Mobile Data Explained: Download Limits, Speeds & Traffic Management

As a smartphone user, it’s essential to choose a good data plan. We investigate the key factors to consider: download limits, speeds and traffic management.

Nowadays, a vital component of your mobile phone tariff is the data plan which allows you to browse on the go. Your mobile data plan is used by almost every app: from e-mails to instant messages, social networks and games. It’s also a vital requirement for browsing the internet and for watching videos online.

When choosing a data plan, there are three important considerations. Firstly, you’ll need to choose the amount of data every month – this determines how much you can use your phone. Secondly, consider the speeds offered by your network – this can greatly affect your overall experience. Finally, consider traffic management as some mobile networks impose a restriction on what you’re able to do.

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  1. Michael Dalgleish said:

    As a UK National, I usually buy local SIM when travelling in addition to my UK 3 SIM and a giffgaff SIM, both in a TP-LINK 4G MiFi Hotspot. I’ll make a point of comparing data throughputs on each and keep you posted with data. Maybe if other enthusiasts do the same we can build a picture. So far, prior to June 16, I’ve noticed in Italy that UK 3 is unusable for streaming, but OK for light web browsing and fine for email. Thanks again for your brilliant site, which keeps getting better!

  2. Michael Dalgleish said:

    Now all UK Operators offer ‘within-plan’ free EU roaming, it would be good to see an article about the performance of UK sims abroad. Covering throttling, tethering and VPN type restrictions.

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Michael,
      Many thanks for your comment. I’ve started putting together a document here on the ‘Roam Like at Home’ service available when travelling in the EU. Unfortunately, it’s a little trickier to get information on throttling/VPN restrictions when roaming but this is a really good suggestion which I’ll keep in mind for the future.
      Thanks again!

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