A popular choice among people of every generation, smartphones allow you to communicate via phone calls and text messages. They also offer many other possibilities for connection and entertainment. You can utilize navigation services, play games, search the internet, and so much more. These activities require data, and everyone uses that data differently. To find the perfect data plan for your needs, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself.
You may already know this. But if you don’t, let’s look at the real benefits of data plans.
Much like WiFi, data allows fast, secure, wireless access to the internet. Unlike WiFi, data doesn’t require connection to a router to do so. Devices with a data plan get the best of both worlds: you can connect to the internet via WiFi or you can access the internet using data only.
There’s no simple answer to that question. Your smartphone and how you use it, is unique to you. There are a few things you need to consider to discover how much data you need. Use the following points to draft up a personal “data budget.” You can use your budget to select the plan that works best for you!
Data allows users to do a multitude of things, from streaming movies to sending emails. Each data driven task requires a different amount of data.
1 GB of data per month will get you approximately:
- 30 minutes of streaming HD videos or
- 2 hours of streaming SD videos or
- 350,000 emails or instant messages or
- Stream 200 songs (audio only!) or
- 5 hours on Instagram or
- 10 hours on Facebook or
- 30 hours of internet / emailing
Data usage adds up quickly. Just 30 minutes of video streaming could use an entire GB of data! As you input these various activities into your data budget, estimate a slightly higher usage than you might expect month to month. It’s better to have enough data than to go over!
Another important consideration is WiFi. Smartphones utilize data, but only when they aren’t connected to WiFi. If you plan to primarily use your smartphone at home while on your personal WiFi, you should take that into account when creating your data budget. If you plan to connect to WiFi, you’ll use less data.
Sharing plans is a great way to save money! But it’s also important to take everyone’s data usage into account when you pick a plan. Each person on the plan should create their own data budget. Sum everyone’s estimates to determine how much data you’ll need on your shared plan.
At PureTalk, there are no contracts, no unexpected or excessive fees. You simply select the plan that will work best for your needs. Use these tips to determine exactly which PureTalk plan is right for you.