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On the contrary, I, like a lot of people, are quite critical of exede, but mostly because of the horrible training the tech support people seem to have, and the script like bullet points they seem to have to hit each time you call, regardless of the situation.
But, when it comes to the usage meter, I'm not in the slightest critical. Granted some people have genuine issues, but I suspect those are due more to hardware problems (modem cycling, piss-poor installs), not meter inaccuracy.
I think the vast majority of people who complain about the meter being wrong simply do not have an accurate idea of how much data they actually use. I've seen many posts from people stating something to the effect of "when I was on this plan. . ." or "when I got internet off of my cell phone. . . " and use the fact that while using other services they only used "X" amount of data, and I use it less now, I simply CAN'T be using up all my data, exede is simply a group of thieves!
A bit of a side track history lesson. Some of you may recall back in the early 90's, Steve Jobs left Apple, and started NeXT computer company. The NeXT was the first computer to have an internal hard drive. Prior to that, all home computer had exclusively removable storage (ie, tape drives, floppy discs). The basic NeXT model came with (and this is a direct quote from the original NeXT owners manual http://simson.net/ref/NeXT/brochure_i... ) "A single NeXT optical disk offers 256 megabytes of storage. By providing such a huge capacity to every computer user, NeXT is removing a major obstacle to the everyday use of files containing high-resolution graphics and digital sounds- either of which can display quite an appetite for valuable disk space" and could be expanded to "The NeXT Computer offers Winchester storage as a supplement to its optical technology. High-capacity hard disks are currently available, so its possible configure your NeXT system to allow access to truly enormous amounts of storage - approaching one gigabyte and more - without adding a single external device."
Yes, it just called a mere 256 mbs "huge" and a single GB as "enormous." What it doesn't mention, that Winchester 1GB drive was WRITE ONLY. . . meaning it could not be erased once written on, all data was permanent. The logic was, no one could ever need more than 1 GB of storage in the lifetime of the computer.
Of course, by today's standards those statements are ludicrous, but at the time, it was extremely accurate. The point of those statements were to show how much technology changes over time. Five years ago, when you were on some other satellite system, and never used up your data, the size of the files you were transferring (remember EVERYTHING you do on the internet transfers data, both download and upload), were extremely minimal compared to the MUCH larger files today. Video is at much higher resolution, remember those tiny little real media videos? Audio is no longer compressed to "cd quality" 128 kbs, it's streamed at three times that size 320kbs, or, even losslessly in the FLAC format. That banner advertisement flashing to the right of your screen, using flash technology to invite you to meet singles in your area, uses far more data ALONE, than an entire website containing the same information would have five years ago.
As for the cell phone 3G/4G plans, a mobile website is far smaller, far less data intensive, and contains, most importantly, far less advertising, than a standard PC formatted web page. Comparing the two is futile. There simply is no comparison.
So, be realistic, and take your data usage into your own hands. Use a modern browser with flash blocking and ad blocking. When you use video sites, make sure your settings indicate you'd prefer standard definition video, not the full HD that your internet speed will allow. If you must use social media, log out of the site when you are not using it, so it doesn't update on it's own (I have very few things on my facebook wall, and it still updates constantly, if you have more than a few, I guarantee you, facebook is a huge data thief for you). Most importantly, install software like Networx which will monitor your data usage in the background , letting you know what apps are using how much data and at what times. Take your data usage into your own hands, instead of laying blame, and you will (very likely) find the meter extremely accurate, and your exede experience much better (assuming you don't have to call the damn tech support people who's entire repertoire is "reboot your modem").
I honestly believe if you are smart, and have realistic expectations (and got a quality install) exede is by far the best solution for internet in the areas we all chose to live in.