One Gigabyte (GB) is approximately 1000 Megabytes (MB). There is a whole spiel about how 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 of data will Get You
Depending on what activity you’re doing on your phone, you use different amounts of data and the amount of time 1 GB lasts will vary. US Mobile’s custom data plans range from 50 MB up to 8 GB. With the help of Confused.com, we’ve defined what our plans will get you in actual usage.
100 MB=43 pagessurfing;1 hrGoogle Maps usage;5 hrsof Facebook;0 episodeson Netflix (streaming a 60-minute episode requires 720MB)250 MB=108 pagessurfing;4 hrsGoogle Maps usage;12 hrsof Facebook;0 episodeson Netflix500 MB=187 pagessurfing;8 hrsGoogle Maps usage;25 hrsof Facebook;0 episodeson Netflix1 GB=445 pagessurfing;17 hrsGoogle Maps usage;51 hrsof Facebook;1 episodeson Netflix2.5 GB=1114 pagessurfing;43 hrsGoogle Maps usage;128 hrsof Facebook;3 episodeson Netflix6 GB=2671 pagessurfing;102 hrsGoogle Maps usage;307 hrsof Facebook;8 episodeson 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.
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