Still looking for a good service plan for cell phone to stream Hulu. How much data is needed for, say, 2 or 3 hours of streaming a day? ( do not understand what 10Gb of data translates to for watching movies.)
Part II of the question, is: what happens when the data is throttled down? do movies still play? Is the "buffering" icon flashing every minute or so?
In Toronto where I live I have a 400GB plan for 40 bucks a month. I usualy see movies every night for about 3-4 hrs and at the end of the month I only used 125GB. But 40 bucks is not much and I have almost 2 yrs with this company called Teksavvy. It is a DSL service using PPPoE. Also use a laptop on my WIFI. Never have gone over 400GB even though I sometimes do massive downloads using Bit Torrent protocol.
Data plans can work with any smart phone. You choose how big of a data plan you want to pay for. Unlimited data, after you've used up the 4G LTE data, will drop down to 4G, then 3G. If it's a prepaid plan. Idk how you could run out of data with 10GB? I have 9GB now.
Okay buddy .. excuse me if this comes across as alien speak .. but i'll give it a go.. IF you tether a linux based operating system to Android 4.4.3 or below you will get a connectiong that utilises your data plan for computer use and you can connect your laptop or desktop computer, (on all contracts even if tehering disallowed).
You may need to ask a friend who is tecchnical, but it you can get this to run and find the right data plan, you could get unrestricted tethering to the internet on your computer through the phone .. I would never dare do such a thing free intenet tethering goodness no!! .. despicable lol . .you still pay for the data but the tether is the bit you won't get normally now...
However if you can find a friend to help you set this up and run a vpn on it all your throttling issues will vanish too .... I personally havea very old contract (10 yrs or more) that i never upgraded and just purchased phones myself.. When you get a fair deal on a sim just keep it .. Buying another phone and saving up is going to be cheaper than letting go of the cheap sim deal you find in the longrun.. Hope this makes sense. I would personaly suggest Linux Mint on a dual boot if using a Windows machine .. through Mint you will tether okay through android 4.4.3 and can watch shows on streams..
As i said you havne't seen me lololol .. Jokes aside it is not as shady as it all sounds.. Definitely not encouraged as providers now want people to pay for that tether "privelage" .. .Fact is ensrhined into Mobile communications law is the fact that restricting the tether on any android operating system is technically illegal and the mobile carriers are acting against the law..
If you plan on streaming for more than 2 hours every day, you most likely would need more than 10 GB's of data. I know Family Mobile carried by WalMart, has a 9 GB plan which cost $40.00. Once your monthly data allotment is exhausted, your browsing and streaming speeds will drastically decrease, which is a pain. You might try experimenting with a VPN app that offers data compression when connected to one of their servers, so as to conserve speed data. If you or anyone else for that matter have a tech related query, just let me know as I might be able to assist.