Data usage on your phone plan.

This support article will give you key information about keeping track of data usage on your phone plan. It will also provide tips to help you avoid going over your data allowance.

How to manage data usage on your phone plan.

The best way to manage data usage on your phone plan is through the Kogan Mobile App.

You can get a Data Add-on through your account or via on the website.

Most smartphones also have in-built data monitors to provide details of your data usage - you can usually find these within the settings of your smartphone.

How much data will you need?

As an estimate, here’s a guide describing how much data you’ll need each month for various online activities. These estimates are based on typical sizes and are subject to change - your usage may vary but in general we estimate streaming videos/movies in standard definition at 0.7GB per hour, streaming music at 128MB per hour and app downloads at 1GB per item – all on the Vodafone 3G and 4G mobile network. As apps become more sophisticated and cameras create higher resolution images and video, it’s likely that your data consumption will increase.

30 mins/day
60 mins/day
90 mins/day
120 mins/day
150 mins/day
180 mins/day
Streaming videos/movies (SD) 14GB 27GB 41GB 54GB 68GB 81GB
Streaming music/podcasts/radio 1GB 3GB 4GB 5GB 7GB 8GB
Video calls & messaging 4GB 7GB 11GB 14GB 18GB 22GB
Browsing – websites and email 1GB 3GB 4GB 5GB 7GB 8GB
Social – social media browsing and sharing 5GB 11GB 16GB 22GB 27GB 32GB


Tips for limiting your data usage.

Here are some other ways you can limit your data usage.

Connect to WiFi. 

When you’re connected to a WiFi network, you won’t use your plan’s mobile data.

To reduce your mobile data usage connect to WiFi when completing data tasks such as:

  • Installing software updates.
  • Downloading and updating apps.
  • Syncing cloud storage services.
  • Streaming video and audio.


Device data monitors.

Most smartphones have in-built data monitors to provide details of your data usage.


Switch off mobile data access.

You can limit your data usage by switching off mobile data access in your phone’s settings. Some devices also allow you to restrict mobile data access for certain apps or features.


Switch off background data.

Your device may still be using data in the background, even when you’re not actively using it. To reduce your background data, you can try switching off automatic:

  • Backups
  • File transfers
  • App updates
  • Email refresh and attachment downloads


Additional information

How much is 1GB of data?

1GB is equivalent to 1024 megabytes (MB) or 1,048,576 kilobytes (KB). As a rough guide, 1GB of data would let you do one of the following:

  • Watch one hour and 20 minutes of video at Standard Definition
  • Stream roughly eight hours of high quality music (320kbps)
  • Send or receive about 1000 emails
  • Send over 1.5 million WhatsApp messages (without pictures or video)


How is data usage charged from my plan?

Data usage and Add-ons are charged in 1KB increments.


Do downloads and uploads count towards my data usage?

Yes. Both downloads (data you receive) and uploads (data you send) count towards your data usage.


How much data does tethering / using a hotspot use? 

Tethering is using your mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot to provide an internet signal for another device (such as a tablet or laptop.) The amount of data you use will depend on what you're using the tablet or laptop for. For example, streaming a movie on your tablet while tethered to your phone will use a similar amount of mobile data as streaming the movie direct to your phone.


What if I use data for something that’s not included in the chart above?

If you can't find what you're looking for in our data chart, it's probably because it doesn't use a significant amount of data. Using Siri, or Google assistant, for example uses very little data.

Using Google maps or Maps uses very little too. This is because once you've input the journey, your phone downloads the map you need and 'caches' the information.




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