Does Hotspot Shield have bandwidth limitations?
Until recently, Hotspot Shield did not have any bandwidth/data limitations.
Hotspot Shield's Free Edition is is ad-supported and covers the costs to run the service by showing advertisements. Some content such as video sites uses a large amounts of bandwidth and server costs. Bandwidth/Data Limitations are implemented ONLY for FREE users.
After analyzing our costs, we have discovered that 10% of Hotspot Shield Free Customers are using 50% of our bandwidth.
To cover the bandwidth usage cost, we now implemented bandwidth limitation on Android and Desktop platforms:
Bandwidth/Data Cap on Android is 256MG per day and resets every 24hrs. Users are prompted to pay OR wait for XX hrs until the cap is reset.
Bandwidth/Data Cap on Desktop is set to 750MB per day and reset every 24hrs. Users are prompted to pay or wait for XX hrs until the cap is reset.
Share-with-Friends wall appears at 500MB. User have no access to video sites for 24 hours. If user will share Hotspot Shield with 10 friends, the access will be restored.
Bandwidth wall will appear at 750MB. User will be disconnect after 5 minutes. Bandwidth will be reset after 12 hours.