Data usage

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I hear a lot about customers saying that they had their devices disconnected from their Exede WiFi/modem and still went over on data. So, i attempted to do a little test to see and I agree something is weird..I don't think my Exede should have  listed as high as it did after the test... Without further ado her was my usual situation on Exede and my test followed by results:
   I am on the Exede 10 (10 Gig0 a month plan with midnight to 5 am free zone. In an average month I usually come pretty close to  my limit or  over (with only like 1-4 days till my reset). That's not too bad considering I am a heavy gamer. I do my updates during my free zone and playing games from big companies that aren't using Peer-to-Peer to compensate for their bad servers uses little bandwidth.
   I decided to use my Hot Spot (I keep for rain or bad weather days) to see if I used it almost exclusively how my Exede Data limit would look. Seemed a good way to test it. i did have to use my Exede  very little (as i check my emails and such in the morning on a desktop and do a few brief surveys with i-Say on it (which compared to me gaming on my desktop should be a drop in the ocean of my usual monthly usage on it). I gamed on my laptop over the WiFi and DRASTICALLY cut back on my PS4 gaming (or switched it to the Hot Spot if I was going to game multiplayer). I figured if I only use 10 gigs exclusively using Exede  then this would show if Data was bleeding off when I wasn't using it.
   The results: my hot spot has a different billing cycle that Exede so the data reset at a different time. I used about 7.5-8 gigs on my Hot spot (in the picture it had reset after about 2 so only 6.88 gigs is showing , but i used around 8 the month I did this test). My Exede SHOULD have been WAY low since I used so much on my Hot Spot but Exede was showing i still used 4.3 gigs (which is WAY more than I use just using my Exede alone..so..I don't know if it wasn't counting me in my Free Zone during updates ( I start my updates at 12:15/12:30 am and stop them at 4:40 am to make sure Exede has me in the Zone- LOL that sounded funny :D ). So, I don't know but was just a test I tried..perhaps Exede can run a similar test and use a Hot Spot exclusively while Exede services are running in a test home ( I can't afford to run my Hot Spot full exclusive). But my test should have resulted in my Exede being a lot lower than it did (or I feel so). I'll try to post the images if  I can get this to post them.

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My guess is that you got the big Windows update during the period. It is around 4.0 GB or so.
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And, if you did, even if that one happened during the free zone, after that, even on a metered connection, critical updates download whenever. Unless you totally disconnect a Windows 10 computer form the internet, it will download what Microsoft deems critical updates whenever it wants to.
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   I always disconnect my PCs from net when not in use ( I see no reason for htem to be connected to a metered connection 24/7). Plus, that helps save on DATA Usage.
   Strangely enough, even major updates have had me manually click the "Download" button. But since I was using a Hot Spot I'm not sure how it downloading over my Hot Spot (which is also set to a metered connection) used Data off Exede cap. Odd if that was the case. If Windows did install a major update it should have used the WiFi Hot Spot it was currently connected to. But I was just doing an experiment to see if people's complaints were founded that even when they don't have anything connected to their Exede Internet DATA is used. I personally have been a satisfied customer of Exede for around 8 or 9 years or more.