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I have normal broadaband from bt and my son lately has started using xbox live. Today I noticed he is downloading a 1vs100 challenge and am starting to worry as I surf sites for quite a few hours a night that this could cost me more money.

 

Does xbox live cost any more than for instance just surfing the web. He normally just links up a particular game with frined and play online.

 

I havnt had any warning email from bt to say I am getting near exceeding limits so presume I am ok, what do you think.

 

Bt offer basic and thats what I have.

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How much is the basic allowance on bandwidth? Games usually don't take up a lot of whats called bandwidth as the game will only send basic information across as most of the game is stored on the disk (Makes it quicker in all respects).

 

If he has been playing it for the last month they I probably wouldn't worry, but I would await a message from bt saying your nearly at your limit before worrying.


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No, once you paid subs its free.

 

Your internet subs are a different story, usually its unlimited but you need to discuss that with your provider. IF you do get any costs, the XBox WILL warn you before hand. Like downloading some games costs around £4 but it will confirm first.

 

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No, once you paid subs its free.

 

Your internet subs are a different story, usually its unlimited but you need to discuss that with your provider. IF you do get any costs, the XBox WILL warn you before hand. Like downloading some games costs around £4 but it will confirm first.

 

HAPPY XBoxing :-)

 

Ladybird is talking about her usage limits for BT Broadband and assuming she is on BT option 1 that's 10gb per month.

Ladybird: you are probably ok, 10gb is quite a lot for just gaming and browsing traffic, it's when you are starting downloading lots of things (ie music, films, games) that you will have trouble keeping it under.

You may be able to check in your BT account online what your current usage is, possibly history too so perhaps you can gauge how you are doing this month.


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Games can be quite large. If you are downloading games through xbox live it will count toward your download limit.

 

If you have a package that gives you for example 10gig included per month then £2 per gig after you have used your first 10gig then you will incur costs by going over your limit.

 

And anything that comes in via xbox live will count toward your packaged amount.

 

It may be worth checking out the different packages and choose an unlimited one. As games get bigger and connections get faster the games need more and more bandwidth to work.

 

I have a 360 here so speak from experience.

 

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Gig = Gigabyte or 1000 megabytes

Bandwidth = the amount of your internet connection the program/game will use while in use.


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Thanks for the advice. I will try to access my account online, havnt done it before, so will check it out.

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Games still require the same amount of bandwidth regardless of the size of the game. When data is transmitted over most of the things you see on your screen are generated from the game on your 360 already. The game will transmit locations, actions and avatar data, it will not need to send maps, textures or anything else that takes lots of data more than once.

 

You might have to download the occasional patch or additional map, however this isn't common and shouldn't make you meet the download limit.


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Thanks blitz, my son said I was fussing over nothing.

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This ahs been a question for some years now. Bt (amongst others) offer, "unlimited downloads" and this so called unlimited is limited to 10gb, 30gb and once again "unlimited".

 

I would argue the "unlimited" thing. Its been advertised at that, so enforce it.

 

Another thing, Microsoft live, will charge you if you download games and things which cost, keep your eye open for that!

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Microsoft will only charge if you have a visa debit or credit card linked to the LIVE account. Otherwise, you buy pre paid cards and put microsoft points on by redeeming the pre paid card. If your son is getting his LIVE every month using a pre paid card, then you don't need to worry about him downloading games.

 

Demos are free though, and nowadays these can be about 1.5 Gig, which isn't that much, but if you have a limit on your broadband of, say, 10gig a month, if he downloads 5 demo games in a week, that's an average 7.5 gig, leaving around 2.5gig left of your limit for the remainder of the month, and you will get charged if you go over the limit.

 

Best thing to do is check what broadband package you have, and see if they say it's unlimited. If it is, then you should be ok, as these days, 10 gig isn't much at all.

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Thanks, its definately not unlimited, so considering upgrading it after xmas as son wants 12 months xbox live as pressy. Could do without it actually as monies tight but son promises to cut down on other things:D;) I bet that is economical with the truth as going on all the new games hes said mum is going to buy him for xmas, I am in for a hard nagging time.

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