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Why Does Spartan Camera Offer Real Data And Shared Data Plans?

Data has changed a lot over the years. We used to pay for everything separately; text, call, data, roaming, and TAXES. Now we have unlimited phone plans and bundled subscriptions to our favorite streaming services. Working on the same principles as your mobile devices, cellular data is used by the camera to transmit pictures, video, and status reports. All cellular cameras need this data to function, but each trail camera company has a different way of selling you remote access. At Spartan, we want you to be able to choose how your data is used and which carrier works best for you.

As of July 13th, 2021, Spartan Camera provides Shared Data Plans to help you manage your data consumption. Spartan Shared Data Plans effectively allow you to manage how each camera uses data. Why is data management so important? If you’ve used trail cameras before, you’ll know that not all cameras will consume the same amount of data once they’re put in the field. Differences in the camera models, settings, and activity around the camera are all factors that can affect how fast your data consumption can change.

Each plan has a set amount of cameras that you can add to it in order to share data. You can select a plan that best fits you and add cameras to that plan. That means if you have 10 cameras, you can add all of them to our largest data plan, which gives you 12GB for a year and lets you split the data usage between 10 cameras. Each camera will have a $5 dollar per month charge and will be attached to the first camera’s data plan. This will help you save money on how you use your cameras. 

Before we released our new plans, you could get a single-camera plan for as low as $15.99 per month. However, if you had two cameras, you would have had to buy two separate data plans. With the new plans, you can pay $20.99 for 2 cameras on a shared data plan rather than $31.98 for two separate plans. 

 

Text of “Spartan Shared Data” on the left of the image and table has text and pricing for the Spartan Shared data plans available.   Table Row 1 -  Column 1: Shared Data. Table Row 1, Column 2: Price. Table Row 1, Column 3: Add A Line.  Table Row 2 -   Shared data for 12 months provides 12 gigabytes of data for $199.99. You can add a line up to 9 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $60 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 3 -   Shared data for 6 months provides 6 gigabytes of data for $109.99. You can add a line up to 9 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $30 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 4 -   Shared data for 3 months provides 3 gigabytes of data for $64.99. You can add a line up to 4 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $15 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 5 -   Shared data for 3 months provides 1 gigabyte of data for $35.99. You can add a line up to 4additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $15 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 6 -   Shared data for 1 month provides 2 gigabytes of data for $35.99. You can add a line up to 9 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $5 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 7 -   Shared data for 1 month provides 1 gigabyte of data for $22.99. You can add a line up to 4 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $5 added to the total price mentioned previously.   Table Row 8 -   Shared data for 1 month provides 500 megabytes of data for $15.99. You can add a line up to 2 additional cameras to the data plan. Each camera added will be an additional $5 added to the total price mentioned previously.

All Spartan Data Plans are “real data”. We don’t believe in limiting you to a specific number of photos or videos. “Real data” lets you make the best decisions for your use. Our data plans are prepaid for what you’ll need to use. All of our data plans allow you to request HD pictures and video or Livestream with the Spartan GoLive. If you decided to go with your provider you’ll need to purchase premium credits to access HD picture and video transmission. By purchasing directly from Spartan Camera, you can connect shared data plans for ATT and Verizon. With our new Spartan Shared Data Plans, you’ll be able to factor in your usage per device based on time spent and the type of media captured.

Spartan Cameras will send you thumbnail photos and allow you to retrieve HD photos or videos upon request. By determining how much one image will cost, we can determine how much content a 500 MB will get you. 1000 Kilobytes (1000KB) is equivalent to 1 Megabyte (1 MB). The GoCam and Ghost will, at minimum, use 50KB of data per normal thumbnail image (640px*480px). The GoLive at a minimum will use 125KB of data per normal thumbnail image (800px*480px). A livestream from a GoLive will use between 200-900 KB per second.

Below is an example of how a 500 MB data plan may consume data over time for each category: Video & photo estimates are approximate, actual delivered content will vary depending on file size and signal strength. Keep in mind we are not responsible for any data overages. Check out our data calculator

In general, video data can increase significantly by the movement in the video. For example, a strong wind moving the leaves of the trees, shrubs, or grass could increase the data used. By retrieving normal thumbnail images, you optimize data consumption by choosing which “thumbnails” require a video, HD  photo, or livestream. 

 Infographic about the Spartan GoLive 500 megabyte data plan. A Spartan GoLive and logo on the left. On the bottom is the suggested size disclaimer: “Suggested Size - Actual delivered content will vary depending on file size and signal strength. Video and photo estimates are approximate. We are not responsible for any data overages.”  Image sizes, type, and amount of photos are listed on the right of the image: 4000 normal thumbnails photos. Each photo is 800 pixels by 480 pixels will use an estimated 125 kilobytes of data. 1500 normal thumbnails photos. Each photo is 1376 pixels by 768 pixels will use an estimated 345 kilobytes of data. 200 8-Megapixel High Definition photos. Each photo is 3264 pixels by 2488 pixels will use an estimated 2.5 megabytes of data.  250 High Definition videos. Each video can either be 800 pixels by 480 pixels or 1280 pixels by 720 pixels, and will use an estimate 2 megabytes every 10 seconds. 67 Full HD videos. Each Full HD video is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels and will use an estimated 7.5 megabytes of data every 10 seconds.  62 Full HD livestreams. Each livestream video is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels and will use an estimated 133 kilobytes of data per second.


Contributors:  Kyle Wei, Kevin Warstadt, and Sanclara Daigle

Sources: 

https://support.spartancamera.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042329813-How-much-data-is-used-to-transmit-photos-and-videos-

https://support.spartancamera.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500002914221-Data-Saving-Tips

https://support.spartancamera.com/hc/en-us/articles/4404759960083