February 26, 2010, Newsletter Issue #241: Is There a Way to Estimate How Many Meagabytes I Need in My Mobile Data Plan?

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Looking at mobile data plans for your handheld PDA, and don't know where to start? First you need to estimate your usage, which occurs in kilobytes, and then translate that to megabytes, which is how mobile data plans are packaged.

There are 1,024 kilobytes in a megabyte. Checking email uses four kilobytes, looking up a sports score uses six kilobytes, checking the weather uses eight kilobytes, and accessing a news story uses around 10 kilobytes. If you check your email three times a day on your pocket PC, look at the news once, and check the weather once, you will use 1,200 kilobytes. A mobile data plan with two megabytes will be adequate. But if you are constantly looking up data and sending business communications with your mobile PDA, consider one of the unlimited mobile data plans instead.

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