I think we lasted 14 months. Now it’s time to switch to ADSL 2+, definitely… unless Bigpond re-quota their plans in the near future. This is just one of those things that comes with changing usage patterns. We’re still pretty average users in terms of overall bandwidth consumption (well, “pretty average” based on Whingepool w0w-0mg-my-1$p-iz-so-st1ngy-w1t-bndwdth!!Lo!L!11! users being not normal, and a presumption of “normality” for broadband being in line with Telstra’s products in Australia), but things change. I’ll stream video on the web without thinking twice now: that wouldn’t have happened anywhere near as much 18 months ago. I’m getting used to a crappy media experience in a 3″ box on my 17″ LCD, heh. Having said that, I’m about to go downstairs and watch an ~8″ video I downloaded, on a 42″ screen… and it’ll look fine! (Stupid widescreen lame-resolution/dual-link DVI-not-supported piece of junk that it is).
I’ve got a server running permanently here now, and Bigpond uploads count. That wouldn’t have mattered in the past, but I’ve pushed between 1 and 2GB of traffic from it in the last month… so it’s a contributing factor to the problem of being 800MB over quota at present.
Exetel are looking good to me at the minute (and their Vodafone-resold mobile plans look pretty awesome, too… a part of that is that they’re presented sensibly in a table, rather than spread across millions of pages with promotional crap — as per every large telephony provider in Australia).