What Does It Cost To Load Australia’s Favourite Websites on Your Mobile?

Google, Facebook and Wikipedia. We depend on these Australia’s Favourite Websitesglorious bastions of information and gossip every day, but how much do they cost us every time we load them up over a mobile network?

Within the last two years, most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have moved away from exorbitant per megabyte (MB) excess prices and towards ‘data packs’, ‘flexing’ or ‘extra data’ on their mobile phone plans.

However it’s branded, though, most ISPs charge you a flat rate of $10 for an extra gigabyte if you go over your included data on your phone plan. Whether this system is more or less fair than simply charging by the MB is debatable. Regardless, with this information in mind, let’s take a look at how much each of your favourite websites cost you each time you load them up.

Find out how much each website will cost you overseas– trust us, it's not pretty

And the most expensive website to load on your mobile phone is...

Website Page Cost Page Weight How many times can I load this page with 1GB?
Amazon $0.0185 1.85 MB 540 times
Gumtree $0.0142 1.42 MB 704 times
Paypal $0.0139 1.39 MB 719 times
News.com.au $0.0128 1.28 MB 780 times
YouTube $0.0074 0.74 MB 1351 times
Twitter $0.0065 0.65 MB 1538 times
eBay (AU) $0.0052 0.52 MB 1923 times
Yahoo $0.0034 0.34 MB 2941 times
Facebook $0.0032 0.32 MB 3125 times
Google (AU) $0.0023 0.23 MB 4347 times
Wikipedia $0.0019 0.19 MB 5263 times
Live $0.0017 0.17 MB 5882 times
Bing $0.0016 0.16 MB 6250 times
LinkedIn $0.0011 0.11 MB 9090 times

Each page uses a minuscule amount of data, but it’s important to remember that the amounts listed above are what is used up when you initially launch the page. The usage accumulated after can vary depending on whether you watch embedded videos, view high-res images etc.

Still, it’s interesting to see such a vast divide between website like Amazon, which is really quite expensive at 1.85 MB/cents, and the much cheaper websites, like LinkedIn, which weighs about 0.11 MB. These costs may seem fairly redundant from afar, but consider how often you access each of these sites and the rest of the data you spend downloading apps and streaming YouTube. It all adds up, and not everyone has that extra $10 to throw away every month.

How much does it cost to load your favourite websites abroad?

No doubt you've heard countless horror stories from travellers who incurred the wrath of global roaming after sending an innocent tweet. Well, they're not just excuses for excessive overseas usage. Though it differs between countries, some will charge higher than $20 per MB. To illustrate just how out-of-hand things can get when you decide to surf the internet rather than the waves in Indonesia, we've highlighted exactly how much costs to load Australia's favourite websites overseas.

Why is there a low and a high range in the data below?

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The data below shows the lowest (usually Optus) and highest (usually Virgin) cost you will pay for accessing for your favourite content while travelling to each country. Also, this article was written under the assumption that the user had not purchased a "travel pack" of any kind before travelling. If you'd like more information regarding international roaming with your mobile carrier, check out our Global Roaming comparison for the top ten tourist destinations for Australians here.
Note: It's always good practice to speak yo your mobile provider before leaving the country.

Top 10 Destinations for Australians (10-6)

