When we talk to people who are considering Republic Wireless, one of the top questions we get is, “how much data do I need?” Trying to determine how much data you need can be tricky, especially in a world where carriers are trying to sell you on the myth of unlimited plans. The fact is, an unlimited data plan is an expensive insurance policy – one that the other carriers are hoping you’ll buy. The average cell phone user on an unlimited plan is paying for almost 18GB of unused data! Just think what you could do with all that extra money!
With widespread publicly available WiFi and some savvy data-saving skills, most users don’t need this one-size-fits-all plan. In fact, the Republic Wireless community is so savvy that our average member uses less than 1GB each month.
So, what exactly are they getting for that 1GB each month? How much is 1GB of data? What actually contributes to data usage and what does it mean for you? How far can you go with 1GB of data? Let’s take a look:
|Action performed on your smartphone:||100MB of on-network cellular data gets you:||0.5GB (500 MB) of on-network cellular data gets you:||1GB of on-network cellular data gets you:|
|Emails sent/received with attachments during your power lunch||1,200 emails (that’s a lot of meeting invites!)||5,900 emails (someone's popular...)||11,600 emails (dude...get a computer)|
|Streaming your favorite jams on Spotify||3 hours of music streaming (enough for work and back and a few errands too if you like)||18 hours of music streaming (enough for every Fleetwood Mac song ever released)||34 hours of music streaming (maybe it's time to host a dance marathon?)|
|Surfing the Web (do the kids still say surfing?)||6 hours of web-surfing (knowledge is power!)||35 hours of web-surfing (you can take those Buzzfeed quizzes every day and still not run out of data!)||70 hours of web-surfing (put down the Reddit!)|
|Updating your status on Facebook with photos||300 posts (of every meal you eat for an entire month. What more could anyone ask for!?)||1500 posts w/ pictures (the holidays are right around the corner!)||3000 posts (perfect for any Facebook-using parents of small babies and children).|
|Streaming YouTube or Netflix||30 min of standard video (learn how to install a tile backsplash!)||2 hours of standard video (the full length of The Graduate - and more)||4 hours of standard video (make it a double feature)|
|Downloading apps/games from Google Play||25 downloads (you can get Angry Birds, Star Wars Angry Birds, Star Wars Angry Birds II, and Angry Birds Rio!)||125 downloads (yep, there's an app for that.)||250 downloads (your nickname is officially “Swiss Army Knife” with all those apps.)|
|GPS (varies per app – click for a helpful tip)||About 5.5 MB per 1 hour trip x 100 MB = 18 hours (you could go visit grandma!)||About 5.5 MB per 1 hour trip x 500 MB = 91 hours (you could go visit grandma...a lot!)||About 5.5 MB per 1 hour trip x 1,000 MB = 182 hours (um, we don’t know where you’re trying to go, but you won't have any trouble finding your way back!)|
You can get a lot more out of 1GB or even 500MB than I initially thought – especially by following some super simple data-saving tips, like limiting your cellular use on common apps and setting your apps to only update over WiFi rather than over cell. I hope this chart helps you see just how much you can do with just 1GB of data, so you can join the rest of the Republic Wireless community and save money by not having a pricy unlimited plan. Remember, you can always use your Republic app to add cell data on demand whenever you want and track your usage.
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