Data allowances may not be widely loved, but they are put in place to ensure that everyone has access to the data they need. Exede’s satellite internet plans come with different levels of data allowances, as well as different results for when subscribers go over.
However, if you use a few tricks and best practices, you can keep a closer eye on your data and make sure that you don’t go over your allowance. Let’s take a look at the top three ways you can watch your data usage and stay out of the red:
1) Know what activities are heavy data users.
One of the best ways to prevent going over your data allowance is to first understand the types of activities that use the most data. After all, knowledge is power.
Streaming music and video websites, for example, are very popular, but they are some of the highest consumers of data because they use big files. Just think of it this way – when you’re streaming a song or TV show, it’s a constant use of your available data.
In addition, peer-to-peer file sharing programs also use a lot of data, especially when you’re sharing large files like video. Downloading big files and applications, certain online gaming sites, and extensive use of web cameras or online backup services can also be demanding.
2) Reduce the resolutions
There are also ways to reduce the quality of streaming video or music so that they will use less data. Spotify, for example, allows subscribers to unclick the “High Quality Streaming” box in its settings, reducing the amount of data needed. Pandora is low quality by default, but you’d never know it when listening.
Netflix can also be adjusted with the Playback settings, accessible from the My Profile section of My Account. These settings include one for low quality video, which streams at up to 0.3 GB per hour, and a medium quality up to .7 GB per hour. By comparison, the high quality setting streams at 3 GB per hour. Give the medium setting a try — you’ll use a ton less data and you may not even notice much difference in picture quality.
“The best way to keep an eye on your data consumption is to actually monitor your usage.”
For more information on adjust these settings, check out this article on the Exede Help Center.
3) Check your data usage
While limiting the use of streaming services and lowering the video and audio quality is helpful, the best way to keep an eye on your data consumption is to actually monitor your usage. Exede services, for example, come with access to the MyExede customer portal, where you can log in and see exactly how much data you’ve used up to that point and how much you have left in your allowance.
This information is incredibly helpful. If you’re about to go over your allowance, you can steer clear of heavy data consuming activities. On the other hand, if you’ve only used a small amount of data and it’s coming to the end of your billing cycle, you can stream that movie or share that large file without worrying about going over.
Certain plans also have access to our special Free Zone, which gives access to unmetered, early morning interent use – perfect for night owls and early risers.
For more information, contact Exede today.