Activities that increase data usage on the Verizon network include streaming music and video from applications such as Pandora. Also, activating notifications from applications like Facebook and using video calling features also add to data usage.
Streaming music from music applications such as Pandora requires a constant Internet connection to efficiently work. Additionally, viewing video advertisements played while using the application causes a high amount of data usage. While browsing Facebook, users have access to countless images, which requires a considerable amount of data. For example, streaming a two-minute video over Verizon's 3G network with a smartphone can use 250 megabytes of data.
Facebook also gives access to video files that range from a few seconds to more than one hour in length. Users are also able to utilize the application for video chatting with audio that consumes significant data. For example, a five-minute video call over high bandwidth with a smartphone uses just under two gigabytes of data. Notifications also can add to data usage since this feature also requires an Internet connection.
Using larger visual applications such as Instagram can make data usage high since it primarily displays pictures and videos with high-definition. Finally, using multiplayer games like Clash of Clans consumes large amounts of data since the game requires an Internet connection even when the game is not in use.