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Topic # 7103 20-Mar-2006 08:58
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The average in my house is about 60GB across 4 people:

mom (credit card)-free web streaming provided by some TV channels from Taiwan comes at about 110MB an hr.
Dad-video streaming from MSN, BBC etc, 80+MB an hr.

Me (network admin)-occasional anime here and there 5GB a pop
older brother-browsing tonnes of flash game sites and a few *wink wink* videos.

With the old 2m plan from orcon this owrks out to a still barly acceptiable 110$ a month, but with the new plans it's gonna push 200$ so I'm considering changing to slingshot 2m, just wonder if anyone is on the plan and their thoughts about it. Is the additional data charge the same with the 256k plan? I assume it the same and turns out that slingshot would have the cheapest 2m plan out there. Refer to my plan comparison sheet if you don't know what i'm talking about.

Right now nothing short of a 2m plan will do since when you get 3 comps downloading anything lower then 2m just drops to a craw.


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Reply # 31070 20-Mar-2006 09:10
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About 10GB/month, two people (me and wife). We both work from home, and the connection is always in use (a server is up 24/7, with Exchange and Newsgator Enterprise Server constantly collecting RSS feeds).





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  Reply # 31072 20-Mar-2006 09:46
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In China, it worked out to be around 80gb... though we didn't have these pesky restricts like we do here in NZ. I also watched TV on that which worked out quite well.

Here in NZ, in the 17 days that I have been connected... we have used 22.38 GB. A big portion of that would be from flatmates but include streaming (video and audio), VOIP, gaming, research, web browsing, download files, legitmate peer to peer, some questionable peer-to-peer/downloading (I know nothing, I just suspect) and the like.

I think as more and more content/services comes online, we are going to need more and more bandwidth and bigger data allowances.




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  Reply # 31083 20-Mar-2006 11:10
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20Gb for me, as I'm on the 1Mbps 700mb/day Actrix plan....  About 1.5hrs worth TV episodes downloads everyday, and if there's still quota left for the day, I'll max it out downloading patches, new beta versions of software, etc.

Internet and gaming use is minimal, it's never more than 100mb/day (3Gb/mth).

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  Reply # 31087 20-Mar-2006 11:42
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I am on a Telecom $39 p/m at 256k with a 1gig cap. Afetr about day 6 the 1 gig is used up and than for the rest of the month we back onto dial up speed. Just wish Telecom can increase teh 1 gig limit to say 5gig for the $39 plan. I have one child at Uni, one at high school and one at primary and they all use the net. We recently installed SKYKE to chat to family in Aus and have noticed that this is using up alot of the 1gig allocation. In total we use about 4gigs.

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Reply # 31088 20-Mar-2006 11:42
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I max out my 20GB from ihug every month. Download movies, tv shows and software - I have a bittorrent client running almost all of the time.




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Reply # 31090 20-Mar-2006 11:56
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Only about 1.5Gb for me. I use the Internet a lot at home, but generally only for web browsing and email. I occassionally download software updates, and content from the Australian iTunes Music Store, but these things never exceed 250Mb per month.

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  Reply # 31094 20-Mar-2006 12:16
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I go through quite a bit, mostly on torrents aswell, unlicensed & fansubbed anime. : ) Plus throw in a few new linux iso's (think Fedora Core 5 is due out shortly).

The flat actually has two connections.
ADSL: 256/128/unlimited
Cable: 2mb/???/10gig/month

The cable is generally used to the full 10gig/month, with the occasional 'oops' and someone having to pay extra. The ADSL was the flats aswell, but (long story) now it's just me that uses it and pays for it. It generally tops 40gb/month.

So I'm on the hunt for a new dsl plan that isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg for over 40gb aswell.




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  Reply # 31096 20-Mar-2006 12:34
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Maxing out 10GB @ 2Mbps every month. 5 adults (we share our connection with our friend/neighbour). All but me are just occasional surfers/trademe/banking/chat.

I generally grab linux isos towards the end of the month, and I download a bit of legal music (can be tough finding good new stuff but its out there...)




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  Reply # 31103 20-Mar-2006 13:41
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Mine is 3GB only myself, downloading movies, musics sample. Web Mastering access CISCO site, chatting, games only. And 1 GB for other flatmate to use. Included in rent. Another house mate has his own one 1GB as well to use for his work when he doesn't want to go to his office.




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  Reply # 31116 20-Mar-2006 16:23
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I would be lucky to get to 2GB on my 3GB cap. 2 adults, 2 children. Occassionally I will use up the balance on a Linux distro
but this would happen only 2 or 3 times a year. Cant wait for the faster 3.5MB plan but cant see the usage increasing any more
than what I currently do.




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  Reply # 31117 20-Mar-2006 16:28
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Just heard apparently fedora core 5 is working it's way onto the mirror sites, and there's already a few torrents popped up aswell.

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  Reply # 31118 20-Mar-2006 16:33
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I'm on the Actrix 350Mb Plan 256/128. I'd on average use 200MB - 300MB Daily, that's for websites, email, music and other stuff i.e online gaming.

The Data is sufficient, the speed SUCKS.




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  Reply # 31128 20-Mar-2006 18:43
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Im on xtra jetstrem plus 10Gb @ 2/192

Im always hard on my cap every month and its only me using. Download about 700mb of TV shows a week. The rest goes on games, music, at least 3 hours of streamed audio a day and a little bit of work. With 3.5Mbs im going to be downloading faster and reaching my limit a lot quicker. Its hard enough trying to stay below at the moment. Looks like im going to have to go for 40Gb a month.......copyrighted content here i come (for anyone in law enforcement, i am of course joking)

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Reply # 31129 20-Mar-2006 19:19
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Whereabouts do you guys go to get hold of television programmes?



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  Reply # 31130 20-Mar-2006 19:33
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In my case some TV channels in Taiwan offer free real time streaming or video on demand of their programmes. Picture quality is tad bit lower then VCD at about 250~300Kbs windows media.

In terms of hours watched it works out cheaper then cable tv, normal cable programmes are 80%+ junk anyway, back when we still had SKY I never watched more then 5 channels.

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