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Data cap: how do you live with it

#1SneakiestNegPosted 1/19/2014 12:14:22 PM
So I was wondering how people with a data cap under 1 tb use the Internet. How do you calculate your use? Is streaming even possible? How about torrents? Can you download games and patches? What happens when you max out? I quit with 4G on my mobile and now hunt hotspots like everyone else. A few hours of youtube and its over for the month. Do you take your laptop to starbucks and dl skyrim?
#2DerPancakePosted 1/19/2014 12:17:22 PM
I usually use around 400Gb, I don't think I need 1TB.
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#3KidInTheHallPosted 1/19/2014 12:19:10 PM
I'm an American, my freedoms are limitless just like my internet usage.
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#4DerPancakePosted 1/19/2014 12:21:06 PM
KidInTheHall posted...
I'm an American, my freedoms are limitless just like my internet usage.


Also this.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 1/19/2014 12:23:30 PM
I've gone over my 100GB cap a grand total of once and that was how I found out I even had a cap. My brother plays XBL a couple hours a day and I used to run a small FTB server on my PC. My mom does Netflix a lot and I install a few games a month. Unless you're constantly torrenting blu-ray rips 100-250GB is actually pretty generous.

A lot of ISPs also don't count traffic towards your cap during off hours. Basically, I can download unlimited data between 12:00 and 6:00 AM and it doesn't count against my 100GB cap. I do that if I want to install something in the 20-30GB range but games that big that I actually want to play are few and far between.
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#6Golden MavenPosted 1/19/2014 12:25:22 PM
Good question. We get 250GB. It's actually quite manageable, but sometimes we really have to start limiting ourselves. December was a close call with everyone getting time off, but January is actually pretty easy since people are busier.

I personally tend to stick with SD for "disposable" stuff (I watch everything on a 20" so it's alright), watch Twitch.tv in medium mode, and carefully consider bandwidth before downloading a large game off Steam.

We could get more bandwidth, but we find 250GB is enough most of the time. We just have to avoid HD for certain things. By the way, a lot of stuff on YouTube is quite small and heavily compressed, spending a whole evening on it isn't that taxing.

Honestly, I don't see how anyone could need 1TB. That would be essentially unlimited to me. 500GB I would consider very comfortable.
#7MaximoomPosted 1/19/2014 12:27:37 PM
I live well, i dont have a data cap.
#8killkountPosted 1/19/2014 12:32:06 PM
I don't think it would even be possible for me to hit my data cap if I had one. Even if I had a constant download going that lasted the entire month the cap would reset before hitting it >_>

1.2mbps ftw
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#9skychanPosted 1/19/2014 12:32:46 PM
KidInTheHall posted...
I'm an American, my freedoms are limitless just like my internet usage.

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#10Bazooka_PenguinPosted 1/19/2014 12:35:06 PM
KidInTheHall posted...
I'm an American, my freedoms are limitless just like my internet usage.


Hilarious.

But yea, me too. I've never actually had a service that capped my usage...
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