In this article, you will finally get an answer - what actually consumes so much data on your phone?
Notice. Be ready to see a lot of numbers.
Internet Data Consumption
Depending on the amount of images and content on a website this number can be higher or lower but we normal expect the average web page to take 1.5 - 2.5 MB to load.
Example: If you visit up to 25 web pages per day your data consumption will be about 1.5 GB per month.
VOIP Call Data Usage
VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) providers use different codecs for their VOIP calls. You can use it in WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. Most of these apps use G.729 which runs at 32 Kbps. So, for every minute someone uses VOIP it's around 0.5 MB of data usage. The best quality codec, G.711 runs at 87 Kbps - so every minute results in about 1.3 MB of data consumption.
Example: 1-hour call (G.729) on VOIP is 30 MB's of data or on HD (G.711) it's about 81 MB's.
How Much Data Does Video Calling Use?
Depending on bandwidth this number will vary greatly. Standard bandwidth in America is about 2-4 Mbps and High Bandwidth is about 4+ Mbps. If a customer spends 1 Minute on Video - it is about 8 MB. If Bandwidth is high the App will switch to HD and it will be about 12 MB per minute.
Example: Spending 15 minutes a day, every day for a month on HD Video calling will consume about 5400 MB (5.27 GB) vs. Avg. Bandwidth will be about 3600 MB (3.5 GB).
Social Media Data Usage
Did you know that social media platforms like Instagram use up to about 12 MB per minute if you spend time looking at everything on your feed?
Considering there is not much to read on Instagram, users typically spend 3-5 minutes on it which will result in less data. But those who spend about 10-15 minutes on checking out every photo, video, and stories will use about 60 - 80 MB within that time.
This also translates to comparable consumption with Facebook and Snapchat.
Example: Spending 15 minutes per day in social media your data consumption will be about 5.27 GB per month.
Youtube Data Usage
The size of each YouTube video varies by encoding, resolution and length, but even on the small phone screen, YouTube videos can use about one megabit per second.
This works out to using 7.5MB of data per minute of video.
It means that a half-hour video can use over 200 MB.