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Old 13-10-2012, 16:35
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We have the BT deal with 40gb a month which we've never come close to using, yet this month we're already nearly at our 40gb limit!

The only thing i can think it is is my son and his friends were on Youtube for ages last weekend, would it be this?
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Old 13-10-2012, 17:22
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probably. a HD stream can be about 1gb an hour. there are full 2 hour concerts online from radiohead, alicia keys etc
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Old 13-10-2012, 17:59
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40GB is really low for this day and age.
I think I would use that up in just a few days using and uploading my HD videos to youtube LOL.
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Old 13-10-2012, 18:03
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I would be looking for another broadband company. 40gb does not last very long.
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Old 13-10-2012, 20:59
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well i have just been upgraded to 40GB .. i have had 10GB for 18 months, and only ever gone over 4 times in the 18 months. and the most i have used was 16 GB.. so not every-one is a heavy user.
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Old 13-10-2012, 21:01
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AS for your question YOUTUBE normally does not use a lot. but the hour long concerts will.
are you uploading files. games . films and the like?
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Old 13-10-2012, 21:30
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We have the BT deal with 40gb a month which we've never come close to using, yet this month we're already nearly at our 40gb limit!

The only thing i can think it is is my son and his friends were on Youtube for ages last weekend, would it be this?
It seems to be changing. You used to have pretty standard sized items but you can now see things taken by phones that are a third the size of what they woudl have been a few years ago (say 12 rather than 36 mb for 4 minutes) Then there was nothing that was much over 10 minutes. Now there are two hour shows that need 600Mb to download. If you have a quick connection and down load big items you could use up a lot. They also have HD now which also takes more.
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Old 13-10-2012, 22:07
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We have the BT deal with 40gb a month which we've never come close to using, yet this month we're already nearly at our 40gb limit!

The only thing i can think it is is my son and his friends were on Youtube for ages last weekend, would it be this?
If you use YouTube a lot, I don't think 40GBs will be enough for your monthly usage limit.
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Old 14-10-2012, 15:29
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If you use YouTube a lot, I don't think 40GBs will be enough for your monthly usage limit.
Depends how fast your system is. If its modern fibre you can download multiple big downloads at once. If its rural primitive and slow its almost physically impossible to get past 20gb a month without losing the will to live as things download slowly one at a time.
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Old 15-10-2012, 16:48
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Depends how fast your system is. If its modern fibre you can download multiple big downloads at once. If its rural primitive and slow its almost physically impossible to get past 20gb a month without losing the will to live as things download slowly one at a time.
I disagree. I live in deepest Hampshire and even though our exchange is still on BT's ADSL Max I don't have a problem with downloads.
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Old 15-10-2012, 19:25
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I disagree. I live in deepest Hampshire and even though our exchange is still on BT's ADSL Max I don't have a problem with downloads.
Its going to be better if you are near the exchange and at the higher end of the speed range available , but when you are further out on BT ADSL and it takes 35 minutes to download a 45 minute show on youtube , and you can only do one at once, you just physically can't download that much without spending inordinate time doing it. On rough reckoning I would take 5 days downloading non stop to get over the BT limit.

If the OP is on fibre or something more modern, it is entirely possible to download multiple 170 - 400 MB episodes of shows on youtube at once and pile up the totals quickly. As the OP didn't say what speeds they were getting, it could be a real factor in deciding if youtubes could indeed be the culprit.
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Old 15-10-2012, 22:41
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If you download or watch streaming vids, then it will use a lot of MB. But just watching normal youtubes uses very little!
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Old 16-10-2012, 17:51
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Its going to be better if you are near the exchange and at the higher end of the speed range available , but when you are further out on BT ADSL
I think that people get a wrong idea of what rural locations are really like. All of the villages around here have small local exchanges and although they only offer ADSL Max, the majority of subscribers live quite close to their local exchange and so LIne Rates are often very close to the 8Mb/s maximum.

Of course there are isolated dwellings, a long way from the local exchange but they in the minority and far from the norm.
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Old 16-10-2012, 18:00
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People still have download limits on home broadband?!?!

I thought that was a thing of the past, I have enough trouble trying to stick to my phone's data limit, keeping track of my home broadband would just get ridiculous!! I need 40gb a day!!
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Old 17-10-2012, 04:24
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For the extra cost go for unlimited and remove the worry about going over limit.
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