50GB data

50GB of data: How much is it and how long does it last?

If you’re away from home, you’ll need to rely on your mobile data to access the internet. In this guide, we’ll go over how much 50GB of data is, and how many hours it can last depending on how you use your phone. We’ll also help you decide if 50GB is enough data for you! Let’s get started. 

What is a GB?

GB is an abbreviation for ‘gigabyte’, and is a unit of measurement for digital information. When we refer to GB in relation to mobile data, we’re talking about how much internet you can use while outside your home, or when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. Typically, the more GB you have, the longer you can access the internet while not connected to a router. 

You can discover how much GB you need by assessing what you use your phone for. If you do much more than just browse the internet and social media apps, or simply don’t want to worry about running out of data before the month is up, take a look at what a 50GB plan can offer you. 

How much is 50GB of data?

Simply put, 50GB is quite a lot of data! According to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2021, the average monthly data volumes per data user in 2020 was 4.5GB.  

50GB of data is halfway to 100GB, which is like having unlimited. This amount of data will most likely see you through the month, unless you stream high-quality video content all day and never use Wi-Fi!

How long does 50GB of data last?

For the vast majority of phone users, 50GB is more than enough.

Take a look at the table below to see how much data you use, on average, for each activity on your smartphone. For reference, a MB is a ‘megabyte’, and approximately 1,000MB make up one GB. 

Activity

Data consumption

Browsing the internet

60MB per hour

Listening to music

Spotify

10.8MB per hour (24kbps)

43.2MB per hour (96kbps)

72MB per hour (160kbps)

144MB per hour (320kbps)

Watching Netflix

1GB per hour (standard definition)

3GB per hour (HD)

Watching YouTube videos

1.56GB per hour (1080p)

2.7GB per hour (4K)

Browsing social media

90MB per hour (scrolling)

156MB per hour (interacting)

Using Skype / FaceTime

Skype

270MB per hour

 

FaceTime

180MB per hour


Scrolling through the internet and social media doesn’t consume too much data, so if you had 50GB of data and only used your phone for browsing, you’d never run out each month. 

In comparison, streaming video content uses up much more. The higher you set the quality of Netflix or YouTube videos, the more data will be used to keep up with the demand. You could always opt to watch videos in a slightly lower quality if you want to save data on a commute or road trip. 

Unsure if 50GB is the right data plan for you? Check out the calculations below to see how long this amount of data would last for each of the common smartphone activities. 

How many hours will 50GB of data last for?

Take a look at our breakdown of how many hours 50GB would last for any one of these smartphone jobs.

Activity

Time duration with 50GB*

Browsing the internet

833 hours

Listening to music

Spotify

4,629 hours (24kbps)

1,157 hours (96kbps)

694 hours (160kbps)

347 hours (320kbps)

Watching Netflix

50 hours (standard definition)

16 hours (HD)

Watching YouTube videos

32 hours (1080p)

18 hours (4K)

Browsing social media

555 hours (scrolling)

320 hours (interacting)

Using Skype / FaceTime

Skype

185 hours

 

FaceTime

277 hours

*Calculated based on data consumption values in previous table - 50000MB or 50GB / XXMB or XXGB


As you can see, 50GB of data would allow you to browse the internet for 833 hours, which exceeds how many hours are in a month. Similarly, you would be able to use social media without an internet connection for almost the entire month before your data ran out. 

Further, you could download and stream music non-stop for thousands of hours in low or normal quality - which you’d probably never need to do anyway! You’d also have plenty of time to watch all your favourite shows and videos while travelling, and could even save minutes by downloading episodes first rather than streaming them with your mobile data on.

Is 50GB of data enough for me?

For the above average phone user, 50GB looks to be more than enough to last for a whole month’s activity, particularly when you consider that you probably won’t need to use your mobile data for that entire time if you have Wi-Fi at home. 

50GB is most ideal for those who:

  • Watch a lot of high-quality videos and movies whilst not connected to Wi-Fi
  • Download and stream music often whilst out and about
  • Play games online
  • Access the internet and social media constantly

If you only tend to browse lightly on your mobile data, choosing a 50GB data plan may mean you end up paying for more than you need to. It’s best to find a plan where you pay for what you use, rather than having an excessive amount of data you can’t take advantage of each month. 

We wouldn’t recommend a 50GB data plan if you only browse the internet for several hours per day, or only use it for sending and receiving emails. 

Grab a 50GB SIM

If you’re interested in a 50GB data plan, look no further than Asda mobile! You can grab 50GB of data, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts for just £25 a month. There’s no contracts, and you can also take advantage of 5G  connectivity with download speeds up to 150mbps.

You can also add more data if you find yourself needing any extra in a month. 

Or, if 50GB isn’t right for you, check out our wide range of data bundles online, starting from just £5 a month. 

Discover more 

Explore more data allowances with our 10GB, 15GB and 30GB guides to see if any of these plans would be more suitable for your usage. 

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