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Data usage & Netzero

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by sigma1914, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Currently, I have Uverse for my ISP. Due to my disability I use my laptop for everything including phone calls via Skype. Sometimes Uverse craps out requiring a unplugging of a box in our garage that I can't do.

    What I need is an internet connection in case I desperately need to make a call via Skype. Netzero offers a small device to act as a hotspot with different data plans...

    200 MB - Free for up to a year
    500 MB - $9.95
    1 GB - $19.95
    2 GB - $34.95
    4 GB - $49.95

    Does anyone know how much data a Skype call (no video, just to a cell) uses so I'll know which plan I need?

    Does anyone have any experience with Netzero?
     
  2. hilmar2k

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  3. sigma1914

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    Great, now I have to do math. ;)

    Worst case scenario ... 4 different 10 minute calls = 2,400 kb/s = 2.34375 MB

    Right?
     
  4. hilmar2k

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    My math says at the high end of Skype's range, it is about 7.5 Mb per minute call. So 40 total minutes would be 300 Mb.
     
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    We'll go with your math. :)
     
  6. hilmar2k

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    Well, it did involve the use of Excel......;)
     
  7. P Smith

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    if they are measure in kilo bits per second, then divide your total to 8 or 10 ;)
     
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    Crap....forgot that step. So my number is off by a factor of 8. That makes the total 37.5 MB.
     
  9. P Smith

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    what would lead to FREE service;

    actually, if you'll see "spilling of" the limit, you always could buy new plan
     
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    How much effort / cost would it take to relocate the box that needs resetting to where you can get to it easily.

    My son is physically handicapped and can not reach the modem and router on our service. I got him a cheap surge suppressor power strip and plugged each of them into it. Now all he has to do is flip the switch that is easily gotten to ( placed it on top of his desk ) and he can turn them on and off to reset them both at the same time.

    My second son had netzero for a couple of years. It is the worst service I have seen. super slow.
     
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    For a backup service I use FreedomPop, 500MB for free each month. The device only cost me $99 and if I return the hotspot, I will receive the $99 back. FreedomPop uses the same network at netzero (Clear).
     
  13. sigma1914

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    Thanks for the suggestions but unfortunately it can't be moved.
     
  14. hilmar2k

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    Would the remote controlled outlet I linked to work?
     
  15. P Smith

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    or X-10 gadgets ?
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Actually, yes for something else I have. Thanks!
     

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