Data volume in Germany is still quite expensive in an international comparison. But consumption continues to increase through streaming and apps such as Instagram, YouTube and Tiktok.

    Smartphone users in Germany are consuming more and more data. While it was around 2.76 exabytes (one billion gigabytes) in 2019, consumption has almost doubled to 5.46 exabytes in 2021 (source: extra). At the same time, the data volume per mobile phone connection has doubled, and by 2022 it is estimated to have risen to 5.65 gigabytes (GB) per connection. TECHBOOK reveals whether that is enough for you or whether you even need less mobile data.

    Only high-speed data volume counts

    The amount of data volume indicates the amount of data you have available in the mobile network within a month at high speed with 4G or even 5G. If your data volume is used up before the end of the month or a specific date, providers throttle the speed of the mobile Internet to a snail’s pace. This is often so slow that in many cases you can no longer use your smartphone for surfing. In particular, the social networks with their many pictures and videos then hardly load at all. For this reason, it is important to agree on sufficient data volume when concluding a contract or booking an option.

    Surfing the WiFi

    Do you have WiFi access at work and at home and only use your smartphone sporadically when you’re out and about – for example to read an email or briefly open Google Maps? Then you only use a small amount of data. Connections via WLAN are not added to the data volume, which is why you can confidently use a cheap tariff with little data volume with this surfing behavior. We advise you to book between 2 and 3 gigabytes – depending on how often you surf outside of the WLAN.

    Anyone who uses their smartphone to regularly check their Instagram and Facebook feed on the go should know that these apps drain the data volume very quickly. Although photos and videos are heavily compressed there, several hundred megabytes can be lost after just half an hour on social networks. We recommend a tariff with at least 5 gigabytes of data volume, because even social media virtuosi don’t usually spend half an hour a day on channels on the go.

    music streaming

    At standard quality, music streaming and podcast services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and YouTube Music use about 50 megabytes per hour. For example, if you listen to music or podcasts three hours a day on the go, you use 4500 megabytes – or 4.5 gigabytes – a month. For those who only use these services from time to time, 5 gigabytes of data volume can be sufficient. On the other hand, at least 10 gigabytes are recommended for frequent listeners who also want to use their smartphone for other purposes.

    video streaming

    If you like watching YouTube videos on the bus or even want to stream an entire football game on your smartphone while you’re on the go, you should look around for the great tariffs of the various providers. You shouldn’t even consider anything below 10 GB. For mobile football enthusiasts even that will not be enough. Depending on the quality of the stream, a football game already uses 3 to 6 gigabytes.

    A lot of data volume is required, especially for streaming on YouTube. In full HD resolution (1080p), a video already consumes 2 to 3 gigabytes per hour. In 4K resolution with 30 frames per second (FPS) it is a gigantic 10 gigabytes per hour. Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are a bit more economical here, but they also use around 7-8 gigabytes in 4K resolution and 2 gigabytes in Full HD.

    Even if you only stream a few times on the go and watch a YouTube video for half an hour, you will quickly end up using a lot of data. TECHBOOK therefore recommends considering options from 25 gigabytes or even unlimited contracts.

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