Enable daily quotas on devices

I would like to control how much data, minutes, and messages a device on my plan can use, but on a more fine grain level than just one limit for the entire month. It would be great if I could ration a daily amount to each device so that if that device goes over their daily quota, it cuts them off for the rest of the day, but then the device gets a fresh quota the next day.

The real problem I'm trying to solve is training my family to not watch videos while on the cell network, but rather watch them when they are on WiFi. If I set a limit for data for each device, and then they watch one video on the first day of the month

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  • I hit enter before I finished that last sentence. I was saying...

    If I set a limit for data for each device, and then they watch one video on the first day of the month, then their data allotment will be used up on the first day, and then they won't have any data for the rest of the month. That would certainly teach them, but I don't want them to be without data for a whole month. I think a daily limit would help us and others reach our goals and form habits better than a monthly limit.

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  • Some usage data, especially when roaming, can take more than one day to appear on Ting's usage.

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  • I would like to second this request. One of the phones on my account just loves to drop WiFi and automatically switch to mobile data. Normally not a problem unless it happens while streaming YouTube video. Yesterday we ate up 185MB of data this way, while sitting at home a few feet from the router.

    Bruce Osborne makes a good point though, so I'm not sure if daily data limits would work out in practice but it's worth a shot.

    In the mean time I'm trying out other solutions, namely a firewall to prevent YouTube using mobile data.

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  • I wish I could reply directly to the comments...

    Bruce and Aaron make a good point. Perhaps the better way to approach this is to apply the limit on the phone, which would have the most up to date stats on data usage, rather than waiting for the network to detect that the limit has been reached and enforcing it there. This would especially be true when watching videos on the network. Just a few minutes of delay could cause 100's of MB of data to be used before the limit kicked in.

    Aaron, what firewall have you been looking at trying on your phone?

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  • Steven, ditto wanting to be able to reply directly to comments...

    Your idea to set up data limits directly on the phone is great. Unfortunately on the Galaxy S3 (and every other Samsung Android phone I've used) you can only set limits on a monthly, not daily, basis. But maybe "there's an app for that". I'll check into it.

    As of now I'm testing out "NoRoot Firewall" on my own device (even though it has no problems staying connected to WiFi) and it seems to do the trick. You can disable mobile data on an app-by-app basis. I've done just that for YouTube and Pandora and I can verify that it works. I start up a video while connected to WiFi, then disable the WiFi connection. After the buffer runs out, sure enough the video stops playing. Excellent!

    There are downsides though. It's somewhat for advanced, network-savvy users like myself. Also it will give you a notification for each and every app, the first time that app tries to use data, asking you to enable or disable. Furthermore, if you hit "Enable" it will enable both WiFi AND mobile data for that app, which isn't what we want. "Disable" works the same way. You have to go into the settings to be able to enable WiFi / disable mobile data, and you have to do it for every single app. Took me about 5 minutes or less. Now I get zero notifications.

    The other problem is, let's say I'm in that rare situation where I DO want to watch YouTube while away from WiFi. I have to disable the firewall, which is as simple as pulling down the notification area, tapping the firewall, and hitting "Disconnect" (and of course, remembering to re-connect later). For me, this is absolutely no problem. For the wife and kids though, and everyone else I know who can't be bothered with such a "hassle", this could be problematic. They just want it to work without having to think.

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  • I just sent in a request for something like this - I would like the app/notifications to tell me when I go over my daily quota. Not necessarily cut it off but I'd at least be aware of my high data usage if I was using it unknowingly (wifi dropped, etc).

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