Understanding and Monitoring Data Usage
As part of the BerryWorx service, employees receive an email highlighting their monthly costs and usage. However, with the capabilities built into modern cellular devices, there isn’t always an obvious correlation between how you use your phone and what charges will appear. The following is a high level guide based on the various categories of usage and cost.
Categories of data usage vary by device type – a laptop data stick is handled differently than the web browser on your Blackberry. However, for cell phones, the delineation can be simple: do you have a smartphone or a feature phone?
With a smartphone, data charges can be incurred in a number of ways:
Email / Calendar and Contact synchronization
Downloading Email attachments
Using the web browser to view websites
Accessing the device’s “app store” to view and download applications
Accessing online music, radio or tv collections
Playing games that connect you with an internet opponent or post your scores online
Downloaded applications that access content not already on the device (book downloads, game-level downloads, application enhancements, social updates like Facebook or Twitter, etc)
Tethering your device (this allows your device to behave like a laptop data stick). It’s also important to note that with Tethering, you may also incur a premium charge on data if not correctly managed.
Internet data sticks are great productivity device that allows your laptop to stay connected to the internet when you happen to be remote or otherwise out of range from a standard wired or wireless connection. Using similar data connectivity technology as your smartphone, data sticks can enable your laptop to perform as if it had an internet connection.
Data Stick charges are related to the amount of bandwidth you consume. However, each data stick also needs a base data plan. Plans can be based on a set amount with overages charges or based on a tiered system where you are automatically “scaled” into the higher cost-usage category if needed.
Your usage will depend on what type of internet-related work you conduct. Occasionally viewing pages and checking email is much different than watching a live streaming movie or downloading large files.
Interpreting your data usage
|1024 Kilobytes (KB)||= 1 Megabyte (MB)|
|1024 Megabytes (MB)||= 1 Gigabyte (GB)|
|Email message||10 KB|
|1 MP3 music file||4 MB|
|CD ROM||650 MB|
|Web Page – CNN.com||200 KB|
|Web Page – Google.com||50 KB|
|Online Radio – 1 hour||50 MB|
|YouTube video – 1 hour||130 MB|