“Unlimited data”?

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I came across a commercial on TV about Exede offering an unlimited data for $50 a month. (After 3 months the payment then goes to $75 a month) is this still available, and if so is it only available for new customers? I don’t see anything near it on the “change data” tab.
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Dylan Abbott

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A number of beans now offer "unlimited plans" but very few if any are offering a $75/month unlimited plan at this time.
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Ron D Stricklin

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Just pull up the website and run your zip code. Unlimited Bronze should be in the $70 range and somewhere around $50 for 3 months.
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The $50 plan is just for your first three months.  Its available in my area and goes up to $70 a month after the first three months.  In addition to this, you also pay an extra $10 a month for modem rental plus whatever the taxes are in your area.

This plan allows unlimited data but any video you watch such as Netflix and Youtube will be low quality (350p).  If you don't mind spending the money, you will be more happy with the 480p or 720p video quality plans.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Dylan,  Please check to see if this plan is available to you by going to www.account.viasat.com. If it is available to you, it will be there.
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Unlimited Silver was available for me only a few days ago and now it’s gone. What happened???? There were like 6+ plans available and now only 2!!!
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It means Viasat is limiting the beans exposure. They don't want to "oversell" the capacity of the beam..

It also means the beam in your area is more prone to congestion than other beams.
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Viasat is starting to limit availability for unlimited plans.  For example, on my beam I used to be able to sign on and see both Liberty plans and Unlimited plans available. 

Now when I sign on to my account, I only have Liberty 12, Liberty 25, and Liberty 50 available.

When I do a search on the website for new customer plans, using my same zip code, all I see is unlimited plans.

So for now, Viasat is starting to limit who can and can't get unlimited plans.  I'm perfectly happy with my Liberty 12 plan, so I could care less.

Of course, once Viasat 2 goes live early next year everything I just mentioned will change and there will be all sorts of new plans available for everyone.
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I sure hope so! Let’s hope there’s no more delays. I’ve been reading/hearing about Viastat 2 for two years now. Every year it’s supposed to launch “early next year.”
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Well it is very close now and in final testing. A lot had to happen to get to this point, and for the most part it has been pretty much on schedule, except for a month or so delay in the launch of the satellite.
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I feel like it not real unlimited data.  I just don't like how they do it,  I trying to understand it but it hard.  When I paid for unlimited that is what I want.  
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Even the cell providers don't give "true" unlimited. There is always some fine print.
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The obvious question: why is there a need to specify 2GB of data???
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Unlimited texts and calls with 2GB of data :)
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Another one who doesn't or can't understand their plan...He thinks this means unlimited....

"that is not true, I have unlimited text and calls and 2gb of data through safelink, it truly is unlimited."

SafeLink Wireless Service
Unlimited* Talk, Text, and 2GB of High Speed Data Plan• Unlimited Nationwide Talk & Text
• 2 GB OF High Speed Data;
64kpbs thereafter
• Free or Discounted Handset or SIM Card
• Free Caller ID and 3 Way Calling
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Old Labs (VS1-329)

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As Apple might say, to conserve your data and restore your speeds, use a WiFi connection - it's virtually unlimited that way ;)
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Now 2GB of unlimited would get you what, 15 - 30 min of HD video.

But you could talk and send messages 7 x 24 x 365. So there is that.
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I am somewhat disappointed that Viasat has jumped on the "unlimited" bandwagon.  I can understand it, they need to be on a level playing field with all the other providers that have "unlimited" plans.  My hope is that once VS2 is online, we will see a more honest "unlimited Plan" from Viasat. And by that I mean unlimited users will be able to still stream after their "soft cap" is reached.  I will be happy if I can type "unlimited" without using "  "   to describe it!
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"Honest" unlimited?

Think about it: There is no way that a Sat provider will be able to satisfy the data requirements of an infinite number of users using  satellite and ground based equipment that has finite capacity.


 

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The number of users is not infinite. It’s less than 700,000 subscribers that pay for a plan each month. If the system can’t handle it, it’s called oversubscribed. It’s not a customer problem that they use data. It’s a company network management or business practice issue if it can’t meet the needs of customer.

Only in satellite internet are we ever made to feel like using a service we pay for is somehow a gift that we’ve been given.

I’ve had ViaSat in some form for many years. It’s a good company. I don’t, however, understand why lots of forum members seem to be ok with holding ViaSat to a low standard. You will usually get what you demand in life.

ViaSat 1 is obviously currently oversold everywhere but a few select beams. We know this and why. Doesn’t make it right. The fact that excess bandwidth is wasted because it can’t be transferred to other beams was a poorly thought out setup. Hopefully, ViaSat 2, as I understand it, has the ability to transfer excess to busier beams which will even the playing field. Those that have had truly unlimited usable data even on Liberty Pass will soon know what beam congestion feels like when ViaSat 2 becomes full.

We all hope it will be the opposite, but from what I’m seeing on here, people are looking to unlimited plans to be just that. Means we will see a major jump in usage all around as soon as new plans are offered.
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You are correct about Viasat-2. It was designed to better handle beam congestion issues.

Right now the beam/gateway design as we know it has issues because the pipe us only so big and once the pipe is full of data it takes longer to empty the drain as the data backs up.
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The unlimited plans are throttled down very heavily. 1mbs for silver and a little more for gold.  They should never go below that level after the cap is exceeded. I would think that is very possible without blowing up the sat.