Data usage calculator: How much could you save?

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A guide to saving on your Internet bill

With the recent advent of “unlimited” data, even in the mobile space, the current trend is definitely in the direction of limitless Internet quotas across the board. However, if you’re not a data-hungry, always-online millennial or a Netflix addict, you can enjoy savings if you find the right plan.

We’ve created a data usage breakdown tool to help you find how much data you need on average each month. Move the sliders to the usage levels that match yours, and see the results update as you do.

Adjust the sliders below to indicate your general habits per activity or type of usage.
If you're on mobile, you may need to refresh this page to use the widget below.

This estimate provides a general guide and your own requirements may be very different. Remember that other factors may also influence your data consumption.

Tips to reduce your data usage

If you don’t read the fine print (especially in the case of mobile plans), you can easily find yourself with throttled connection speeds or extra charges on your bill. However, there are many simple actions to take that can make a big difference.

NBN usage quiz
It can be hard to know which NBN plan to choose. We've designed a simple NBN usage quiz designed to deliver a personalised comparison of NBN plans that cater to your needs.

  • Monitor video streaming quality
  • Set videos on social media to not auto-play
  • Turn auto-updating off on your devices
  • Set your phone to data saver mode
  • Download SD rather than HD movies/TV shows
  • Install "light" versions of data-hungry apps
  • Your OS or smartphone may have options to monitor your data usage on a day-to-day basis

How to compare plans

If you’re moving to the NBN and wondering how you can pick from the hundreds of plans and dozens of providers, look no further. If you’re after unlimited plans to save yourself the hassle of quotas and shaping, check out our guide to unlimited data broadband plans.

Broadband plan prices are determined by the speed, data allowance and extra features that come with the plan. If you are after an NBN plan with mid-tier speeds minus the extra features, you can get a new plan starting from $49. If you're after a plan that includes streaming TV or phone calls, you can expect to pay considerably more with prices ranging from $80-$120.

If you've adjusted the calculator above, grab the "Total GB used per month" from the widget and tweak the "Data usage per month" slider in our broadband plan list below to match as closely as possible. Keep in mind that many plans these days include unlimited data – so hunt for those cheaper plans if you know your usage.

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