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I have a limited data plan, can I use a Slingbox?

My smartphone (or home Internet service) has a limited data plan, where I'm allowed only a certain amount of data usage per month. Can I use a Slingbox?

You can certainly use a Slingbox with your limited data plan, whether you want to use SlingPlayer on your smartphone, Watch on with your home computer using your home Internet provider, or Watch on while away from home using another Internet provider (such as hotel Wi-Fi or an Internet cafe).

But you'll need to watch your data usage very closely to make sure you don't exceed your limit. Doing that can be costly.

Tip: Check with the Internet provider with whom you have the limited plan (usually either your home Internet provider or your mobile phone carrier). Most providers offer online (or mobile phone-based) tools that you can use to check your data usage on a regular (even daily) basis. These tools can help you monitor usage, and make sure that your data plan is the right one for you based on your needs.

Does SlingPlayer or Watch on offer a way to track usage?

No, neither product offers this feature. Your actual data usage can vary dramatically based on connection speed, Slingbox used, available network bandwidth, connection quality, and many other factors. The best way to monitor data usage is by using the tools that your Internet provider or mobile carrier offers you. Check with your Internet provider for more information.

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