MoneySaving Poll: How much data do you use on your home broadband?

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
Poll started 22 September 2015

How much data do you use on your home broadband?

With streaming, downloads, software and gaming – many people are constantly eating data – yet how much do you use (if you’re not sure you can usually log into your account to see)?

Please give us your best estimate below for your home broadband data usage each month:




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  • wiggerswiggers Forumite
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    Into which category does Cable Broadband fall, Ordinary or Fibre?
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  • What I can't believe is the number of people who don't know how much they use each month!! I know most home broadband is unlimited, but I still like to know how much and how long I am on the computer.
    I use a little program called Networx and it monitors my usage on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
  • EctophileEctophile Forumite
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    BT decided a while back that customers on unlimited broadband would no longer be allowed to see how much data they were using. It is possible, with a lot of jumping through hoops, to trick their system into revealing the data, but most people won't bother (or know how to do it anyway).

    The trouble with using software to tell you your usage is that it won't be able to add up the downloads of all the different gadgets found in a modern house.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
  • zippy08zippy08 Forumite
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    I have Cable, and I responded as Fibre as my connection is >100Mbps.
  • zippy08zippy08 Forumite
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    I had a "Value Statement" from Virgin Media just today, so that gave me a bit of a clue: apparently we used 345Gb in the previous 3-month billing period ~115Gb/month.
    But as with other utilities, it would make sense to have an idea of how much we actually use. I wonder if that should be made a requirement on the ISPs - can't be that hard because they should have the billing data for all their customers.
  • edited 22 September 2015 at 9:24PM
    mjm3346mjm3346 Forumite
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    edited 22 September 2015 at 9:24PM
    BT don't show you on "unlimited" and if you have multiple devices including mobiles it's not worth the effort to try monitor everything especially if you know you will be over the various lower "cap" thresholds anyway.

    Not sure if you can even monitor internet connected TV/Blu-ray data usage and if you use them for streaming they will eat more data and faster than almost anything else.

  • pcman1985pcman1985 Forumite
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    About 100GB as a guess, with a "brilliant" 1-2MBps ADSL connection.

    Luckily the contract ends soon.

    Note to self: Don't go for cheap broadband packages again. They may be cheap but aren't cheerful.
  • Due to location the best download speed I can get is ~1.7 mbps, but then my usage is 5 to10 gigabites per month so that I can manage reasonably well - though 3 mbps would be MUCH better.
  • clpxm39clpxm39 Forumite
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    Ectophile wrote: »
    BT decided a while back that customers on unlimited broadband would no longer be allowed to see how much data they were using. It is possible, with a lot of jumping through hoops, to trick their system into revealing the data, but most people won't bother (or know how to do it anyway).

    The trouble with using software to tell you your usage is that it won't be able to add up the downloads of all the different gadgets found in a modern house.

    So how do you trick BT into revealing your unlimited usage please. I'm ready for hoop jumping :j
  • MurphybearMurphybear Forumite
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    Genuine question, we are on unlimited ordinary broadband and use a lot. Why do we need to know exactly how much we use?
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