What does DOST’s 50MB of free Internet get you?

In Business, Laptops, Phones, Tablets by Ramon Lopez0 Comments

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Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already begun installing Internet access points in the Quezon City Circle. This is in anticipation of a P1.4-billion project that plans to deploy 7,000 public WiFi hotspots across the Philippines before the end of 2015.

Its initial rollout is slated on July 24, and according to DOST, it will offer free Internet access to anyone with a WiFi-capable device, albeit with certain restrictions — chief of which is a 50MB daily data cap. You can’t use it to download stuff from torrent sites, either, which is probably a good thing if we’re to avoid sluggish connections. (You know what I’m talking about.)

But just what can you do with 50MB of Internet traffic? A lot, apparently. I recently put Globe Tattoo’s online data calculator through its paces and found that you can actually get a lot of things done with just 50MB of data. Here’s what I came up with when I played around with the numbers:

* 100 social-media posts with photo
* 12 4-minute digital song downloads
* 170 website views
* 170 60-second, non-HD YouTube clips
* 1,400 emails (text only)
* 170 emails with document attachments
* 3 standard-sized app downloads

I put Globe Tattoo’s online data calculator through its paces and found that you can get a lot of things done with 50MB of data.

Keep in mind that each line represents 50MB of traffic, and that these figures are only estimates. As such, they may not accurately reflect real-world usage.


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Reviews editor: Ramon “Monch” Lopez has almost 10 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.