Yes, Data Caps Are STILL A THING

Did you know that if you’re a CenturyLink customer they can disconnect you entirely if you go over your data limit? It’s true and other
companies have other ways of dealing with that sort of thing. So, to answer the question
of whether data caps are even still a thing, well
yeah, they are, sort of. They’re much less of a
thing than they used to be but for many providers yes,
still definitely there. Now before I get to far just know that today we’re talking about data caps for internet service providers, not so much for mobile providers. Those data caps are
still very much in play and that probably merits
a video all by itself but that’ll be later,
today it’s about ISPs. Some of them have data caps, some don’t. So if you’re on an unlimited data plan and all of this is moot,
then congratulations, you can just go on to your
merry data hogging way. But for the rest of us, with the exception of the satellite internet users, my condolences to those folks, data caps are usually pretty high and haven’t posed much of a problem. But as streaming becomes more prominent as more and more of us cut the cord, this is something to watch out for. Especially if you are a cord cutter that streaming is going
to eat a lot of data, so this is something we’ve gotta go over. So today I’m gonna talk
about what data caps are, how different companies deal with them, and what you can do to manage them so you don’t run into problems. Let’s dive in. (upbeat music) Now don’t forget to subscribe, hit that bell icon, we’re gonna come back with a lot more videos after this about how to get the most out of
your internet service provider. So for today, data caps. Yes, they are still a thing
for some internet providers. Some like Spectrum, Optimum, Frontier, and others, they have no data caps. Unlimited high speed
data so you can rejoice. You can stream and play and surf and Instagram to your hearts content. Nothing to worry about for you. You can carry on searching for more entertaining stuff
on YouTube I suppose. (upbeat surfing music) The biggest providers though, like AT&T, Xfinity, CenturyLink, Cox, they have data caps on some plans, unlimited data on others and how they offer it varies by provider. So AT&T you can get unlimited data if you’re on the gig internet plan otherwise your cap is set at a terabyte. CenturyLink is similar. On Xfinity and Cox, the
cap is also at a terabyte but in those cases if
you want unlimited data you have to add as much as 50 bucks to whatever your plan cost is. Yikes, not my favorite
thing about Xfinity. But in the final category
are the providers that have painfully small data caps and no great way to get around them. Basically this category consists of satellite internet providers, HughesNet and Viasat. Now Viasat’s plans are
technically unlimited but they have what’s known as a soft cap where they slow down
your speed to a trickle if you go over that cap. Anyway, let’s move on. So what happens if you go over your cap? Well it depends. There are a lot of
different ways companies respond to data overages. Xfinity gives you two
courtesy months to go over your data cap with no consequence and then they’ll charge you 10 bucks for every 50 gigs of extra data you use. CenturyLink will send
you warnings for awhile and if you’re a consistent offender like I said earlier,
they might even shut off your connection entirely. Now here cord cutters
beware, or at least be wary. Streaming is what eats up
the bulk of your data usage. I’m a moderate streamer and here’s what my monthly usage looks like, even I’m kind of creeping up
toward that terabyte of usage. Now over on the satellite internet side where those caps are so much stricter, Viasat and HughesNet will slow your connection to a
trickle if you go over. So your 25 megabit per second connection suddenly gets dropped to one
or two megabits per second. If you’re on satellite internet there is one thing you
can take advantage of. HughesNet has a bonus zone
from two a.m. to eight a.m. where you get an
additional 50 gigs of data. So if you’re going to download
a video or a large file or if you can schedule software updates that sort of thing, use the
early morning hours to do it. Viasat has a similar
bonus data system in place but the hours there kinda
depend on the plan type. So the next logical question is this, how can you avoid running into
the cap in the first place? Well let’s think of it like dieting, only with more TV and
less exercise, thank God. (upbeat workout music) On my calorie tracker, if I look at everything I’m eating, it unfortunately makes me far more aware of how many calories are in every donut, every bowl of breakfast cereal, every Rice Krispie Treat that I consume, it’s not cheerful, it’s not fun but it is illuminating and it makes me much more disciplined. So the first thing to know is that your ISPs website or app will let you track your data usage. Not always as granularly
as a calorie tracker but the principle here is the same. So check it often, especially at first like daily actually because
doing this will help you get to know how much data you’re using throughout the week. Chances are good your weekend usage is heavier for instance. Next, know how much data you’re likely to use in a given activity. Once you know the difference
in data consumption between 4k and 1080p, if you’re trying to avoid a data cap, suddenly that 1080p picture
quality looks just fine. Also, make sure you
double check your devices. If you have a Roku Stick or a Fire Stick plugged into the back of a TV and it’s streaming live
TV and you shut off the TV that does not necessarily
shut off the stick or stop it from streaming. So there is an answer
to the age old question, if a stick streams a show and no one is around to see it, did it
really consume any data? Yeah, yeah it did. And there are no doubt some other tricks for trimming your data usage
or keeping control of that, so throw them in the comments below. Let me know what your
favorite data consumption control tricks are and on your way down give this video a like and
subscribe if it was useful. Thanks for watching everybody,
I’ll see you next time.


