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Using data on Holiday

Most people don't realise it, but our travel habits have changed a lot in the past few years – at least when it comes to our phones.

At GO-SIM we hear from a lot of families who thought they'd be able to travel without texting, tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking while abroad, but are shocked to see what an international roaming bill looks like when they get back home.

Smartphones are great for streaming media, browsing the web, updating your Facebook status and doing Skype video calls with friends and family back home, but remember the latest devices tend to be very data hungry.

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So, how much data will you use?

If you're going to take your smartphone or tablet away with you, the following table can be used to get a rough idea of how much data your device might use.

Data Use 250MB 1GB
Email
(approx 50kb per message)
Uploading photos
(approx 1.5MB per photo)
Facebook
(approx 1-2 minutes of use)
Web surfing
(approx 2.5MB per minute)
Streaming music
(approx 1-2MB per minute)
Streaming videos
(approx 2-6MB per minute)
Moderate
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All data usage examples are estimates and should only be used as a guide. Your device may download more data than indicated. Be aware that some mobile apps may utilise mobile data without you specifically using them.