Sprint wireless data card - odd question from a newbie
I'm having a huge problem with my Sprint wireless internet card and I'm hoping somebody will have some ideas for me to try. I live way out in the country where there's no wired internet, so about my only choice for home internet service is Sprint. It's a wireless data card model # Sierra Wireless USB 598 EVDO modem on CDMA network, and I pay $59.99/month which I'm happy to do. My huge problem is overage charges. They unfortunately have a 5GB/month limit on bandwidth usage, and anything over that is a HUGE fee, I've been getting billed around $200/month the last few months I've had this thing. It's too late for me to get out of my 2-year contract with them, and even if I could I wouldn't have many other options for home internet. I don't have a cell phone with Sprint, just this internet card. I got laid off from my job in January, and can barely afford to pay my mortgage much less $300/month for internet.
The last few months they claim I've used anywhere from 8-10GB per month, which doesn't seem like a lot, but it's over 5GB so bring on the overage fees :( I've been curbing my internet usage as much as possible, avoiding YouTube and watching videos online or downloading big files, but still they claim I'm going way over on my internet usage and don't have any specific numbers to back it up. I'm so frustrated - does anyone have any advice or ideas on how to tell if the data card is actually measuring my bandwidth usage properly? Any hacks to get around this? I'm not trying to take advantage of the system or be a freeloader - I have no problem paying the normal $59.99/month from them, it's just I never knew that the usage limits would be so nazish restrictive and that going over the limits would be so horrifically expensive! Anyone familiar with this wireless internet plan and/or brand of data card? Bring on the ideas - I'm about at the end of my rope here :(