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shibi din Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Can anyone tell me if 10GB a month allowance is a lot?
I currently have an unlimited package, but am considering a switch.
The pc is on most of the day, used on and off for several hours thoughout the day, mainly for surfing sites like this, FaceBook, news sites - just general surfing.
Emails I would say we're not heavy users. Send pictures or attachments occasionally.
Occasionally watch BBC iPlayer, but I would say that averages about 1-2 hours a month.
Sometimes play Mario Kart wirelessly on the Wii.

With this kind of usage would I have to worry about going over on a 10Gb allowance?

Thanks for any help.
shibi din Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
dcx_badass
10GB is nothing, tbh 40GB is pushing the term unlimited, but 10GB is a joke, which ISP is it?


i think OP is meaning they are considering a switch from unlimited to 10MB?:thinking:
#2
10gb isn't loads, but for what you describe it sounds enough?

Unless you start watching a lot more iplayer, or downloading films/music etc I think 10 gb is enough.
#3
I am on the Sky 10gb package (upto 10meg d/l - 10gb monthly limit) which means around 600mb / day. It is mostly ok, I have only approached the limit once, but that was due to d/l a 3gig software package. I watch youtube a fair bit, and the usual browsing ,mail etc and it seems an acceptable amount to me. Also do a fair bit of itunes shopping. Depends if you're a very heavy user I guess. I would say I'm above average here.
banned#4
I think it depends on your usage, weather or not you play games on line or download a lot of music or use peer to peer. For just surfing, then 10GB is quite a lot.

My pc is on all day and evening, used by the whole family for youtubing, forums some on-line kidding games and we use between 11-13 GB per month
#5
I'm with Sky, I've just had to change from 10g to unlimited because I was using more than 10g each month, one thing to take into account is what is the penalty of going over 10g with your ISP ?
with Sky if you go over 2 months out of 6 they automatically upgrade you, no choice!!
I took advantage of their current offer unlimited, free for 6 months, they would have upgraded me anyway but then I would not have got the 6 months free, so I jumped before they pushed me!
I thought I was a low user!!
#6
If you log into mysky you can have it email you when you hit 90% or less if you like. helps you keep an eye on things at least.
#7
I wouldn't go with the 10GB as it's kinda teeny but 20GB should be fine for what you want. Find out from your ISP what the penalties are for breaching the limits, and decide if it's worth going down to the package. You don't want to pay £50 everytime you go over the limits (it's a worst case scenario, as many ISP's will let you breach it once or twice but will warn you when you do, and ask you to upgrade).
#8
Thanks everyone. I'm with AOL at £9.99 p/month unlimited. I found Plusnet today for £5.99 p/month up to 10GB. Still unsure whether I would go over or not. I rang AOL to ask them if they could tell me what my monthly usage is - they were worse than useless!! Don't have a problem with AOL, just thought I might be able to save a few quid a month. My line speed is 2Mb and is only capable of up to 3Mb (according to online checks).


slamdunkin
I think it depends on your usage, weather or not you play games on line or download a lot of music or use peer to peer. For just surfing, then 10GB is quite a lot.

My pc is on all day and evening, used by the whole family for youtubing, forums some on-line kidding games and we use between 11-13 GB per month


Pc is on all day, but not being used all day. When you say play games online do you mean like Mario Kart on the Wii? That's only very occasionally we do that. I sometimes click on a link from here and play a game or two (Donkey Kong one got me a bit hooked!!).

Downloading music - don't think that applies to me - we occasionally download a few songs or an album on Itunes. But I prefer to have a hard copy of a cd, rip it into Itunes then put it on the Ipod from there (that doesn't use bandwidth does it?).

Peer to peer - I don't even know what that means!!
banned#9
No, I meant game garage website games.
#10
slamdunkin
No, I meant game garage website games.


Don't know what that means either!!! So I guess the answer to online gaming is no? lol :)
banned#11
shibi din
Don't know what that means either!!! So I guess the answer to online gaming is no? lol :)


sheeeeesh...you go to a website called game garage, then click on a game and play it.

While I'm here can I recommended a great web application called a search engine, I hear google is quite a good one and will help you work the simple things out for yourself.
#12
dcx_badass
I'd get talk talk, super cheap, super fast, awesome service and a 40GB limit.


I wouldn't recommend talk-talk :whistling: I just had to help move someone away from them as they are useless. Pay peanuts, get monkies is a thing that springs to mind.
#13
dcx_badass
10GB is nothing, tbh 40GB is pushing the term unlimited, but 10GB is a joke, which ISP is it?


BT is kicking us with their 10GB limit. We easily exceed it by 20+ GB a month, through YT and Xbox live.

Planning to switch to O2.
#14
There is an air of hesitancy about this thread. From where I'm sitting the OP's usage seems to be well inside the 10GB limit. The only even moderately heavy usage action on the list is BBC iPlayer, and a couple of hours a month is hardly going to break the bank in that regard. 10GB is more than people seem to think it is. I can't see the OP getting near to pushing that limit personally.
#15
ChipSticks
10gb isn't loads, but for what you describe it sounds enough?

