Data caps have been in the news a lot lately as Comcast rolls out new 300GB limits on their customers. Whereas going over the 300GB data cap does not get your Internet turned off, it does mean you will face overage charges unless you are willing to pay an extra $35 a month to get unlimited data or $10 for every 50GB over. That $35 a month will add up to $420 a year.
Gigabytes of data can be used every hour you stream an HD movie. To find out how much is used each time you stream, check out our data comparison guide.
Here are a few tips that can help you avoid going over your data cap (and avoid those annoying extra charges).
Find a Different Provider (if possible)
The first thing you could do is get a different Internet Service Provider if there is one in your area that does not have a data cap. I do know in many parts of the United States most providers have data caps, but you may want to look around and see if you can find one that does not. Unfortunately, for many folks in the US, options for ISPs are limited and sometimes monopolistic.
If you’re one of the many folks without an alternative option for your ISP, move on to the next option.
Get an Antenna
Antennas not only bring you a huge line up of channels and content but when using them, the content you watch does not count toward your data cap. With many great shows, movies, and sports aired for free on Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC—all you need in many parts is a cheap antenna to access them.
Though before you run out to the store, check Mohu’s antenna recommendations for where you live. This page will help you make sure you get the right kind of antenna. Plug in your address to find out what free TV channels are available over the air in your area.
Get an Over-the-Air DVR
Do you rewatch Family Guy all the time or do your kids have a favorite show they like? You can use your DVR and antenna to record them just like you did with cable TV. The most popular DVRs for cord cutters are the Tablo, Tivo, and Channel Master. Do your research. They all work a little differently, so make sure to find the one that is best for you. You can also build your own over-the-air DVR with just a few simple steps and equipment.
Once you have an antenna and a DVR, you can save hundreds of GB of data from your data cap just by going to your antenna before you head over to your favorite streaming service. By staying under your data cap, you could quickly be saving hundreds of dollars every year rather than paying for overage fees.