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The amount of data you use is measured in “bytes,” while the speed you can move data is measured in “bits.” For example:

“The average cable Internet plan has a download speed of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps), and a data cap of 1024 GigaBytes (GB).”

MB vs GB: What’s the Difference?

This is confusing for non-techies, but to put it simply:

  • MB: MegaByte (a million bytes of data)
  • GB: = GigaByte (a billion bytes of data)

You will likely see the term GB used in conjunction with data caps, which some providers use to limit the amount of data you can consume. These can either be hard capped (service is not available after exceeding the stated amount) or soft-capped, meaning you will simply experience slower speeds — and potentially, additional charges.


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