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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Mobile Internet: How Many Gigabytes of Data Do You Need?

In the UK, almost all mobile phone plans have a monthly limit on how much you can download. In this article, find out what you're able to do with a gigabyte of data. Also, discover the right data plan for your usage every month.

Download Speeds: Comparing 2G, 3G & 4G Mobile Networks

It's possible to access the internet on your smartphone with a 2G, 3G or 4G connection. But what does this actually mean, and is 4G really worthwhile?

Traffic Management & Throttling on UK Mobile Networks

In the UK, some mobile networks place an artificial limit on your download speed. They may also slow down or stop you from accessing certain services.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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!
      Ken

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