How Much Data is a Gigabyte?

One Gigabyte (GB)

One Gigabyte (GB) is approximately 1000 Megabytes (MB). There is a whole spiel about that one GB really is 1024 MB. If you want to go into that type of detail, we recommend you to take a moment and head over to an article by Whistleout.

Since the amount of data is usually the differentiating factor when selecting phone plan, it’s important to understand what it means in actual usage. As a rule of thumb, the smallest file you have stored on your phone is four kilobytes (4KB) in size.

The Bytes Table

Before we get into what 1 Gigabyte means in usage, we need to break it down into smaller bits (bytes, bits – get it?):

8 Bits = 1 Byte

1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte

1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte

1000 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte

1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte

What 1 GB Will Get You

Depending on phone activity, you use different amounts of data and the amount of time 1 GB lasts will vary. US Mobile’s data plans range from 100 MB up to 6 GB. With the help of Confused.com, we’ve defined what our plans will get you in actual usage.

100 MB = 43 pages surfing; 1 hr Google Maps usage; 5 hrs of Facebook; 0 episodes on Netflix (streaming a 60-minute episode requires 720MB)

250 MB108 pages surfing; 4 hrs Google Maps usage; 12 hrs of Facebook; 0 episodes on Netflix

500 MB217 pages surfing; 8 hrs Google Maps usage; 25 hrs of Facebook; 0 episodes on Netflix

1 GB445 pages surfing; 17 hrs Google Maps usage; 51 hrs of Facebook; 1 episodes on Netflix

2.5 GB1114 pages surfing; 43 hrs Google Maps usage; 128 hrs of Facebook; 3 episodes on Netflix

6 GB2671 pages surfing; 102 hrs Google Maps usage; 307 hrs of Facebook; 8 episodes on Netflix

Please know that if you stream videos on Facebook, you should consider it as Netflix usage since streaming a moving picture requires a lot more data.

If you aren’t planning on getting a plan for your tablet or phone, head over to our piece about affordable prepaid plans for smart devices. It will guide you on what type and size of plan you need.

Getting an Affordable Plan for Your Smart Device


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