Data Volume: How Much Do You Really Need?

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Data Volume: How Much Do You Really Need?
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Before you decide on a tariff, you should first find out how exactly you use your smartphone. We present three different scenarios for this. These should only serve as a rough guideline, since the clear assignment to a category is not always that easy.

Casual surfer

Your time on the internet is limited to using WhatsApp or sporadic surfing? But you may also have access to a WiFi connection most of the time and therefore rarely needs mobile data. In this case, either a prepaid tariff or an inexpensive contract with a monthly notice period is worthwhile. The latter in particular is proving to be an increasingly popular option.

A tariff of around 1 GB of data volume per month should be more than sufficient. Depending on your needs, an additional flat for SMS and telephony

Frequent users

Do you check your social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Reddit several times a day? In addition, are you looking at far too many GIFs with dogs or cats? In this case, you will probably not get very far with a prepaid tariff, especially since these often do not shine with the best download speeds. A tariff with a correspondingly fast data connection is advisable here.

A tariff of around 3 GB data volume per month would make sense. Ideally, the tariff has at least LTE so that you don't have unnecessarily long loading times and can therefore surf with ease

Streaming and more

Your day starts with music on Spotify and ends with the latest episode of your favorite series on Netflix? In between you can have a look at Twitch or follow the livestream as your club performs in the game. In such a case, only a corresponding tariff in XXL format helps.

A tariff from 5 GB data volume per month is advisable here. 10 to 15 GB would even be recommended for frequent streamers. You should also pay attention to a high download speed: LTE or even 5G, if available, would be ideal here

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How much data volume do I really need?

Basically, the amount of data volume determines how long you can surf at unlimited speed. Your surfing pleasure also depends on the network standard that is available in your area. While the extremely fast 5G standard is already available in large cities like Berlin, Cologne or Munich, network coverage in other parts of Germany is still lagging significantly behind. And the faster the standard, the faster you can consume your data volume.


If your data volume is used up at some point, then your speed will be throttled in most cases. How can this be prevented? The best way to do this is to find out your current data usage and then determine how much is left at the end of the month. How exactly can this be found out?

You can view this information directly on your smartphone by going to the respective settings under Android or iOS. There the respective data consumption per app is displayed and how much is still available to you at the current time. In this way, potential data guzzlers can also be identified.

Further to the topic:

  • Android: Show & limit data consumption - this is how it works
  • Show used data volume on the iPhone, that's how it works
  • Data volume consumed: 12 tips to save!

Anyone who has already used up their volume in the middle of the month should accordingly look for a tariff with at least twice as much data volume. Would you like to listen to music on the way to university or watch videos during the daily train journey to work? Maybe you are already satisfied with occasional surfing, chatting via WhatsApp or a daily look at your Instagram feed? Here are some numbers to illustrate:

  • Instagram devours about 220 MB per hour that you scroll through the feed.
  • Depending on the streaming quality, Spotify consumes between 40 and 100 MB per hour.
  • Video streaming via Netflix sucks around 250 MB of data volume per hour.
  • The popular video platform YouTube even has a whopping 30 MB for a single minute in Full HD.

If you want to use these apps without restrictions on the go, take this into account when choosing your tariff.

How much data is added each month?

How much data volume does your tariff provide and how much of it do you really use in the end?

Was it getting scarce at the end of the month and you had to surf at a slow speed? Please write us your experiences in the comments. We are interested in your opinion!