Unless you start watching a lot more iplayer, or downloading films/music etc I think 10 gb is enough.

+1

Sounds like the OP's usage is similar to mine, except I never use iplayer and my usage is about 1.5 gb per month
#16
slamdunkin
sheeeeesh...you go to a website called game garage, then click on a game and play it.

While I'm here can I recommended a great web application called a search engine, I hear google is quite a good one and will help you work the simple things out for yourself.


I thought that's what the misc section here is for!:roll:
#17
slamdunkin
sheeeeesh...you go to a website called game garage, then click on a game and play it.

While I'm here can I recommended a great web application called a search engine, I hear google is quite a good one and will help you work the simple things out for yourself.


Why get sarcastic about it? You obviously subscribe to the "I know something that someone else doesn't, so I'll try and belittle them on an internet forum" school of thought. Although, to be honest you haven't actually given me any useful information.

Carley
how do i know what my monthly usage is?


That's what Im trying to figure out here. I googled first of all, then thought I would come on here and see what folks thought and get some useful information from people. I should have guessed that people like him in the quote above you would come on and start acting all superior. I used [url]www.webuser.co.uk[/url] for a rough guide, but it's quite difficult to say how many hours you spend on various things.

Crazy Jamie
There is an air of hesitancy about this thread. From where I'm sitting the OP's usage seems to be well inside the 10GB limit. The only even moderately heavy usage action on the list is BBC iPlayer, and a couple of hours a month is hardly going to break the bank in that regard. 10GB is more than people seem to think it is. I can't see the OP getting near to pushing that limit personally.


Thanks. So watching iPlayer is heavy usage is it? I thought you had to actually download the programme to your pc for it to count as using bandwidth!! Shows what I know! Some months we never use it, others it's only for a couple of programmes.

hannah19790
I thought that's what the misc section here is for!:roll:


Exactly. :thumbsup:

Thanks everyone, some useful information here.
#18
The OP says that he is considering PlusNet, anybody here with them? are they OK?
banned#19
shibi din
Why get sarcastic about it? You obviously subscribe to the "I know something that someone else doesn't, so I'll try and belittle them on an internet forum" school of thought. Although, to be honest you haven't actually given me any useful information.


I did try...I told you what my monthly usage was and gave a breakdown of my surfing habits. It would have taken all of ten seconds for you to do a little research as to what gamegarage was.

If I had meant playing on-line games with a wii, xBox, PS3 etc I would have mentioned them....as I was trying to be helpful.
#20
doberman
The OP says that he is considering PlusNet, anybody here with them? are they OK?


Good question. I forgot to ask that!!
banned#21
I'm with Plus net and find them very officiant. I'm on an older unlimited tariff that costs £15 a month. but i get it cheaper due to my referrals.


Hope this helps
#22
!0gb is usually plenty for surfing the net etc but as soon as you get to watching videos (youtube iplayer etc ) then thats when your bandwidth goes,
#23
slamdunkin
sheeeeesh...you go to a website called game garage, then click on a game and play it.

While I'm here can I recommended a great web application called a search engine, I hear google is quite a good one and will help you work the simple things out for yourself.


slamdunkin
I did try...I told you what my monthly usage was and gave a breakdown of my surfing habits. It would have taken all of ten seconds for you to do a little research as to what gamegarage was.

If I had meant playing on-line games with a wii, xBox, PS3 etc I would have mentioned them....as I was trying to be helpful.


If you had left out the sarcasm (bolded for easy reference) then you would have saved yourself 10 seconds, my ten seconds is neither here nor there as I have/had no interest in game garage. I read your first post and expressed my general thanks. I quoted your post in order to clarify that, as I didn't know what the things you mentioned were, then I probably don't use them. Maybe I should have spent 10 more seconds typing to explain that, then you might not have had such a sudden headrush believing that you were better than me because you know what game garage is.
#24
slamdunkin
I'm with Plus net and find them very officiant. I'm on an older unlimited tariff that costs £15 a month. but i get it cheaper due to my referrals.


Hope this helps


Thank you. :thumbsup:
#25
Think I'll stick with AOL! As I said my line can only take a max. 3Mb speed, so no point changing for the sake of a faster broadband. Also, don't want to be worrying about how much bandwidth I'm using if we suddenly start watching loads of You Tube vids or watching iPlayer more, now that it's available on the Wii.

Thanks again everyone. Much appreciated.
:thumbsup:
banned#26
I do not think I am better than you....I'd just rather use a search engine to find out something simple like what game garage is, instead of asking on a forum.
#27
slamdunkin
I do not think I am better than you....I'd just rather use a search engine to find out something simple like what game garage is, instead of asking on a forum.


Ok, that's fine. But I didn't come on here to find out about game garage. Thanks for all your help anyway.

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