Brits waste 3.4GB in unused data each month


The average mobile subscriber isn’t using 3.4GB of their monthly data allowance, with many unaware of how much data they consume or how to track their usage, a new report has claimed.

Research from uSwitch found 143 million GB is being wasted each month, giving rise to concerns that consumers are paying for data plans that are far too excessive for their needs.

A fifth of users don’t know what their data allowance is, while a quarter don’t know how much they use each month.

Falling into the trap

More than a third don’t check their usage with five per cent not aware it is actually possible to do so. The most popular methods for checking are operator applications and websites, phone setting and monthly bills.

According to Ofcom, the average amount consumed by a mobile user is 1.9GB a month, but uSwitch suggests a third consume less than 1GB. Intriguingly, younger users are more wasteful. The average 18-34 year old pays for 7.5GB for a month but uses just 3.6GB.

Analysts suggest it is the fear of out-of-contract charges that is encouraging such waste.

“In a bid to prevent over-spending and with so many contracts on the market now offering sizeable data bundles, customers can easily fall into the trap of thinking they need more than they’re actually going to use,” says Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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