What Can You Do With 4 GB of Wireless Data a Month?

Understand your current data plan.

By on June 26, 2012

If you’re reading email, surfing the Web or watching a video on your smartphone or tablet, you’re using data.

Data’s a hot topic right now as many consumers try to determine how much data they use and need each month. Fortunately there are many tools available to help everyone understand their data usage. The Verizon Data Usage Calculator is a great option to learn how much data you need to fit your lifestyle.

If you’re like most smartphone users, the answer is probably 2 GB or less. In fact, more than 90 percent of Verizon Wireless smartphone or tablet customers use less than 2 GB a month.

And, there’s a lot that can be done with that 2 GB:

Sending 100 emails, visiting 50 web pages and streaming 15 minutes of music every day for an entire month, will use a little more than 1 GB.

Add another 50 web pages to your daily viewing and you would still only reach 1.61 GB of data.

Watching video on your smartphone or tablet is where data consumption grows. Adding two minutes daily of video viewing on 4G LTE will bump your data use to about 1.95 GB a month.

Steady Video Viewing Needs More Data

If 4G LTE video streaming is a regular part of your smartphone use, you will need more data, likely 4 GB, maybe more.

With 4 GB per month, you can watch 300 minutes of video a month (the equivalent of ten 30-minute sitcoms), surf 50 web pages daily, upload 10 pictures, stream 15 minutes of music and send 50 emails every day and still use only 3.61 GB.

Watch 30 minutes of 4G LTE video or more a day? Add that video use to the email and web surfing scenario described above and you use about 7 GB a month.

The scenarios are almost endless. And, the number of data plans is also plentiful. With the Verizon Wireless Share Everything plans there are options for everyone from the single line smartphone user, to the multi-device family of super users.

Knowing how much data you consume takes a little research and some time thinking about how you use your smartphone or tablet. In the long run, a few minutes studying your data use will save you money and help you find a data plan that works best for you and your family.