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Data Charges

by sashalangham Starter Poster
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Hi There,

 

Can someone please tell me what your data charges are and roughly how much data 3 hours of Skype calling with video would use and cost?

 

Cheers,

 

Sasha


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by Contributor kuldhillon Contributor
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Hi Sasha,

 

Below is a rough idea of the usage, please DO NOT take this as an actual usage. These are just guidelines.

 

As an approximate guide Skype says the following are examples of typical data usage.

  • Skype-to-Skype calls: 50kbps or around 3MB for one minute of calling
  • Calls to mobile numbers or landlines: 6-20 kbps or around 1MB for one minute of calling
  • Video calls between two mobile phone devices: 500kbps
  • Video calls between a mobile phone and a computer: 600kbps

How much data will Skype use on my mobile phone?

 

If you take these figures you are looking at approximately 30 MB for a video call between two mobile devices for 1 minute.

Skype also recommends different bandwidth requirements for different situations.

 

How much bandwidth does Skype need?

 

HD video calling has a recommended upload and download speed of 1.5Mbps both ways so you are looking at about 180MB per minute.

To answer your last question as Skype is a peer to peer application and will try to make the best use of the bandwidth it has available so the rate is variable and not fixed.

 

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by Retired Staff johnr Retired Staff
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Hi @sashalangham 

 

Your question is very open ended and not really possible to answer, It's kind of like asking how much water will it take to wash my car,

 

Data charges change depending on addon which is active and the data bundle size of the data addon, Then this cost will change between Prepay to Postpay plans / addons,

 

A high resolution Skye video call will use more data as well,

 

 

John

 

 

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by sashalangham Starter Poster
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Hi @johnr 

 

Sorry I did not realise this.

 

We are purchasing a Mobile WiFi device which will be on prepay. We are looking at getting the 5GB addon which costs $80. I just would like to know a rough idea of how much data a skype call for 3 hours would use. This is for my manager so i need to come up with an answer some how haha. Are you able to tell me what the data charges are for what we are purchasing?

 

Cheers

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by Retired Staff johnr Retired Staff
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The data charges you have already advised in your post 5GB for $80

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by sashalangham Starter Poster
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Well I want to know how much data a 3 hour skype call would use.... roughly if I am using the 5GB add on. You stated you needed to know more information which i gave you. I am apologise if i am getting the terms wrong. 

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by Staff Lon Staff
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Hi @sashalangham - it's a difficult question to answer... I Googled 'how much data does Skype use'  and several results popped up, but I can't access the Skype Community from my work computer. Have a go at searching that though, I'm sure you'll get a better idea from the official Skype forums than if we were to guess! Smiley Happy

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by sashalangham Starter Poster
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Hi @Lon ,

 

Thank you for your message, i really appreciate your help. I will do some googling! Smiley Happy

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by Retired Staff NikT Retired Staff
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It will depend on the quality of the video and audio on both sides, and could vary greatly between different setups. The best thing to do would be to make a couple of typical calls over a fixed line connection and measure how much traffic this uses. Smiley Happy

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by Contributor kuldhillon Contributor
Message 9 of 15 (2,672 Views)

Hi Sasha,

 

Below is a rough idea of the usage, please DO NOT take this as an actual usage. These are just guidelines.

 

As an approximate guide Skype says the following are examples of typical data usage.

  • Skype-to-Skype calls: 50kbps or around 3MB for one minute of calling
  • Calls to mobile numbers or landlines: 6-20 kbps or around 1MB for one minute of calling
  • Video calls between two mobile phone devices: 500kbps
  • Video calls between a mobile phone and a computer: 600kbps

How much data will Skype use on my mobile phone?

 

If you take these figures you are looking at approximately 30 MB for a video call between two mobile devices for 1 minute.

Skype also recommends different bandwidth requirements for different situations.

 

How much bandwidth does Skype need?

 

HD video calling has a recommended upload and download speed of 1.5Mbps both ways so you are looking at about 180MB per minute.

To answer your last question as Skype is a peer to peer application and will try to make the best use of the bandwidth it has available so the rate is variable and not fixed.

 

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by Frequent Poster Ben01 Frequent Poster
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I called a friend on skype using mobile data, Used 7MB for a 20 min call

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