Taking your phone outside to collect Pokemon means has several tangible benefits: sunshine, fresh air, exercise, Bulbasaurs; but it also means you need mobile data to play the game.
Catching Pokemon requires a constant connection to the internet, and if you’re wandering through parks and schools you will need mobile data to stay online. But do you have enough mobile data on your plan to catch ‘em all?
The exact amount of data used by the game is a little hard to pin down, but we have a pretty good general idea. US carrier Verizon believes the average is about 10MB per hour, while several bloggers and journalist report figures of between 30MB and 50MB each day. I’ve found I chew through about 25MB per day and my friends are using 30 to 35MB per day.
This might seem like an insignificant amount of data used, and it is compared with apps like Facebook and Spotify, but it is important to remember that it all adds up.
- 30MB x 30 days = 900MB per month
- 50MB x 30 days = 1.5GB per month
That’s 1.5GB of data used on top of the data you already burn through each month; on top of the YouTube videos you watch and the Snapchat photos you send.
So, what do you think? Is it time to upgrade your phone plan to make sure for Pokemon Go? Here is a list of the best plans available with at least 3GB of data or more.