Do You Know What’s Eating Up Your Data Plan?


Are you familiar with how much mobile data you use on a monthly basis? If not, then you’re not alone. Nearly 50% of people have no idea how much data they use each month on their smartphone. That’s why we found this infographic from Xigo particularly helpful in understanding how our typical online activities impact our monthly data limit (they’re a lot more bandwidth intensive than we imagined).

  • It may surprise you to discover that the average HD movie download is a whopping 4.8 GB; heck, even the average SD movie is 2GB.
  • If you stream movies instead of downloading them, then 1.5 hours of HD video will eat up 1 GB of data, while SD video takes a little over 4 hours to do the same.
  • And if you’re a fan of Pandora (and likely other streaming music services), listening to one hour each day will consume more than 1 GB of your monthly data allowance.

Hear that? It’s your data plan saying: “Ouch!”

Xigo’s #1 recommendation for avoiding data overage charges is “Take advantage of Wi-Fi,” and we couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re using the Wi-Fi network at home, at the office, or in public spaces like airports and shopping malls, Wi-Fi’s speedy connection can help save money by making sure you aren’t tagged by your cell provider because you went over your monthly allowance. (Dad, can I have more megabytes?)

Plus, if you have the latest Boingo Wi-Finder update on your iOS device, you can keep tabs on your data use for the month by using our data tracker to see how much you’re saving using Wi-Fi. Pretty cool, no? If you haven’t installed or accepted the Boingo Wi-Finder iOS update, don’t wait a second longer. Download it now!


About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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