Demands in data usage have necessitated a change in the way that data packages are priced--the demand for broadband has grown exponentially with the increase in streaming technology--users now require every increasing broadband to keep up. But what is data usage and how does that effect your particular plan?
Internet usage is the amount of data (in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes or gigabytes) transferred between your computer and the internet in a given period of time. Data is transferred in two ways: from the internet network to your computer (download) or from your computer to the internet (upload). Whether surfing the Web, sending and receiving email, playing online or network games (with a console), or downloading various content, all activities that use the internet contribute to your usage.
Downloads may include:
Navigating the web: Every site visited sends data to your computer so that it can display the information correctly. Web-TV and Web-Radio: Both stream video and audio content and send a stream of data every second (hence the term "streaming"). In doing so, they use much more bandwidth than simple navigation. Email: Involves opening files received by email and any type of photo, attachment or written message. Downloading songs, movies, software and images.
Uploads may include:
Chatting: Every message or video conference send is an upload. Video conferences represent a significant transfer because the user's image is streamed.
Email: Any typed message or attachment in an email that is sent represents an upload.
Download Sites: Sites used for downloading songs and videos (LimeWire, Kazaa, BitTorrent) are based on file exchanges, other users access your library to download songs from it. This too is an upload.
How many GB do I need?
Obviously to know how many gigabytes you’ll need a month, you’ll have to know your usage. 1GB is about a thousand Megabytes and here is what most common applications eat up:
- Streaming audio = roughly 60mb per hour
- Streaming video = approx 400mb an hour
- Streaming in 1080p on Netflix takes up 4.7GB/hour.
- Watching a movie = approx 700mb (approximately 720p)
- Playing a video game online = 40 to 80mb an hour
These are the most common gigabyte usage programs, so if you calculate how many hours per day you do each activity, then you can figure out how many gigs you’ll need a month.
This is where Data Caps come in to play. Monthly internet data usage is the amount of data (things like images, movies, photos, videos and other files) that you send, receive, download and/or upload each month. Most of our available service plans come with a generous monthly usage allowance--and the majority of our customers stay well within those parameters. Included usage allowance in our service plans assure affordable and reliable service for all customers. These plans are designed to meet the speed and usage needs of our individual customers and most should not expect to exceed the monthly included amount to usage. A small number of customers use substantially more of the network than is intended for their service plan. Left unchecked, this usage could affect the experience and cost to all customers. Razzolink believes the fairest approach to keep the costs down for all customers is to ensure that customers are on service plans that best match their needs and where applicable, assess modest charges for those with usage above their intended plan levels.