Now that Ballarat and surrounding areas are slowly connected to the NBN, one of the first questions you’ll be faced with is ‘What Data Plan do you want’ – usually this involves 2 components … The Connection Speed & the Amount of Data you will be using each month – this article concentrates on the DATA part of the equation.
If you have previously had the internet connected via other technology (usually ADSL) then you may have some idea of your usage, but be aware – the higher speeds offered by the NBN can mean a higher consumption.
Which brings us to the most important part of choosing a plan:
Make sure your Data usage is capped.
This means that once you use your data allowance for the month, your connection speed will be dropped to something akin to dial-up but you won’t pay any more. If your plan has excess charges you can receive an astronomical bill due to the exorbitant rates your provider charges.
Be aware that your data allowance includes downloads and usually uploads (which hasn’t always been the case) If you have a device that regularly backs up data ‘to the cloud’ when connected to WiFi it will be included in your data usage.
To estimate how much data you’ll need to add up the amount of time you & your family ( & perhaps guests ) spend on:
- Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.)
- Chatting (Skype, VoIP)
- Downloading & Peer to Peer
- Online Viewing (YouTube, MetaCafe, TED, ShortForm, Devour)
- Internet TV (Netflix, Stan, Fetch TV, Presto)
- Backups to the Cloud (iCloud, Amazon, Dropbox)