I have been advised that my broadband allowance is almost reaching its limit and I will thus be charged for extra use. My allowance apparently is 10gb. I phoned my provider asking why this was so for I thought I had covered everything when I became a member. If I wanted to increase then the membership fee would go up. Has anyone had a problem like this. Is it to do with emails i.e the more emails you do the more use of the allowance. Please help. Thanks, Liza
Thank you nontek. Very helpful. I do use emails a lot on my 64 laptop. I also use the Internet to play solitaire, some time for hours on end, the Internet for other things like skype, pcadvisor. I had an aol (am not with aol anymore) email account but it continues to appear and since I had not informed anyone I was no longer with aol so spend a lot of time on it deleting unimportant or keeping other emails. I do not download tunes, play other games etc. Perhaps I am guilty and had better increase my monthly internet account charge. Liza
"I also use the Internet to play solitaire, some time for hours on end, the Internet for other things like skype, pcadvisor."
You need to know that each time you look at a web page of any description you are using up a little of your bandwidth allowance. What happens is that your browser downloads the page to your computer in order to display it on screen. It's not a lot per page, but it can add up over a period. Email isn't going to be the culprit, as Fruit Bat /\0/\ says.
I ask because I have the same problem occasionally in getting near my 10gb monthly limit. If it is BT you can get round the problem by logging in to your Home Hub using the BT FON connection which will be showing as a network you can connect too. It's a legitimate workaround and there is no limit on data, the only downside is it's a slower connection but I find it still pretty good at around 4mbs.
With my wife's and daughter's constant use of iPlayer and YouTube and various other video sites, we can get through up to 5GB - in a day! Fortunately, we signed up with PlusNet when they had a truly unlimited usage policy in place, although at £25/month, it's not cheap.