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Understanding your data use

05 May 2015
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Have you noticed there’s rarely a moment when we’re not streaming, scrolling or swiping these days? Check out my tips for keeping your data use in check.

Now that’s nothing to feel guilty about. That’s why we increased the data inclusions on all our UNLIMITED plans. With extra data to keep the good times scrolling you’ll need to stay on top of your usage.

Play around with the amaysim Data Calculator

Getting to know your usage habits is a great way of staying in control of your data use and deciding whether you’re on the right plan. But you’d be surprised by how much of the good stuff you manage to chip away at every month – so don’t underestimate how much data you actually use.

Why not take the amaysim Data Calculator for a spin? Pop in how much time you spend doing certain things online and you’ll get an estimate of how much data you might typically use in a month, which can help you decide what amaysim mobile or data plan will suit you best.

Use Wi-Fi where you can

Free Wi-Fi is like pizza – even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

Connecting to Wi-Fi where you can means that you can save the data in your plan for when you’re out and about. Get in the habit of connecting to Wi-Fi where you know the connection will be reliable, like at home or work. There are actually a bunch of places that offer free Wi-Fi, so always keep your eyes peeled for one that you can connect to.

Are you on 4G?

There are a lot of myths floating around about 4G, the most common of which is that 4G uses more data than 3G – but consider this 4G myth busted. 4G actually uses the same amount of data as 3G to perform individual tasks, it just does things faster. Working at a faster pace means that you can do more with 4G data than you would with a 3G service, but doing more also runs the risk of going over your data limit. To stay ahead you can use any one of these services to check your data balance:

  • Log in to My amaysim to track your data usage, or use your free amaysim app for Apple and Android;
  • Text ‘BAL’ to 568 to see how much data you’ve got left in your monthly plan; and
  • Pay attention to our data usage alerts – we’ll let you know when you hit 50%, 85% and 100% of the included data in your mobile or data plan by email and text message. You should adjust your data usage when you start getting closer to your limit.
  • If you do go over your limit additional data is 7.2c/MB or $10/1GB

If you have any more questions about your data usage head to our online Help and Support – it’s available 24/7 and has heaps of answers just waiting for you!



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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.