When I got my Internet broadband connection with limited download/upload usage (2 years back), the first month bill which I paid was 85$ – 3900 Rs. approx. The plan which I choose from my broadband service provider was 500 Rs. plan but I paid for 3900 Rs. So, Often we exceed our limit usage.
Today, we are going to discuss how to limit your usage on broadband connection and Cut down your Internet bills –
I hope all these mistakes which I made will help you and guide you on limited broadband connection. This is only for users who have limited download/upload usage Connection ( like 500 plan or something ) and not for Unlimited Plan.
Mistake No #1
Don’t Forget to Turn off Automatic Downloads – Often we forgot to turn off the automatic updates of many software, which downloads the latest version of that particular software in background eats our usage quota. One of the major thing is Windows Update – So turn off automatic windows update –
How to Turn off Automatic Windows Update ?
1. Click Start > Control Panel > double-click System.
2. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click Turn off automatic updating
Turn off other automatic updates for softwares like Adobe Reader, Apple Software Update, etc. If we need them, then we should consider to update them manually.
Mistake No #2
We should Know that both surfing and bulk downloading is logged and charged from the free usage quota added to our bill. We may think that browsing some random sites doesn’t include on downloading actually! So we keep on browsing more and more.. We should remember that –
1. In internet usage statistics, we can not separate bulk download data usage [say, downloading a song or some software] and surfing data usage. So both are included to our usage quota.
For Eg : I used to watch lot of YouTube videos. One of the reason to pay high bills, because I cannot say, I have not downloaded anything. Actually I have downloaded the video to watch it in the browser. So, everything which you see in your browser is downloaded first and then its appearing to you.
Mistake No #3
Know the difference between KBps and kbps –
When you check your usage statistics, many users consider KBps and kbps are same, but actually both are different.
kbps = Kilo Bits per second;
KBps = Kilo Bytes per second;
8 bits = 1 bytes => 8kb = 1 KB – similarly for mb, MB, gb and GB.
So know the difference and calculate it.
Mistake No #4
Choose Always Zipped Downloading and Uploading of Files. Why to waste a 10 MB of data transfer when you can compress it to 6-7 MB?
1. When you need to download something, check whether an option is there for zipped download, If so go for it.
2. If you need to email something to someone, then always zip that file using regular windows interface.
3. This can save 1-2 MB per 10 MB of download and upload.
Mistake No #5
Turn off your broadband connection, when not in use. so that it can save some amount of data transfer from applications like yahoo messenger and Google talk etc.
The poor thing is, I was not aware of all these mistakes before – Better change to a unlimited usage plan – Enjoy Surfing and Downloading ;-P
I hope all these mistakes which I made will be helpful to you – so that you don’t pay in future and save your internet bills :)
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