What can you do with 12GB of data?

Gone are the days of long phone calls and SMS conversations! From messaging apps to social media and music streaming, we’re constantly connected to the internet.

Last updated: 17th Oct 2018 at 2:27pm

But where a secure Wi-Fi connection isn’t available, we’re forced to use our mobile data - and it sometimes feels like no data allowance is large enough for everything we do in a month. Our special festive deal gives you the chance to purchase 12GB of data for the price of 2GB - but what can you really do with 12GB? Let’s take a look now!

What is mobile data?

Let’s start with the basics. Simply put, data is a mobile internet connection which allows you to browse the web and use apps without the need for Wi-Fi. Mobile data connections usually fall under the 3G or 4G categories (but older connection types still exist, especially in more rural areas), and allow you to access the internet at speeds equal or sometimes even faster than those of Wi-Fi connections.

What is 1GB of data?

What even is a GB? Also known as gigabytes, GBs are a digital unit of measurement that determines how much information can be processed. Each time you use the internet, your mobile provider processes information through a network of protocols - in other words, it sends and receives data. Mobile phone contracts and bundles often start at 200MB (megabytes) of data, which is perfect for light users who only need to send a few emails a week or who only very occasionally check their social media accounts. However, those who spend most of their free time scrolling through their Instagram feed or using music streaming services will benefit from a much larger allowance.

What will my data allowance get me?

Take a look at our handy table to find out how much your data allowance can get you*! From emails to music streaming, there’s something to suit everyone. 1GB: Send 5,000 emails 2GB: Watch 200 cat videos on YouTube 3GB: Browse Facebook for 150 hours 4GB: Browse the web for 180 hours 5GB: Scroll through Instagram for 15 hours 6GB: Stream the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition!) 7GB: Receive 4,000 Snapchat messages from your friends 8GB: Video chat on Skype or FaceTime for 18 hours 9GB: Listen to 100 hours of your favourite podcast 10GB: Stream 2,500 songs on Spotify 11GB: Send 400,000 messages on WhatsApp or Messenger 12GB: Watch 30 episodes of Game of Thrones *All the above is subject to other data usage. When you find the perfect amount of GB, why not take a look at our amazing value bundles? You can even use our bundle calculator to mix and match your data needs with your calls and texts and get a perfectly tailored bundle, just for you.

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