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My father has been with Bell internet for years. Can't remember when we last had Sprint before we switched. Back when my dad signed up though we got unlimited amount of usage and to this day we haven't switched plans. So, we're grandfathered in.

Obviously, it's not the fastest thing out there and I want it faster. Don't get me wrong, it gets the job done, but come on... This is OCN!

So, my father decided to call up Bell and Rogers to see what they could offer us in terms of speed. When he called Bell, the guy said that we were "only using 1GB each month." When my dad informed me I was a little concerned...

I was mainly concerned because that can't be the case. I'm CONSTANTLY on my PS3 playing online, on MSN/Facebook/OCN, my sister and I download music like crazy, and my brother comes over from his apartment almost every other day to surf the net, download music, tweet, facebook, etc.

Think this guy is pulling our leg or could this be legit? I don't know much about internet so that's why I'm here. If this is true... We could get internet 3x as fast, 80GB a month for not much over what we're paying now. But once we go over the cap they will MURDER us with fees.

Inputs, please Cheers!
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1) Download ~500 GB worth of pr0n
2) Call Bell
3) ???
4) Profit.

It's a surefire plan.

But if your usage pattern is as says I would not believe him, and would suspect they may try to place you on a plan to capitalize on overages.
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general browsing doesn't use more than a few megs per day (including facebook etc...)


Music can use 5-10 megs per song.

So yeah 1 gig with without alot of torrenting is plausible. I download 1.4+ gigs of movies on some days (uncopyrighted of course)
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We don't torrent at all. What worries me is the amount of bandwidth my PS3 online takes up. I tend to download a lot from the store as well whether it's demos or full games!

Is there anyway to track how much we use?
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I have pay as you go wireless internet so i monitor my traffic regularly. I spend a lot of time on the internet. Without going to youtube and watching 1080 movies, or download the latest distro of ubuntu 1GB is still not that much. I suggest downloading A LOT of whatever just to download it. here is a linux iso to get you started. this is a legal download (not illegal) and its about 700MB download once or twice and check your usage at the end of the month.
http://mirror.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/li...apan-amd64.iso
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First of all, you can check your internet usage for yourself every month by logging in to Bell site. It even keeps records of your usage for the whole year.

2nd I advise you to make the switch to cable now.

Long story short, all internet infrastructure in the country is mostly owned by Bell and Rogers or some other major company in Ontario. Any other DSL provider is just a reseller of Bell, and any other cable provider is a reseller of Shaw or Rogers.

I suggest you check out some of the resellers since they do not ****ty 80GB download caps. CIA, teksavvy and Acanac are the most popular ones right now. These plans are so much better for the money than what you'd get at Bell.

All resellers of Rogers. However some areas are slow right now due to bad infrastructure and highly congested areas like Kitchener and Richmond Hill. If you live in Mississauga or Ottawa you should be fine though since they recently upgraed the infrastructure there.

DSL is a lot slower @ 5 megabit but the speed is more consistant and stable in most other areas. However Bell is not letting their resellers sell their faster ADSL2+ connections that can do 16megabit or 25megabit.

Downfall is that they all have somewhat big activation fees, since they pay a guy from Rogers or Bell to do it for them.

PM if you got any questions. I recently switch my ISP to get away from Bell and went through this process quite recently.
Edited by darksideleader - 12/29/10 at 7:25pm
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Download a simple program that adds up download, use your pc as normal for a month, and check the program. Simple
post #8 of 8
Man I up at least 100GB a week and download 20-30GB's at least, that's just torrents however. The rest of my internet usage probably isn't that bad... A game or two for a few hours online every day, some browsing, instant messaging, and that's it...

1GB per month usage sounds like a bogus number to me though...
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