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Posted: 09/18/19 04:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We spend summers at our cottage. The only internet available is cell. We use between 6 and 10 GB a month. Anything over that gets very expensive.
Its just enough to live by. No YouTube, videos or huge attachments etc.
I get my fill of news everyday, keep in touch with family.

My favourite news app for this is called Newsflash. You can set it to text only and have just the headlines showing.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/newsflash/id472447733

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On an Android smartphone you can get a close estimation on usage from the phone itself.
Touch settings, then touch network and internet,
This should be the screen that then allows you to do any of the following,
Turn on wifi
Turn on Hotspot
and one spot should show data usage. If you touch that you can set the dates for the data cycle to whatever ones you wish, and then monitor the amount used from this screen whenever you wish.
Just use the hotspot for your e mail and news reading a few days and you should have a good idea.
The phones measured data may be a little off as compared to the carrier, but they usually are withing 5% or so.

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I don't do anything more than it sounds like you do except my wife and I do play some of the games on Facebook. I don't think I have ever used less than 50 GB/month. When I changed computers and had to updated everything I used about 100 GB that month. We full time and a cellular connection is our only option so everything runs through or MiFi.


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Updates to phones, computers, tablets, and antivirus will need data too. It can be considerable.

Also if you leave devices connected to your hotspot while you’re not using them, they’ll sit there and update newsfeeds, and every app in the world is written to report on you back to the mothership.

Apps like Facebook need to be completely killed if you don’t want it consuming data in the background 24/7. Or set all such apps to have internet access only when in use.


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We have an unlimited data plan on our hotspot, now. However, prior to getting the unlimited plan, our usage was just what you are describing (two laptops on the hotspot, two phones, lots of email, forums, Facebook and news sites with a few videos, plus some photos and videos of the grandkids). We had a 22GB plan at the time and typically used between 1/2 and 2/3 of our data allowance.

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I'm on T mobile and I had them add hotspot for $15 a month. Sooooo much better than campground wifi. Just as fast as a cable connection.


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I own an RV park with free WIFI (a very fast, dependable system, I might add

After reading this thread just being curious I looked at our tracking system
for usage of the top 25 users for last 30 days.
Highest user: 96.13 GB in 30 days.
Lowest user : 21.08 GB in 30 days.
Avg. for these 25: 46.83 GB

Just for info.

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parkmanaa wrote:

I own an RV park with free WIFI (a very fast, dependable system, I might add

After reading this thread just being curious I looked at our tracking system
for usage of the top 25 users for last 30 days.
Highest user: 96.13 GB in 30 days.
Lowest user : 21.08 GB in 30 days.
Avg. for these 25: 46.83 GB

Just for info.


Great info and congrats on having good WIFI! Not many parks have good WIFI throughout and I certainly understand how difficult and costly it can be to do this.

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Am I miss reading the info from the cell company, just what, for example is 6/GB. 6/GB Day....6/GB month? The month figure seems to be worthless. Even the 'unlimited' package I'm looking at is 22/GB per/?


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Hi,

Those are all 'per month' figures. The 22 gig may just throttle. On Sasktel throttle is to 2meg per second after 30 gigs--good enough for netflix. Most others are 512. (.512 meg). That makes video a bit harder to do.

agesilaus wrote:

Am I miss reading the info from the cell company, just what, for example is 6/GB. 6/GB Day....6/GB month? The month figure seems to be worthless. Even the 'unlimited' package I'm looking at is 22/GB per/?



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