Website Weight Hong Kong Malaysia Fiji Singapore China
Amazon 1.85 MB $0.57 - $39.49 $0.90 - $44.10 $0.90 - $28.95 $0.90 - $28.95 $0.40 - $5.55
Gumtree 1.42 MB $0.44 - $30.31 $0.70 - $33.85 $0.70 - $8.50 $0.70 - $22.20 $0.31 - $4.26
Paypal 1.39 MB $0.43 - $29.67 $0.69 - $31.73 $0.69 - $8.32 $0.69 - $21.75 $0.30 - $4.25
News.com.au 1.28 MB $0.39 - $27.32 $0.64 - $29.22 $0.64 - $7.66 $0.64 - $20.03 $0.28 - $3.84
YouTube 0.74 MB $0.23 - $15.79 $0.37 - $16.89 $0.37 - $4.43 $0.37 - $11.58 $0.16 - $2.22
Twitter 0.65 MB $0.20 - $13.87 $0.32 - $14.83 $0.32 - $3.89 $0.32 - $ 10.17 $0.14 - $1.95
eBay (AU) 0.52 MB $0.16 - $11.10 $0.26 - $11.87 $0.26 - $3.11 $0.26 - $8.13 $0.11 - $1.56
Yahoo 0.34 MB $0.10 - $7.25 $0.17 - $7.76 $0.17 - $2.03 $0.17 - $5.32 $0.07 - $1.02
Facebook 0.32 MB $0.09 - $6.83 $0.16 - $7.30 $0.16 - $1.91 $0.16 - $5.00 $0.07 - $1.02
Google (AU) 0.23 MB $0.07 - $4.91 $0.11 - $5.25 $0.11 - $1.37 $0.11 - $3.59 $0.05 - $0.69
Wikipedia 0.19 MB $0.05 - $4.05 $0.09 - $4.33 $0.09 - $1.13 $0.09 - $2.97 $0.04 - $0.57
Live 0.17 MB $0.05 - $3.62 $0.08 - $3.88 $0.08 - $1.01 $0.08 - $2.66 $0.03 - $0.51
Bing 0.16 MB $0.04 - $3.41 $0.08 - $3.65 $0.08 - $0.95 $0.08 - $2.50 $0.03 - $0.48
LinkedIn 0.11 MB $0.03 - $2.34 $0.05 - $2.51 $0.05 - $0.65 $0.05 - $1.72 $0.02 - $0.33

Top 10 Destinations for Australians (5-1)

Website Weight UK Thailand USA Indonesia New Zealand
Amazon 1.85 MB $0.90 - $56.35 $0.90 - $49.00 $0.90 - $5.55 $0.90 - $18.20 $0.14 - $5.55
Gumtree 1.42 MB $0.70 - $43.25 $0.70 - $37.65 $0.70 - $4.26 $0.70 - $13.98 $0.11 - $4.26
Paypal 1.39 MB $0.69 - $42.33 $0.69 - $36.86 $0.69 - $4.25 $0.69 - $13.69 $0.11 - $4.25
News.com.au 1.28 MB $0.64 - $38.98 $0.64 - $33.94 $0.64 - $3.84 $0.64 - $12.60 $0.10 - $3.84
YouTube 0.74 MB $0.37 - $22.54 $0.37 - $19.62 $0.37 - $2.22 $0.37 - $7.28 $0.05 - $2.22
Twitter 0.65 MB $0.32 - $19.79 $0.32 - $17.23 $0.32 - $1.95 $0.32 - $6.40 $0.05 - $1.95
eBay (AU) 0.52 MB $0.26 - $15.83 $0.26 - $13.79 $0.26 - $1.56 $0.26 - $5.12 $0.04 - $1.56
Yahoo 0.34 MB $0.17 - $10.35 $0.17 - $9.01 $0.17 - $1.02 $0.17 - $3.34 $0.02 - $1.02
Facebook 0.32 MB $0.16 - $9.74 $0.16 - $8.48 $0.16 - $1.02 $0.16 - $3.15 $0.02 - $1.02
Google (AU) 0.23 MB $0.11 - $7.00 $0.11 - $6.09 $0.11 - $0.69 $0.11 - $2.26 $0.02 - $0.69
Wikipedia 0.19 MB $0.09 - $5.78 $0.09 - $5.03 $0.09 - $0.57 $0.09 - $1.87 $0.01 - $0.57
Live 0.17 MB $0.08 - $5.17 $0.08 - $4.50 $0.08 - $0.51 $0.08 - $1.67 $0.01 - $0.51
Bing 0.16 MB $0.08 - $4.87 $0.08 - $4.24 $0.08 - $0.48 $0.08 - $1.57 $0.01 - $0.48
LinkedIn 0.11 MB $0.05 - $3.35 $0.05 - $2.91 $0.05 - $0.33 $0.05 - $1.08 $0.01 - $0.33

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Brodie is the Assistant Publisher at finder.com.au for everything tech and telco. When he's not drooling over the latest comic book releases or grinding away at the newest time-devouring RPG, he's helping people choose between Australia's streaming services, suggesting better broadband plans or comparing the latest mobile plans.

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