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Are You Too Clever For Mobile Data?

Axel Nash

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There are high chances that you use mobile data almost every day. However, if someone ever came to you and asked you this question, what would you say? What is mobile data? What comes to your mind?

There are high chances that you use mobile data almost every day. However, if someone ever came to you and asked you this question, what would you say? What is mobile data? What comes to your mind? 

mobile data

Besides that, we will be informing you a lot more about data usage. So, to know more about mobile data and how to manage it, you better keep reading.

Part 1: Has Anyone Mentioned This Unique Definition of "MDM" Yet?

Let's dive into more details about mobile data. What does mobile data mean? Worry no more because we have the answer to that. Besides the definition, we will also look at various uses of mobile data and how it works. Check it out!

1. What Is Mobile Data?

Mobile data can be referred to as the alternative to a Wi-Fi connection. This is because both of them play the same role by allowing you to connect to the internet. However, without either of them, you cannot browse websites, stream videos, and visit social media platforms, but to mention a few. So, the next time you can't do such things, you probably don't have mobile data, and you are also not somewhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

How does mobile data work? As illustrated below, your mobile phone sends a request for a file or a page available on the internet. If you have mobile data, the message will reach the server hosting that file or page. Consequently, the server will send it to you, and you will be in a position to access the information from your mobile phone. It is important to note that your internet service provider plays a role in facilitating communication.

What Is Mobile Data

2. The Truth about Unlimited Data and Data Limits

People have the wrong idea about unlimited data offered by most data plans. Is yours right, or are you part of that team? What about hearing the truth about it and then being the judge of where you stand? As much as the providers term it as unlimited, very few live to the mark. On the contrary, they set a cut-off point. Therefore, once you reach it, your internet speed decreases drastically.

It is also important to note that it is the same concept that limited plans use nowadays. Consequently, you won't end up using a lot of money once you reach your data limit.

Part 2: How to Train Your Cellular Consciousness of Data Usage Management?

Keep in mind that there are several ways of managing your data. If you have no idea, this segment highlights the most common and effective ones. It also explains why you shouldn't ignore data usage management. Read on!

Now that you know both limited and unlimited data plans have their limit, it becomes essential to ensure that you don't do it. That's because once it is reached, the connection will be pathetic. Is there something as annoying and frustrating as a slow internet connection? As for me, I don't find something that beats it. Data usage management will ensure that you don't reach it to enjoy fast internet fully.

However, if you end up suffering the same fate despite practicing data usage management, don't blame it. It has not failed you. On the contrary, your needs require a lot of mobile data. Therefore, it is high time that you think about trying out a new plan.

Data Usage Management

A video to guide you and help you understand the concept better:

Ways to Manage Mobile Data Usage

  • There are several ways of managing your mobile data usage. Check them out!
  • You can use some data management apps, including My Data Manager and Google's Datally.
  • Turn on the data saver mode if you use Android 8.0 and above.
  • Ensure that your phone can notify you when approaching a certain amount of data by setting a data limit.
  • Always use Wi-Fi connection over mobile data if the former is available.
  • Turn off your mobile data when not in use.
  • Turn off background data as well.

Part 3: Figure Out How Much Data Do You Really Need?

How much data do you need to complete watching a movie on Netflix? This section answers that and also discusses data usage on other platforms. Keep in mind that they are just estimates made from averages. Nevertheless, they will give you a rough idea of what amount of data you need to use various apps.

1. YouTube

How much data you use on YouTube depends on several things. One of them is the video quality that you need. An hour of watching YouTube videos could use an average amount of data between 300 MB and 3 GB of your mobile data, depending on the quality.

Data Summary Data Used in a Minute
144p: 80MB 144p: 1.3MB
240p: 200MB 240p: 3.3MB
360p: 300MB 360p: 5MB
480p: 500MB 480p: 8.3MB
720p: 1.5GB 720p: 25MB
1080p: 3GB 1080p: 3GB
1440p (HD): 5.5 GB 1440p (HD): 90MB
2160p (4K UHD): 14 GB 2160p (4K UHD): 233MB
4320p (8K FUHD): 54 GB 4320p (8K FUHD): 900MB


2. Netflix

Like any other video streaming platform, the video quality you select will determine the amount of mobile data you will use. The service has three video versions, Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Definition (HD), and Standard Quality (SD), from the highest to the lowest video quality. The range between what you would use to stream each of them is 0.3 GB to 7 GB per hour.

Data Summary Data Used in 1.5 hours
Low: 0.3GB Low: 0.48GB
Medium: 0.7GB Medium: 1.12GB
High (HD): 3GB High (HD): 4.8GB
High (UHD): 7GB High (UHD): 11.2GB


3. Spotify

In this case, the primary determinant is the audio quality. Here is the average hourly data usage:

  • Normal: 40MB
  • High: 70MB
  • Extreme: 150MB


4. Pandora

If you are a free user, your only option is the standard sound quality. However, there are two more settings available for the rest, higher and lower settings.

Average Hourly Data Usage Average Minute Data Usage
Low (32Kbps): 14.4MB Low (32Kbps): 240KB
Standard (64Kbps): 22.8MB Standard (64Kbps): 480KB
High (192Kbps): 86.4MB High (192Kbps): 1.44MB


5. Pokémon Go

When it comes to Pokémon Go, data usage differs from one player to the other. However, it is pretty low compared to other apps. After all, you can spend between 10MB and 50MB in a day.

Pokémon Go

6. Google Maps

You are probably wondering how much Google Maps use. Here is an estimate: You can use 0.67MB to cover 10 miles or 0.73MB in 20 minutes.

Google Maps

Part 4: What Do You Think of the Famous 5G?

5G is now here with us, and the likes of mobile data are making the access possible. However, as much as 5G is quite fast, one must admit that it is yet to reach its full potential. As a matter of fact, compared to the difference between 3G and 4G, what one can see between 4G and 5G might seem like a joke. However, there is relatively little difference. There is also the issue with the coverage, which is only perfect in the urban areas. Finally, one can't fail to mention its timing which has led to misconception.

For the record, that's far from the truth. The two may have come around the same time, but they; are indeed unrelated. Let this not hinder you from enjoying the benefits that come with a 5G internet connection.

Pros Cons
The internet speed is relatively high. Its coverage is still limited.
It has low latency. It weakens device batteries.
It also has more bandwidth /
Its capability is more /
It is also powering innovation /


Key Takeaways from This Episode

The meaning and importance of mobile data, data limits, and data usage are now at your fingertips.

In addition, you have the tips to help you manage your data and how much data you need to use some platforms.

Last but not least, the advantages and disadvantages of a 5G network are also at your disposal.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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