Whenever I access the internet using my MiFi hotspot, within 1 minute my data usage jumps to 10 MB or more. I am so afraid of using the hotspot that I usually go to the public library, McDonalds or Starbucks to get online. So basically, I'm paying AT&T $85 monthly for a 300MB plan that I don't use at all. I'm locked into a contract which AT&T is offering to terminate for $130 odd, but thereafter I still have to pay almost $60 for just my phone service and a never-ending $20 per month for the hotspot device which will be useless because I will have no wifi.
Very generous of you to respond. Mostly when I turn on my hotspot (I think it's a Novatel device) and connect to Mi-Fi Liberate, my Firefox receives a connection from Bing which comprises a huge screen-wide graphic--absolutely stunning photos daily but I don't want it at the cost of 10MB data usage. I have now learnt how to disable everything through my Windows 8 firewall, so the data usage has come down to about 5MB for a 2-3 minute connection while I hurriedly check my emails and try to kill the connection asap. I wish you or someone else could advise me how to achieve an internet connection through my hotspot without the need for starting up my browser. Then I could just open my Outlook without a browser and download my emails or send my outgoing emails while keeping my data usage to the barest minimum.
One recommendation I have is, if you need to use a browser, you can try a free a very light browser like Opera with Google or even a blank home page, it also has an off-road mode that compresses data for faster and more economical browsing.
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