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    Unhappy 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

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    1. If they never told you about the overage charges and what they cost, you have cause for a civil complaint. Consult a lawyer on this.

    2. If it was buried in your agreement but you never took the time to read or understand it, you don't have any recourse.

    3. How does the cost of the card compare with an option like Hughesnet? With overages, does Hughesnet compare favorably?

    4. Typing "How to monitor your bandwidth usage" into Google resulted in a lots of hits for programs that let you monitor this and set quotas to keep you from going over. You should be able to find a software solution.

    5. Asking for advice on how to get free bandwidth on an EVDO card violates the terms of service for this board and could result in banning.
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    5gb limit is stupid but what can you do. My sis has the same thing and she and her husband do nothing vid or pic wise online. They still max out. They unplug the card after ever use as well. Card wise there isnt many other options. If you can go somewhere else i would. It would be worth the cancellation fee if your using alot of bandwidth. I think they said they were going to dish network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    5. Asking for advice on how to get free bandwidth on an EVDO card violates the terms of service for this board and could result in banning.
    wow what a reply - preachy AND useless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djbetter View Post
    wow what a reply - preachy AND useless!
    How's this for a reply.

    If you don't like the forum rules, go elsewhere. If you think Bugbyte is being preachy I think you had better have another look at his reply. He was trying to give you the correct information in a concise manor. He is also an admin on this forum and one of his roles to enforce the rules. He was letting you know that asking how to hack the EVDO card is against said rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djbetter View Post
    wow what a reply - preachy AND useless!
    Actually, I was trying to be nice. But, I'll put on my DarquePervert hat and tell you exactly what I think.

    I'm sorry you got laid off. Truly, I am. That sucks and I hope you find a new job soon. But in the meantime you had better be in cash conservation mode instead of paying $300 a month internet bills. Stop using the EVDO card and go to the library to use their computer for the job search. That's really the cure for this problem.

    You made a mistake. You put your signature on a contract for an EVDO account that specified your costs including overages. Sprint doesn't have any agreements that don't specify the costs but you didn't pay any attention because you either didn't read it or you didn't think you'd go over that. You also didn't think it was an issue because you agreed to sign up for two years of service without an out clause.

    The cheapest thing you can do is stop using the card and pay the monthly fee until it runs out or the cancellation fee, whichever is cheaper. Coming on this forum and violating the terms of service to expose it to the owners to the risk of being an accessory to theft of services is NOT an acceptable option so take the question elsewhere.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    try millenicom!

    Quote Originally Posted by djbetter View Post
    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
    i use millenicom for my car. they are a reseller of sprint and offer the same plans, and they also have a unlimited plan for 10 dollars more. that should stop your overages and hopefully you almost out of a contract. check out millenicom HERE.

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