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Old 8th July 2005, 19:09   #1
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Got a shock when I found that this months touchtel bill was Rs 11k

The deal is 200 free call + 1 free GB download for Rs 1000. My bill is typically Rs 2000 +/- 5000. If I look at the bill items, it states that I have down loaded 6000 units on one day and 3000 on another day.

The only thing I did was to use the torrent download as I was downloadiing past Top Gear episades max 1.2 GB.

This is really excessive. I made a complaint and Touchtel said that their switch reading is correct and nothing can be done. Is there any other thing that could be done. I have told them that I will be seeking another ISP

I am looking at alternatives Reliance offers unlimited download for Rs 1200 - is it worth it ? Any suggestions welcome
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Ooops, i'm on Touchtel too. Man i better check up before downloading any more files.

Is there any way of finding that out, online? Don't wanna end up with a similar or higher bill. I'll be dead if that happens.

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Just checked some off our previous bills. i've been downloading Top Gear/Fifth gear episode for a long time now and inspite of that, the bill has been limited to 600 bucks and 99 bucks as DSL rental.

Could the 600 be the low tide before the tsunami attack?

Gonna get everything clarified by tom.

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Ouch, what are you planning to do - Open up a video piracy business!

11,000 grand worth of download is huge! And no surprise that it coincides with your torrent downloading month. Chances are that you will have to pay the entire amount to Touchtel.

Monitor those downloads...

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The deal is 200 free call + 1 free GB download for Rs 1000. My bill is typically Rs 2000 +/- 5000. If I look at the bill items, it states that I have down loaded 6000 units on one day and 3000 on another day.
1 gb data transfer is too lowfor a broadband connection
don't forget it also includes the webpages you visit!
also you are saying your usually max bill comes to 7k

& with torrents don't forget you are not only downloading files but also simultaneously uploading them (so it does mean double data transfer)
from bit torrent website
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With BitTorrent, those who get your file tap into their upload capacity to give the file to others at the same time. Those that provide the most to others get the best treatment in return. ("Give and ye shall receive!")
link - http://www.bittorrent.com/introduction.html

also most companies charge heavy rates after your 1gb limit is over

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I am looking at alternatives Reliance offers unlimited download for Rs 1200 - is it worth it ?
i have used internet through reliance mobile phone thing & it isn't that good.
if you are into heavy downloading then i would suggest you go for timely based system (you are charged for hours & not for downloads)
otherwise you can also go for BSNL CORPORATE PLANS if possible (corporate plans have higher data transfer compared to home plans)

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Is there any way of finding that out, online?
only if your ISP provide any such facility
or else you will have to search for some software

EDIT: forgot to add if you have a strong evidence that you didn't have such high data transfer then only its point in arguing. IMHO you have no choice but to pay the amount

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I am looking at alternatives Reliance offers unlimited download for Rs 1200 - is it worth it ? Any suggestions welcome
Reliance WFP internet service (unlimited) costs about 1500 + taxes pm.
Speed advertised is about 144kbps but I really don't know the EXACT speed.
I leave the PC with bearshare ON every night and full day on weekends and average about 2.5-3GB dnld per month, including movies and TV serials.

Not too bad a deal, I think.

While on the topic, DO NOT go for the limited download scheme with Reliance. You have been warned.

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Simple solution, don't run any peer-to-peer software on your PC.
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Just checked some off our previous bills. i've been downloading Top Gear/Fifth gear episode for a long time now and inspite of that, the bill has been limited to 600 bucks and 99 bucks as DSL rental.

Could the 600 be the low tide before the tsunami attack?

Gonna get everything clarified by tom.

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i would recomend you not to bring out the old things since you have gotten away with it

though get clear about the downloading limit & uploading limit though

99rs DSL? whats the speed?
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Here are the various tarif plans for Karnataka. The only plan with a rental of 600 is the Home 64 plan which is unlimited.

http://airtel-broadband.com/tariffht.htm

But, the wierd part is that my connection speed is 288kbps (according to the connection software). And there's no plan with 288kbps, can't understand anything.

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My plan with Hathway counts only the download data. It does not count upload data. I paid 3000 in advance for 6 months and I have 7 GB free limit for 6 months. Apart from this I have to pay Rs. 100 per month towards modem rent.

And the Hathway's support is also very good. As they gave me static IP, I call them even in the middle of the night when I switch from desktop to laptop to rebind the address at their end. And they do it when you are still on the phone.

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Yup. Once got a phone/DSL bill from BSNL's DIAS scheme for close to Rs 32k. That's why I'm now on dial-up!
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Once got a phone/DSL bill from BSNL's DIAS scheme for close to Rs 32k.
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what were you doing?
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The scheme was 500MB free, followed by Rs 2/MB.

The first month I got some 800MB, so it came to about Rs 600.

The second month I went a little crazy. Left the computer online and queued up like 99 downloads. All very large. I downloaded 16GB. The bill was over Rs 31000.

The third month, I reverted to dialup...
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i use sify 128kbps unlimited useage plan for 500/month...and i do download lot of torrents....never had any problem with it.
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I use Pacenet, 64kbps broadband line. Unlimited download limit 24 hours.
Speed is decent and I don't have to worry on how much to download and how much time I can use the internet. I pay Rs 800/- at the moment. Planning to shift to another broadband connections because some of them charge Rs 650/- for the same thing.
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