Why am I always running out of data? Know your data usage

Posted by: Schepisi - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

We’re the first to raise our hands when asked ‘Who can’t live without their smartphone?’ These little devices unlock the potential to connect, play, work, talk, and communicate from almost anywhere in the world.

The key to managing personal devices is to actually understand how data usage works. Understanding the tasks that take up the most data is the first step in ensuring you’re making the most of your business device – and using it to its full potential.

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How data consumption works

The simplest way to explain data usage is to think of all the information – text, images, videos, files, and more – that is transferred between the internet and your device.

Each one of these actions requires a certain amount of bytes (or kilobytes, megabytes, or even gigabytes).

When you source data from the internet, you are downloading, and the opposite applies when you are sending data to the internet (uploading).

All activities contribute to data uploads and downloads, including (but not limited to):

  • Web browsing

  • Social media usage

  • Online games

  • Accessing, downloading, editing and uploading documents or files

  • Sending and receiving emails

  • Streaming videos, webinars, conferences, etc.

Why am I running out of data?

Besides the common activities we’ve mentioned above, there are several understated actions that can also contribute to higher data usage. Other data chewers can include:

Apps running in the background

These are the apps that consistently work in the background, fetching emails or ensuring you’ve got the latest weather report. While great for multitasking, where you can quickly return to an app or switch between apps, it’s not always needed, and might contribute to data usage.

Location services

For the obvious apps, location services are a must (travelling to an unknown city and need to get around? Of course, your location service should be switched on for your mapping app).

Other apps, though, really don’t need to promote your location when you post, unless, of course, you want people to know that you’re updating your Facebook status from Fiji or Vanuatu.

Push notifications


Sick of your phone telling you each and every time an email comes through to your inbox? Your phone is constantly fetching emails, and even if you’re not using it, it can still chew up some data.

Turn off push notifications on your apps and you’ll also be saving your phone’s battery. Each time you tap the screen to check yet another ding, you’re powering up your phone and as a result draining it.

Reducing push notifications might also prevent you from walking around with your eyes glued to your smartphone!

Be smart before you head overseas

If you’re travelling internationally for a holiday, you might be able to get away with turning your phone to airplane mode and relying on free Wi-Fi, but if your travels are for business purposes, you’re going to want to consider an international data add-on that you can use while abroad.

Speak to Schepisi to find out how Telstra can spread your network internationally, with mobile coverage in over 140 countries!

Next steps…

Regularly going over your data allowances? Take a look at your last three to six month’s worth of phone bills – are you paying to cover extra costs associated with those few extra hundred Mb?

Is it, in the long run, worth it? Probably not. If you’re constantly reaching or exceeding your monthly limit, consider switching to a more flexible mobile plan with more room to grow.

Speak to Schepisi today to learn how you can increase the mobility and capacity of a national and international mobile fleet. Contact us today!

Schepisi Telstra business partner Australia