At Gnet.Live we are often asked which plan will suit best for different customers. To answer this question you first need to think about the type of things you use or intend to use your internet connection for.

If you are unsure of your needs ask us and we can recommend a plan but you are always free to choose a plan with a small data allowance and upgrade later if you need to change plans. There is no fee to upgrade your plan.

Skype video and audio chat usage

Using Skype or other similar programs such as FaceTime to contact friends and family can be very cost effective compared to ringing on a traditional phone. All you need is a compatible device with a microphone and camera for video chatting.

Below we have taken the recommended connection speed and shown you how much data you would consume if both people in the call had a good connection. The bandwidth required by Skype depends on the type of calls you want to make. The table below provides the minimum download and upload speeds required, as well as the recommended speeds for best performance.

Call Type Minimum download / upload speed Recommended download / upload speed Data Used for 1 hour (at recommended level)
Calling Audio only 30kbps / 30kbps 100kbps / 100kbps 1.5MB/min = 90MB/hour
Video calling / Screen sharing; 128kbps / 128kbps 300kbps / 300kbps 4.5MB/min = 270MB/hour
Video calling (high-quality) 400kbps / 400kbps 500kbps / 500kbps 7.5MB/min = 450MB/hour
Video calling (HD) 1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps 1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps 22.5MB/min = 1.35GB/hour
Group video (3 people) 512kbps / 128kbps 2Mbps / 512kbps 19.2MB/min = 1.15GB/hour
Group video (5 people) 2Mbps / 128kbps 4Mbps / 512kbps 34.5MB/min = 2.07GB/hour
Group video (7+ people) 4Mbps / 128kbps 8Mbps / 512kbps 65.2MB/min = 3.91GB/hour

iTunes

You can rent or purchase digital content through Apples iTunes store. They have a mixture of songs, podcasts, tv shows and movies. You have a choice in the quality you wish to download them at. Below is a comparison of different files and an estimate of the size of each

iTunes Store Digital Content Type Data usage
Song 5 min song – 10.3 MB at 256 kbps bitrate
TV Show – 21 min 334 MB (SD) 939 MB (1080p HD)
Movie – SD quality 1 GB per hour
Movie – 1080p HD quality 2.5 GB per hour

Netflix

This service recently launched in Australia and through a subscription to their service you are able to watch TV Shows and Movies from their collection streamed for direct viewing on a compatible device. Depending on your settings and how often you use it Netflix may consume a large amount of your data allowance. This can be managed easily though by understanding how much it does use.

You can select the best plan to suit your intended use. Netflix allows you to adjust the data usage settings for your account. This allows you to choose the quality of video you will play (if that quality is available for the selected video). There are 4 data usage settings to choose from, which are SD, HD, Ultra HD and automatic (which adjusts automatically to deliver the best quality possible over your internet connection).

Below you can find information on the speed of the connection required to play their different services and also how much data those different services will consume.

Netflix Service Speed Required to play Data per hour
Required broadband connection speed 0.5 Mbps
Recommended broadband connection speed 1.5 Mbps 0.3 GB per hour
SD quality 3 Mbps 0.7 GB per hour
HD quality 5 Mbps 3 GB per hour
Ultra HD quality 25 Mbps 7 GB per hour

We hope that this post has helped you better understand your data usage. Using this information may help guide you when considering which plan will best match your needs and budget. If you run out of data allowance on any of our plans our service will still continue to work just at a slower speed. Our shaped speeds are generous and will still allow many services such as voice and video chatting to work well. You can see our shaped speeds and plans for both Residential and Business Fixed Wireless.