Adding It Up

What counts toward your data transfer usage? All activity that takes place over your internet connection that involves data being transferred (downstream / downloading and upstream / uploading are aggregated for purposes of determining your consumption) during each calendar month.

Here are some things to keep in mind when considering your data usage:

  • All devices in your home that utilize your internet connection, including laptops, desktops, gaming consoles, or handheld devices, count towards your data transfer activity.
  • If you have multiple internet users in your household using the same account, internet activity for all users is aggregated at the account level.
  • If you use a wireless router in conjunction with your internet service and that connection is not properly secured, other users outside your household could be using the connection, adding to your data transfer usage.
  • It’s possible for viruses or malware on your computer to cause activity that would add to your data transfer usage. In most cases, properly installed and regularly updated virus software should protect you from this possibility.

In order to optimize your connection speed and your overall internet experience, remember to maintain your virus protection software, secure your home network, and make sure you have ample speed to accommodate all the users in your home.

Each internet activity is unique, but here are some average file sizes to give you an idea of what your data usage might be:

Average email: 59 KB
Average web page: 130 KB
Average song file: 4 MB
Average digital photo: 5 MB
Average standard def movie: 2 GB
Average hour of online gaming: 15-30 MB

If the amount of data transfer allocated to your account is 100 GB, then that would be equivalent to:

Sending/receiving 1,694,915 emails, or
Viewing 769,230 websites, or
Downloading 25,000 songs, or
Downloading 20,000 photos, or
Downloading 50 standard movies, or
Downloading 20 HD movies, or
Online gaming for 3,400 hours

If the amount of data transfer allocated to your account is 300 GB, then that would be equivalent to:

Sending/receiving 5,084,745 emails, or
Viewing 2,307,690 websites, or
Downloading 75,000 songs, or
Downloading 60,000 photos, or
Downloading 150 standard movies, or
Downloading 60 HD movies, or
Online gaming for 10,200 hours