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Data Usage

Measuring Data

Measuring Data

It's Activity, Not Time

The amount of data you use is based on your online activities - not the amount of time you spend online. For example, downloading a movie that takes 30 minutes will use more gigs than spending an hour surfing the Web or checking emails.

At Cox, we're committed to bringing you the very best High Speed Internet service possible. Each of our High Speed Internet packages includes a sizable data plan. While the overwhelming majority of Cox customers are currently on a data plan that meets their needs every month, a family with multiple Internet users that enjoy streaming TV or movies may want to select a larger data plan. You can estimate your household's need with the Data Usage Calculator.

What's a Gig?

A gigabyte, or "gig" is one of the standard units to quantify data transferred between your network and the Internet. It is represented by the symbol GB and consists of roughly 1 billion bytes. Like other providers, we calculate your monthly usage based on the number of gigabytes used.

How Big is a Gig?

A gig is 1,024 times larger than a Megabyte (MB). With 1 gigabyte you could, on average, do any one of the following:

  • Download 100,000 emails
  • Play over 500 hours of online poker
  • View 200 3-minute videos
  • Watch five 45-minute TV shows
  • Stream over 30 hours of radio
  • Stream nearly 2 hours of standard-definition TV

If you select our Preferred Internet package, which includes a 250GB data plan, here's an example of what you can do in a given month:

  • Watch 35 2-hour HD movies
  • Watch 80 30-minute standard-definition TV shows
  • Watch 400 3-minute videos
  • Surf the web for 400 hours
  • Listen to 9,000 4-minute songs