So I've now had a usage monitor running on the desktop Mac for the past few days, and on that machine we are using around 150-200mb per day of Broadband download capacity. It's August 24th and we've used 9.25GB of our August 10GB allowance.
My wife's iPad is used for similar amounts of usage so I would say that's going to be about the same.
The Windows laptop gets used very infrequently so that would be irrelevant in the grand scheme. It only gets turned on 2 or 3 times per month (not unlike MrsDibnah....
If we do manage to use 300-400mb per day between the two devices then over the course of a month that would be where we are - i.e. 9-12GB per month.
Considering we don't download songs (maybe 2-3 per month max) or watch streaming video or download movies or play games, it would seem that a combination of browsing Facebook, AO, eBay, Autotrader, email accounts and the BBC Website (news + sports only) is enough to generate that traffic....
It wasn't very many years ago that a 2GB monthly allowance was the norm and we never got near it.
Does this mean that:
(a) Me and MrsDibnah are voracious browsers and surfers? (we use the internet a fair amount I suppose)
(b) Even seemingly static sites nowadays are fat and heavy in terms of bandwidth usage?
(c) A lot of background data gets exchanged nowadays by various apps/sites? (some of the data count usage increases overnight when we are in bed!! The Mac is still running but not being used)
(d) All of the above.....
(e) Those out there who do watch movies, use iPlayer, download 1,000 songs per month etc - all have 100GB limits or unlimited packages?
Either way - looks like we will need a package upgrade beyond 10GB if we aren't to get penalized with speed restrictions and penalty charges.