Each broadband package available has a particular download limit. It is important that you understand which download limit best suits your requirements before purchasing a broadband package.
What is a download limit?
- A download limit is how much you are allowed to make use of your Internet connection. Where these limits are set, you can only download a certain amount of information via your Internet connection.
- Download limits are measured in <strong>gigabytes</strong> (GB). Broadband providers set limits of how many gigabytes you can download per month, these sizes range from 1GB to about 40GB.
- Many providers also offer broadband packages with unlimited downloads, this means that you can download as much as you want without the worry of reaching your download limit.
Finding the download limit to suit you
- Finding the correct download limit to meet your requirements largely depends on the length of time you use the Internet and the types of information you download.
- Some ISPS offer unlimited off peak transfers (evenings and weekends), but limit the amount you can transfer in peak times. This is a really sensible idea from an ISPs point of view and more ISPs may switch to this model in the future.
- If you use the Internet a lot or download many music and video files, you are likely to need a large download limit.
- The different download limits that are available with broadband are:
The Download Limits
- 1GB – This size or lower is cheaply priced but is only suitable for people who don’t use the Internet on a regular daily basis. This limit allows you to view 10,500 websites, or download the equivalent of about 20 music albums.
- 2 GB – This is a good size to use if you only use the Internet for viewing websites and rarely download music or videos. This limit allows you to veiw view 21,000 website, or download the equivalent of about 40 music albums.
- 6 GB – It is unlikely that you will exceed the 6Gb download limit unless you download a lot of music and video files. This limit allows you to view 63,000 websites, or download the equivalent of about 120 music albums.
- 15 GB – This is a suitable size for most Internet users, you can view many websites with this limit and also have space left to download music and video files. This limit allows you to view 157,000 websites, or download the equivalent of about 300 music albums.
- 30 GB – This is size limit is the equivalent of downloading 1GB of information per day. This larger download limit is most suited to people who frequently play online games or download a lot of music and video files. This limit allows you to view 314,500 websites, or download the equivalent of 600 music albums.
- Unlimited – Many people chose to opt for unlimited downloads, as there is no need to worry about reaching your download limit. Also, it is often possible to find special deals where unlimited broadband is offered at the same price as many 15GB or 30GB packages.