All of our options for internet are satellite or cell so based on data usage. I miss the old days when we had non-stop flat fee internet with our cable provider but we knew this was something we would have to deal with when we moved to the country a year ago. The trade off was worth it. It's just a bit inconvenient.
I'm glad to hear that you've been satisfied with the service. Do you normally use all your data in a month and experience the slower speeds? I'm just wondering if you can still check facebook and email when the speed is throttled back (or whatever the terminology is).
We will likely use up our anytime allowance regularly. My uncle-in-law and mother-in-law are retired and live with us so they are home most of the time using data. Neither one is having an easy time understanding the limitations when you have an "allowance" since they have always had flat fee cable internet access. ;-\
I've not heard of the "smart browsing" feature. Does that mean it's not available in my area? How would I find out?
What does a "relaxed bandwidth period" mean exactly? Are we actually using more than it's showing on our little monitor? I'm trying help them understand what they can "afford" to do and stay within our allowance. (I've already encouraged them to do any downloading of books etc. between when they get up and 8 a.m. to take advantage of that night time allowance.) If this isn't going to be realistic for the first 20 days, I will wait to really assess until after that.
Thank you so much for your response!
Thank you, Champion Charles! We don't have any really good phone options. We've been functioning with our cell phones since we moved a year ago. Our reception is a little spotty so we usually need to sit in one of a couple of spots to have a conversation. That's not a problem for me. I totally despise talking on the phone. My mother-in-law on the other hand...she's a talker! She lives with us and gets frustrated when a call drops or cuts in and out so the phone is for her. :-) It was going to cost us $1,200 to have an actual land line installed (that should tell you just how far off the grid we are!) and I just can't justify that chunk of change if we have other options.
We don't do any gaming, would like to stream on-demand from Directv or Netflix occasionally, but mostly our basic internet (Facebook, browsing, occasional apps like Candy Crush) is what we need. Hopefully this will work for us.
Thanks again for your assessment!