Have you noticed how expensive it is to purchase the latest and greatest smartphones these days? Apple's new iPhone X costs $1,149 for the 256GB model. Yikes!
As you know, the price of your phone is only the beginning. You're also going to have a monthly bill from your carrier, which can also be pretty hefty.
Most carriers offer unlimited minutes and texts in their plans, but the amount of data that you can use each month is limited. Unless of course, you're lucky enough to find a reasonably priced unlimited data plan.
If not, you're going to want to keep an eye on how much data you're using so you don't get exorbitant overage charges. That's where this cool site can help.
AT&T.com has an esupport page with a very helpful data calculator. The calculator is free for everyone, you don't even need to be an AT&T customer to use it.
The feature allows you to estimate your monthly data usage. That way you can choose a plan that works for you before it's too late and you're going over your data limit each month.
Image: Example of AT&T's data calculator. (Source: att.com)
The data calculator is extremely easy to use. Simply use the sliders on the calculator to estimate how much usage, on average, your monthly internet activities take.
Here's how the calculator comes up with its data estimates.
- 1 email (with zero attachments) - uses 20KB
- 1 email (with standard attachments) - uses 300KB
- 1 minute of surfing the web - 250KB, which equals 15MB per hour
- 1 song downloaded - 4MB
- 1 photo uploaded to social media - 5MB
- 1 minute of streaming standard-definition video - 11.7MB, which equals 700MB per hour
- 1 minute of streaming high-definition video - 41.7MB, which equals 2,500MB per hour
- 1 minute of streaming 4K video - 97.5MB, which equals 5,850MB per hour
- 1 minute of online games - 200KB, which equals 12MB per hour
As you see, data can add up quickly. You definitely don't want to go way over your plan's limit or your fees will be much too high. Using this data calculator can help avoid those overage charges.
To use the data calculator, click on the link we've provided below inside the blue box. If you're reading this article using the Komando.com app, click here to see the link inside the blue box on our site.