Everything sent over the internet, whether it's a web page, email, video clip or music file, consists of data. The amount of data is measured in bytes. An average mp3 song file will be around five megabytes (MB), and 1024 MB is equal to 1GB. The total amount of data you send and receive is your total monthly usage.
Whilst your Fair Use Policy allows for a considerable amount of video and streaming, these services consume large amounts of data and are more suited to your fixed-line home broadband.
If you use these services extensively it could result in you reaching your Fair Use Policy.
REACHING YOUR FAIR USE POLICY
We’ll send you a text to let you know you’ve reached your Fair Use Policy and we’ll redirect your next browsing session to an information page.
Even after you have reached your Fair Use Policy, you’ll still be able to use your Mobile Broadband for text and image based browsing and emailing. So you can still browse websites, log in to Facebook, check your Hotmail or view the news on the BBC - and we won’t charge you any extra.
Temporarily, however, you won't be able to do heavy usage activities such as watching videos or downloading files. These activities are more suited to your fixed-line home broadband.
RESETTING YOUR DATA USAGE
How long the temporary restriction on heavy usage lasts will depend on what kind of Mobile Broadband you have. If you’re on a pay monthly plan, it’ll last for the rest of the calendar month. If you’re on our pay per day service, it lasts for the length of time left on your pass.
When your Fair Use Policy begins again your data usage will be reset to zero and your service will return to normal.
T-Mobile is still the only operator offering unlimited browsing and emailing, and not automatically charging expensive run-on rates after reaching your Fair Use Policy.
The following table gives you an indication of the level of usage you could expect to get (each of the below equate to the relevant data amount):
|Fair Usage Policy|| Web browsing time (average 3 web |
pages per minute @100Kb each)
| Number of emails with |
photo attached (1Mb)
| Number of songs downloaded |
(1 song = 5Mb MP3 file)
|500Mb||Approx. 30 hours||Approx. 500||Approx. 100|
|1Gb||Approx. 60 hours||Approx. 1000||Approx. 200|