Steve in Lake Villa, Illinois listens to the podcast and asked: “Xfinity sent me an e-mail or a text message saying that I am over on my data. My home data. I know how we probably got there. We have a couple Rokus and stream pretty much 24/7 in the house. My question is, is there anything I can do to make sure I don’t go over my data cap that Xfinity has now put on for some reason? Or is there another service I can go to that’s unlimited data to the house? “
Steve, there are plenty of home ISPs that don’t saddle you with any kind of a limit on data, so we’d say switch on over to one of them and you’ll be all set…. But can you?
The problem you may run into is that either no one in your area will offer unlimited, or there won’t even be anyone else in your area to switch to.
If you stay with Xfinity, there’s really not all that much you can do to use less data while streaming your shows. You may be able to drop the resolution on what you stream, but playing a lot of video will use a lot of data.
A quick search is only showing us AT&T and Xfinity as ISPs for Lake Villa, if that’s the case, call AT&T and see if they’ll cap your data and what their prices are, we switched to AT&T Fiber and have gotten much better and faster service. You may get lucky too, but the quality of their connections vary depending on the area so you may find that they only provide DSL, for example. Asking neighbors who they use and calling those companies and asking about data caps may be another way to uncover local providers.