Burning through 421GB of mobile data in a day

Telstra offered its subscribers free, unlimited mobile data for a day – and some people made the most of this generous offer.

By - February 15, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Australian operator Telstra recently experienced an outage for several hours on its mobile voice and data network, and to make up for it the company offered its subscribers free unlimited data for a day.

Telstra’s free offer included all mobile data used by its personal, business, prepaid, and mobile broadband customers.

Telstra’s free data was available from midnight to midnight on 14 February 2016, and the take-up was hardly surprising.

By midnight, Telstra customers had downloaded 1,841TB of data. “Over the course of the day we had twice as much traffic as we would normally see on a Sunday – or any day,” said Telstra.

One user made the most of the free promotion by using 421GB of data. “Thanks Telstra, I never thought I’d get a chance to try out unlimited 4GX,” Dr Rodney Mckay said on Reddit.

He posted the following screenshot showing his data usage.

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