While downloading apps on mobile phones, users are usually urged to use WiFi networks whenever possible if they are not having an unlimited data plan to avoid a shock while getting their monthly bills.
And if you are kind of person who is addicted to social networking or news sites on mobile, you might be worried about how much data does it take to visit Facebook or how much data will be consumed during one more refresh of ESPN in a boring meeting?
Opera, in its “State of Mobile Web, June 2011” report, has analysed just how much data it takes to visit our favourite website on mobile.
And, the results might surprise you!
According to the report, Google.com and mail.google.com use 24 and 20 KB respectively. While, social networking site Facebook uses 201 KB, Twitter uses 222 Kb and myspace uses 736 KB.
If you are a sports buff and keep on regularly checking ESPN, just mind it, you will be consuming 694 KB of data and if you are a kind of a person who likes to kill time watching YouTube on mobile, your data usage will be 303 KB.
After reading the data usage of different sites, if you are wondering how to manage your data consumption on mobile, then here a few tips, suggested by the Opera report.
Mail and browsing: Open the full email only if necessary and open email attachments sparingly, if at all necessary. Consider using a smart mini browser, like Opera Mini. These keep you from downloading too much data to your phone and also try using mobile friendly webpages as they shave a significant amount of data that otherwise would count against your cap.Also, turn off images when you don’t require4 them.
Apps: Manage your apps’ hunger for mobile data. Disable push notifications; update and download apps over WiFi. Spotify is awesome, but use your locally-stored playlist when on the go.
Video: Avoid HD video on YouTube when browsing on a mobile connection. Just 10 minutes of HD video per day fills a standard 2GB plan.