We are planning on buying a laptop for an older family member who does not have a fixed line internet connection. They intend to use a mobile dongle. How much data is used in a skype call or skype connection? we need to make sure it is financially feasible
As long as you have an unlimited data plan, you shouldn’t incur any extra data charges for using Skype on your mobile phone. If your phone has a data limit, then please speak to your mobile operator for full details.
Using Skype’s functionality, such as making or receiving calls or sending or receiving instant messages, will use more data than simply signing in and leaving the application idle. If your phone has video calling capability, video calls use more data than regular voice calls. To prevent Skype from using any of your data allowance, simply set your status to Offline.
Here are examples of some typical Skype data usage:
- Skype-to-Skype: 50kbps or around 3MB for one minute of calling
- Calls to landlines or mobile numbers: 6-20 kbps or around 1MB for one minute of calling
- Video calls between two mobile devices: 500kbps
- Video calls between a mobile device and a computer: 600kbps
Having a large number of contacts on your Skype account also increases the data usage, as the application has to update more contact information, such as statuses, profiles and mood messages. If you would like to prevent this, you can create a new mobile account and only add your favourite contacts.
3 weeks ago
Is there something going wrong here? The data usage is a direct quote from the Skype support page, which also seems a bit strange.
Someone at Skype seems to be mixing up MB and Mb or kbit and kbyte.
Doesn't seem to be a big thing, but if the readers know they only have a particular number of MBs a month on their contract, they are working on the wrong basis when the data usage is shown as above. 3MB per minute is not 60 x 50 kbit per second.