  1. Cox just bamboozled me out of an additional 50 bucks a month for unlimited. The minute we went all 4K TV we started hitting the 1TB limit easily. My Plex server isn’t setup yet and I’ve got Disney+ coming so I gotta pay.

  2. -Use antenna more
    -If you are a repeat watcher down and watch
    -use on demand rather than live stream
    -adjust data use (ie like Netflix)
    -turn tv off more and read
    -watch DVDs rather than streaming

  3. Its all about competition Back in the olden days when there was only a few telephone companies you had to pay extra for long distance calls But today with a million way to make a call no one could get away with charging long distance fees The same thing will happen with data limits once more companies start offering internet

  4. I live in a 4 family members household with smart tvs, Netflix, online gaming etc. but we usually only use around 300-400 GB data each month. Also, can you review ISP?

  5. How do people survive on data caps – Have always had decently priced unlimited – not sure how it works in the US though as I’m in the 🇬🇧 great video though Craig

  6. According to my research if you go to the home page of Roku before shutting it off it stops streaming, then shut off the tv.

  7. in all honesty, 1 TB of data is sufficient for 1080p browsing for good 4 member family. Now if you have 4k tv and chrome stick, amazon stick and what not, then that means you can easily spend more money for another 1 or 2 TB. My ISP gives me 3333 TB for 100 mbps… I have never gone over 1.5 TB a month and that too only once… If average income family members are consuming people are consuming even 1.5 TB, that means two things… either they are doing nothing else …or they are using it for commercial work.

  8. We have Sparklight (I think Century Link here just changed their name) and we have 300gb data limit! After 3 overages they automatically bump you to the 600gb plan. But anyway my best tip is to budget your data by day. 300gb/month gives me about 10gb/day. So if I'm averaging much more than that, I know to slow my roll.

  9. I use an antenna with a Tablo DVR to record or watch live the major broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, PBS, etc.) and use YTTV for anything else. The Tablo uses my router but not the modem so no data usage (actually a little to update the 2 week program guide). I also fall asleep to the TV every night so I make sure I have the Tablo on and not YTTV or some other streaming service. I have Comcast internet so data caps are very real.

  10. My isp just doubled my data and halved my peak hour speeds.

    They are so out of touch I actually can't wait to see the tears when starlink and other satellite providers clean thier plate for them…

  11. data caps aren’t high we pay $300 for 200 gigs and we find are selves out and we still have 11 days left and we cut down and use lower quality and do other things to keep it low.
    Edit: we have gci and it is not even satellite it’s copper cables and hughes net is terrible.

  12. I am Comcast internet only, 1 person 1 TV and I am close to going over 1 TB every month. But apparently if you have cable tv you can watch Prime Video thru the TV Box and they don't look at data usage there.

  13. I have century link vdsl 2 80/40 and use like 3tb a month without any probs LOL xfinity was charging me like 50-100 extra a month before i switched just waiting for 1gb fiber now should be within the next few months

  14. ISP with capped need to raise the caps to 1.5TB – 2TB, technology is evolving, streaming, more activities, much like minimum wage. A total scam from ISP that's capping and it's stupid.

  15. Just wait until the PS5 comes out the PS5 games will be 100 GB big and that can cause you to reach your data cap then after that you have to pay a freaking 10 to 20 dollars extra for 50 GB more of data which is stupid it should be illegal to have data caps because if I pay for unlimited data companies should not be allowed to throttle your data or have data caps against you.

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