Away from your WiFi and with more time to spare, it’s easy to exceed mobile data limits and find yourself facing a hefty bill.
Away from your WiFi and with more time to spare, it's easy to exceed mobile data limits and find yourself facing a hefty bill. Here's what you need to know to avoid excess data charges.
Mobile phones and laptops are now the most often used devices to access the internet. During the June quarter to 2015, data downloaded over mobile handsets increased by 85 percent.
The average Australian adult has a 2GB plan allowance or less. With so many data hungry apps, such as YouTube and Spotify, it is easy to go over your allocated allowance.
See below for a typical guide on how much data you use when sending emails, checking social media or streaming music. Be sure to check your phone provider's website for more guidance.
The below table from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network shows how much a few common mobile phone providers charge for excess data.
Source: ACCAN. Accessible version
It's best to check your mobile provider's website for the most up to date information on charges as they vary depending the destination.