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    Hi Guys, after a lot of search finally I found a web hosting company offering dedicated web server along with unlimited bandwidth in just $45/mo. I was thinking to opt for unlimited bandwidth but after reading the facts about unlimited bandwidth on your blog I am afraid to go with the unlimited bandwidth.

    Getting unlimited bandwidth, does it mean that they will restrict or limit the upload or download speed or anything else for my account ? I really don't want to compromise with the quality of services.

    I hope you guys can help me out here...

  • #2
    Originally posted by Alvin View Post
    Hi Guys, after a lot of search finally I found a web hosting company offering dedicated web server along with unlimited bandwidth in just $45/mo. I was thinking to opt for unlimited bandwidth but after reading the facts about unlimited bandwidth on your blog I am afraid to go with the unlimited bandwidth.

    Getting unlimited bandwidth, does it mean that they will restrict or limit the upload or download speed or anything else for my account ? I really don't want to compromise with the quality of services.

    I hope you guys can help me out here...
    Which web hosting company is this? There are some companies who offer supposedly "unlimited" bandwidth which is not unlimited in some way - either they slow your speeds down, cap it or place restrictions on it. I am always wary of unlimited bandwidth offers personally.

    Do you really need truly unlimited bandwidth? How much bandwidth do you currently use?
    David Smith
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    DPS Computing Limited

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    • #3
      Glad you read that post, always remember that there are no such "unlimited" kind of things in the hosting market. Hosting companies uses such gimmicks to just to lure more customers. I would suggest you to avoid such providers offering "unlimited bandwidth" or simply read their TOS carefully for more detailed and actual information.

      If your budget is limited but requires a lot of bandwidth, then you should opt for a semi-dedicated server hosting plan or the cloud hosting plans which offers you high performance and greater reliability.

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      • #4
        Indeed, I completely agree with both of you. Unlimited hosting does not exists. I have heard from a lot of people who opted for unlimited hosting packages that the servers were fantastic. However, they also mentioned that they switched their bandwidth from unlimited to 500 GB and so on which made me think again and again about the unlimited hosting plans. I would personally recommend people not to go for unlimited bandwidth as you might need to compromise with other services as said by DPS Computing.

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        • #5
          Every website or web hosting account requires a limited amount of resources whether it's disk space or bandwidth. With a little research, it is possible to check the disk space or bandwidth usage or atleast get a rough idea about it. If unlimited is not required, it does not make any sense to choose a hosting plan with unlimited resources which doesn't exist and is not reliable enough. Instead, choosing a hosting plan with limited resources is a better option.

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          • #6
            To know about the restrictions associated with such offers, you need to read their terms and conditions with regards to bandwidth usage.
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            • #7
              And just to add to my previous post from before, years and years ago I guess you would see truly "unlimited" bandwidth servers but these companies typically didn't last long due to all the customers constantly complaining of slow speeds, downtime etc.

              Hence the reason they don't really exist and can't be placed in a credible business plan for a web host.

              I mean it would be like Tesco offering unlimited food .
              David Smith
              Managing Director
              DPS Computing Limited

              - Massive update! (September 2011) - It's now not neglected!!
              - New Site (10/2009)

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              • #8
                Its strange that even today people get fooled by companies offering such services. It maybe either because people don't the the right knowledge or they don't want to understand the facts.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MattBarthorp View Post
                  Its strange that even today people get fooled by companies offering such services. It maybe either because people don't the the right knowledge or they don't want to understand the facts.
                  I agree with the knowledge part - its an old gimmic to put something as unlimited and then peoples greed takes over - when in reality 99.9% of the people who take up the offer need no where near unlimited service .
                  David Smith
                  Managing Director
                  DPS Computing Limited

                  - Massive update! (September 2011) - It's now not neglected!!
                  - New Site (10/2009)

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                  • #10
                    'Greed' might not be the right term to use, if someone has a busy business website that requires dedicated resources and often exceeds the allocated bandwidth, they would surely look for a solution wherein they aren't restricted to resource usage. For such organisations, an Unlimited proposal may sound just right (virtually). Later during the course of time, they too would realize that things aren't similar to what was stated.

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