I don't know about you, but I treat my download cap as a target. I have a 20GB-a-month TelstraClear plan, and I do my darndest to use every byte. Why? Because caps are essentially stupid. Or rather, they're badly designed.
If I'm away for a month and use 0 bytes, it costs just the same as if I'd used my full 20GB. This wouldn't be so galling if some allowance were made for under-utilising my capacity. It doesn't have to be a 1:1 thing or roll over from month to month, but some concession would be nice. Perhaps a 1:2 ratio that must be used within the next billing period; in this case an allowance to go up to 30GB in the next month seems reasonable.
That would also get around the other irritating thing about data caps, the punitive charges if you go a single byte over your limit. In the case of TelstraClear it's $2.95 per GB or part thereof.
That'll be $2.95 please!
What got me thinking about this was this BBC report. Apparently "the majority of broadband users in the UK pay for download limits that they come nowhere near reaching." Is this the case in NZ? How much of your limit do you use? Post a comment and let me know.