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How much data do I need for my mobile plan?

No one wants to pay more money for data they don’t end up using, and hitting that sweet spot when choosing the amount of data for your mobile plan can be unnecessarily difficult.

But we are here to help! Here’s a few things you should consider when selecting the data allowance on your plan:

  • Access to Wi-Fi

    Having access to Wi-Fi once you leave the realm of your home Wi-Fi (work, university or school), will impact the amount of data required.

  • Phone use

    Do you even use your phone while out of Wi-Fi range? Do you read on the train everyday, listen to downloaded music, use your work phone, use your phone’s GPS for directions or completely ignore your phone during business hours? Understanding how you use or don’t use your phone will help with your data allowance selection.

  • What apps you use and how data intensive they are?

    For a guide of how data intensive apps can be, we’ve provided some estimates below:

  • YouTube

    Quality 10 minutes 1 hour
    4K (UHD) 450 MB 2.7GB
    1080p (HD) 275 MB 1.65GB
    720p (SD) 145 MB 870 MB
    480p (SD) 44 MB 264 MB


    Quality 1 Hour
    4K (UHD) 7GB
    1080p (HD) 3GB
    720p (SD) 1GB
    480p (SD) 500 MB

    Audio Streaming – Spotify, Apple Music

    Platform Per Second Per Minute Per Hour
    Spotify Free 160kbps 1.2MB 72MB
    Spotify Premium 320kbps 2.4MB 144MB
    Apple Music 256kbps 1.9MB 115MB
    Google Music 320kbps 2.4MB 144MB

    Social Media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

    If you’re just scrolling through your social media and having a gander at the content on offer, expect to use roughly 1.5MB per minute. When you start interacting with the content, for instance watching videos, clicking on a bunch of photos, commenting on posts and messaging friends, your internet usage will increase to 2.5-3MB per minute. An average user will likely use roughly 3GB per month on social media, but a heavy user can use 3GB in a single day.

    Once you have figured out how much data you need, you can order an Aussie Broadband mobile service here.

    Just remember that you can change your mobile plan at anytime if your data needs change.

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