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Life on throttled data - justjim - 07-11-2019

My 5 gig T-mobile hotspot has unlimited streaming on approved services but when a certain neighbor FROM CANADA accidentally connects to it, he drains the usable 5 gigs pretty quickly.

Damn Canadians

Anywho I have been trying to up load a you tube video and none of the services have had good up load speeds where I am. I was trying my Sprint hotspot but it kept dropping the up load around 50%. I was about to drive into town for a better signal but decided to try it on the throttled T-Mobile hotspot. I knew I could watch you tube simply by starting a video and then pausing it until it downloaded enough that I could start watching it, at least the up load could take as long as it needed.

It took 6 hours for a 11 minute video but sometime around 1 AM it finished and I was able to get it published.

It gave me a chance to see what is possible on throttled data with a average speed of 256k. Everyone worries so much about POSSIBLY being throttled IF they are over 22 gigs and IF they are on a congested tower. The reality is that you can still do a lot IF you just CALM DOWN and have some freaking PATIENCE.

The video is about the installation of my A/C into the Microwave cabinet.


RE: Life on throttled data - GotSmart - 07-11-2019

I thought you were done with that installation? Confused


RE: Life on throttled data - Wayne49 - 07-11-2019

Does the darn Canuck know the password to your hotspot?


RE: Life on throttled data - frater secessus - 07-12-2019

(07-11-2019, 07:38 AM)justjim Wrote: The reality is that you can still do a lot IF you just CALM DOWN and have some freaking PATIENCE.

Thanks for bringing this up;  people really need to hear it.  I threw together a page on bandwidth conservation for new folks looking to slim down the data.


Life on throttled data - Blanch - 07-12-2019

I have a US cellular hotspot that roams on Verizon. 4gb and then unlimited 2g. I’m able to do a lot with it, it just requires some patience. I am able to download movies from Netflix, text, check my social media, and get my email.

Unlimited 2g isn’t very exciting, but it allows me to always have connectivity unless I am in a spot with no signal whatsoever.




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RE: Life on throttled data - tx2sturgis - 07-12-2019

It's been exactly 2 years since I got my Mobley....it is now technically 'off-contract'....I'm waiting to see if the monthly rate is gonna go up or stay the same.

It has worked so well for 2 years I'm hoping it slips 'under the radar' as far as rate hikes go.


RE: Life on throttled data - B and C - 07-12-2019

You should be grandfathered in unless you change something with ATT. No under the radar about it.


RE: Life on throttled data - tx2sturgis - 07-12-2019

Yes, I hope it stays the same....but you know they often have a way of getting more money when contracts expire.

My home U-verse internet that used to be $25/month for 12mb/s (two year contract at that rate and speed) has slowly increased over several years to the $60/month that I now pay. 

Jim posted the heads-up about the Mobley more than 2 years ago on the other forum and it has been a nice piece of gear at a good price.


RE: Life on throttled data - B and C - 07-12-2019

Yep, I have one too. I had to get a buck converter that put out 14V to keep it from timing out. The 12V converter I originally bought started letting it go to sleep after they removed the never sleep option.


RE: Life on throttled data - tx2sturgis - 07-12-2019

Yep, mine times out too, seems to always happen right after I have composed a long forum post, and POOF all my work disappears as I hit SUBMIT or POST and the browser tells me 'You are not connected to the Internet'...

Why cant browsers have a little beep or bell or red icon that pops up when they become disconnected from the web?....seems like a simple thing to do.

Huh