apps and games do you download per month?

This slider estimates that you need between 7MB and 8MB of data to download a single app or a single game every month. Moving the slider to the value 10 will add around 70MB of data to the calculator’s previous overall value, while the value of 20 will propose you 150MB of data (0.15GB).

Note that this slider of the Surfline calculator may not be reliable if you are a heavy internet user, especially considering that the full PC and app versions of popular games, such as FIFA 14 or Need For Speed, usually come in files reaching one or more gigabytes in size.

Video and Audio Streaming

How many hours do you spend streaming music/audio per day?

The audio streaming slider moves smoothly in blocks of 0.08 hours (4.8 minutes) – with each block corresponding to approximately 144MB (0.144GB) of data. As a result, sliding 25 blocks to the right will take you to the proposed 2-hour mark, which in turn corresponds to 3.6GB of monthly data. Understandably, if you answer the question related to that particular slider by setting it to the 4-hour mark (to specify that you stream audio content 4 hours each day), the Data Calculator will add 7.20GB to its previous overall value.

Note that on many music/audio streaming websites, replaying content over and over again for hours after it has first finished loading will not actually require you to re-download the content every time. For such cases, the calculations of Surfline’s system can be considered defective. However, keep in mind that the calculator is basically built to think that the longer you stream content, the more data you exhaust.

How many hours do you spend streaming videos per day?

Just like the audio streaming slider, the video streaming slider moves in blocks of 0.08 hours equalling 43.2MB each (0.432GB).

Moving the slider to 2 hours of video streaming per day will add up 10.80GB to the Surfline calculator’s total estimated monthly data count. Similarly, sliding all the way to 6 hours of streaming per day will add 32.4GB to the calculation’s total.

Again, just as in the case of the audio streaming slider, the calculator’s estimation for the video streaming slider may not be accurate in the sense that not all video streaming websites keep exhausting data after the requested content has finished loading. And so, in this case, replaying the same video content over and over again for hours may not have any further impact on your activated Surfline bundle.

Downloading

How many movies do you download per month?

The Surfline Data Calculator assumes that a full movie file is exactly 650MB in size. Therefore, moving the slider to 4 movies per month will add 2.60GB to the calculator’s previous total estimated amount.

This slider’s maximum value is 16 movies, which corresponds to 10.40GB.

Choosing the right Surfline internet bundle

The maximum estimated monthly data usage the calculator can return in the end is 85.1GB. It is essential you use the final result wisely to select your ideal Surfline bundle.

The table below gives you clear recommendations on the Surfline data plan you should buy based on the Data Calculator’s monthly usage estimation.

Total monthly estimate
Recommended bundle
Bundle price
1GB or less
1GB
GH₵ 25
1GB - 5GB
5GB
GH₵ 75
5GB - 10 GB
10GB
GH₵ 125
10GB - 20GB
20GB
GH₵ 205
20GB - 50GB or more
50GB
GH₵ 445
The recommended internet data plans in this table stop at 50GB because that is the highest bundle Surfline currently offers. Users in need of more data may however load more credits on their account and enable the auto-subscription feature.

To learn more about Surfline Communications (also referred to as Surfline GH), its modem prices, promo prices and full list of available bundles and devices, read the following related article:

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