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Master Geek

# 68096 14-Sep-2010 21:32
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OK how do I "manage" my internet usage going from an unlimited plan down to 20GB?

I've stopped all downloading, youtube, facebook, online gaming
disabled windows updates & virus updates,
and still chew through about 500MB a day!
what more can I do?
Disable pictures when browsing?Tongue out

What else can I do (cheaply) after I've blown my cap?
-read a book
-listen to the radio
-go to the public library
-got to the movies?
-There is an antiquated thing in the corner of the room "television" I might have to switch it on?

Have a look at this
They might have lost the rugby, but winning on broadband plans!

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Uber Geek


  # 379882 14-Sep-2010 22:01
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In just surfing, youtube aside, i use about 300mb a day in about 4 hours.

Another hour each day is spent at the gym. That helps. Makes me sleepy earlier so I surf less.

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Uber Geek


  # 379889 14-Sep-2010 22:18
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upgrade your plan?

start using sneaker net to get shows?

Move to near the wellington waterfront to bludge off trademes new wifi network?



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Master Geek

  # 379968 15-Sep-2010 00:43
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My limit hit me last night.

I think I did pretty well. I managed to last until 5 days to go until the end of my billing period.

I cut back on downloads which was a little tough as I usually get games off steam and I like my documentarys.
Big one was watching streams. On the first couple of days I looked at my usage without any downloads, and I was at 1-2Gb a day just from general web useage, manly watching streams, I think.

I managed to cut down to 400-700MB a day usually. I had already pre-ordered mafia2 on steam so in about 2 hours 5-6 GB had gone down when that came out.

Yeah so around 9pm last night got the email that I had hit the limit, so watched a few streams and did a few updates of programs/games, that was another 4 gig in a couple of hours and now I'm on dial-up speed.

I would like to switch to pro as I feel I could easily live with 40gig but with no option to have the slow down in speed instead of the extra charges I don't feel comfortable with it. If there was a pro plan with the slow-down I would be on it instantly.

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Uber Geek


  # 379972 15-Sep-2010 02:04
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I dont get the desire to have something stop working at the limit, its like if your mobile phone only came with 100 mins on it, and once you had used them up you couldnt talk anymore.

vodafone seem to be happy to sell you 30 or 60 gigs that will die after you have used it, perhaps change to them?


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Uber Geek


  # 379999 15-Sep-2010 08:36
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I was being cautious, well i was still downloading the occasional thing, watching some youtube, facebooking etc but i was being mindful of the cap. However i checked my usage last night, 13gb of 20gb and im only 10days in.. ughhh, yep this is going to be hard work!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 380041 15-Sep-2010 10:45
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yeah, same thing here.. i ran out after 3 weeks last month

now i have no torrents amd im limiting the streaming.. lets see how it goes

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Ultimate Geek
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  # 380053 15-Sep-2010 11:03
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lol my mate had the same problems! was able to get worldnet for 60$ per month and is enjoying it very much! i have read that other people have problems, but for what he using it for, No problems what so ever....


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Uber Geek

  # 380176 15-Sep-2010 15:14
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I used to hate the limiting when I was on Telecom when flatting!

Switched to Telstra when I brought my house, now I just get charged an extre $3 per GB (only on a 1GB per month plan)

With all the online gaming I do, surfing, Wife using TV3 on demand for a couple of shows, we rarely go over 2GB a month. We are both at work during the day which probably helps loads.

I get any large files from friends who are on larger plans which is good too :)

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Master Geek

  # 380243 15-Sep-2010 17:15
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Thank god for Geekzone eh?
Quality surfing for little data.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 380386 15-Sep-2010 23:12
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th3r3turn: lol my mate had the same problems! was able to get worldnet for 60$ per month and is enjoying it very much! i have read that other people have problems, but for what he using it for, No problems what so ever....

Im guessing your mate is doing no downloading then.

-Sarcasm... But seriously !

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