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10GB of data: How much is it and how long does it last?

If you’re travelling, away from home, or nowhere near Wi-Fi, chances are you’ll need to use your mobile data to access the internet. This is fine if you know how much data you have and how much each activity on your phone uses up, but if you’re looking at a 10GB plan and aren’t sure it’s enough for you, here’s everything you can do with it. 

How much is 10GB of data?

According to Ofcom, the average person uses around 2.9GB of data per month, a statistic which is rising each year with the evolution of technology. That means 10GB is most likely more than enough for the average phone user. However, it entirely depends on how you personally use your phone. For example, if you like to stream films and play online games, you’ll need to look at bigger data allowances.

10GB is a fairly large chunk of data that shouldn’t disappear too quickly (as long as you’re being careful). To find out exactly how much data activities consume, and how long 10GB of data can last for each task, check out our handy tables below. 

What can you do with 10GB of data?

We use our phones for a variety of things: browsing the internet, listening to music, watching films and videos, communicating via social media, and talking to friends and family

When offline (not attached to Wi-Fi), all of these tasks will require data. Here’s how much each activity consumes per hour. Remember: MB is smaller than GB, and 1000MB is equal to 1GB.
 

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

FaceTime

180MB per hour


As you can see, video-related content like watching Netflix or YouTube uses up the largest amounts of data. If you don’t tend to watch or listen to much on your phone, and prefer to use it for internet browsing and social media, then 10GB will be more than enough to last your whole month. 

However, if you’re a video fanatic, you may want to try and figure out just how much content you watch each month to see if 10GB will sustain your usage. For a general overview of how much time you can spend on these activities with 10GB, check out the table below. 

How long does 10GB of data last?

See how long 10GB can last with the following activities.
 

Activity

Time duration with 10GB*

Browsing the internet

166 hours

Listening to music

Spotify

925 hours (24kbps)

231 hours (96kbps)

138 hours (160kbps)

69 hours (320kbps)

Watching Netflix

10 hours (standard definition)

3 hours (HD)

Watching YouTube videos

6 hours (1080p)

3 hours (4K)

Browsing social media

111 hours (scrolling)

64 hours (interacting)

Using Skype / FaceTime

Skype

37 hours

FaceTime

55 hours


*Calculated based on data consumption values in previous table - 10000 (10GB) / XXMB or XXGB

For the average user, as stated by Ofcom, 10GB is plenty of data to play with for the month, perfect for keeping yourself entertained and occupied while commuting. 

Most likely, your phone battery will run out before your data does, so find out how to prolong it to keep using your data whenever you need it. 

Is 10GB enough for me?

To figure out if 10GB of data is enough for you, you should consider what type of data user you are. Remember that this isn’t what you do whilst connected to the internet, but the types of tasks you ask of your smartphone whilst out and about.

Uswitch suggest the following criteria to figure out the right amount of data for you:

Low data user

  • Looks at webpages and checks emails
  • Checks social media reasonably often
  • Doesn’t play many games or activate many apps
  • Doesn’t download music directly onto phone (perhaps listens through the radio instead)
  • Occasionally chats online
  • Occasionally watches a video
  • Uses the internet for around one to two hours per day

If this sounds like you, your best bet is a data plan between 1GB and 5GB. 

Medium data user

  • Checks emails daily
  • Spends a fair amount of time browsing the internet
  • Spends a fair amount of time playing games
  • Often watches YouTube
  • Downloads a few songs every month

If this more closely reflects your phone usage, 10GB (and above) is the most suitable deal for you. 

High data user

  • Sends and receives emails frequently
  • Watches a lot of videos
  • Downloads many applications, as well as games and music
  • Watches Netflix frequently 
  • Communicates online for several hours per day

If this is you, then you most likely need a data plan of 15GB+, or even an unlimited data plan.

Use the tables and this criteria to help you decide if 10GB is enough for your type of usage. Do you watch movies and videos often? Do you stream loads of music? Or do you simply like to scroll through social media while waiting to arrive at your destination?

If you find that you tick most of the boxes for a medium user, then 10GB could be right for you. 

10GB with Asda mobile

If 10GB sounds like the best amount of data for you each month, why not take a look at our 10GB bundle?

For £10, you get 10GB of data, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 5G availability. Best of all there are no credit checks and no commitment - all of our bundles last for a calendar month, and you’re not entering into a contract with us. 

If you find yourself running out of data before the end of the month, you can always take advantage of our data add-ons or try out a new bundle. If you don’t want to decide on a certain amount, check out our unlimited data SIMs instead. 

From 1GB of data to unlimited, we have whatever you need, whenever you need it!
 

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