Virgin Mobile Unlimited Data – Not So Unlimited Anymore

As you probably know by now if you read HTMLCenter or CenterNetworks on a semi-regular basis, I am a happy user of the Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 with their $40/month unlimited Broadband2Go plan. It’s been a fantastic resource over the last 5 or 6 months; enough so that I even cancelled my satellite Internet service in favor of it. Unfortunately, that may be coming to an end very soon.

How Much Data Do You Use?

As I mentioned last month, I took the plunge into Windows Phone 7 on the AT&T network. For me, this is the first smartphone I’ve owned on my personal cellular account. I’ve had two other smartphones in the past; a Samsung Windows Mobile device on Verizon about 8 years ago and an iPhone 3G on the AT&T network for the last two years; but I’ve never had to track my usage or pay for those, as they were provided by my employers at the time. With the iPhone, at least (I’m not sure about the Samsung device), the data plan was unlimited, so there was nothing to track.

However, with my new Windows Phone handset, I selected the lower-tier data plan on AT&T’s network (200 megabytes of data for $15/month).

How Much Bandwidth Do You Use?

I was doing some research into my various Web hosting accounts the other day to see what services we absolutely need from a host. I noticed that, according to our log files, we are using between 125 and 175 gigabytes of bandwidth each month on one of our accounts and at least 175 gigs/mo. on our other account. We’re averaging approximately 300-500 visits each day.

Granted, on both of our sites, we offer a lot of large downloads, so that accounts for a great deal of our bandwidth. Still, though, I cannot even imagine what we would be paying for that type of usage if we were stuck in an older hosting plan.

How much bandwidth are you using on an average basis? Do the numbers mentioned above sound utrageous, or are they fairly standard? What are your thoughts?

FreeMeter – A Bandwidth Meter

After my unfortunate adventures with the bandwidth limitations of my Internet connection, I decided to search the Web for some sort of utility that would help me monitor and hopefully limit my downloads and uploads.

While I didn’t find anything that would actually limit my downloads and uploads (no utilities that would temporarily disable my Internet connection if I got close to my limits), I did find a really nice utility for monitoring my connection.