ATT Fixed Wireless Internet..A Real Option..

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I never thought that fixed wireless internet would ever be a viable option for those of who live in the boonies..I spoke with a friend of mine 1 mile down the road who has ATT Fixed Wireless Internet access and what he told me just blew me away..Keeping in mind that this type of service is line of site service, which could also apply to my house, he is consistently in the 10-35 Mbs download range regardless of time of day or weather condition..and virtually no signal delay since he also is a gamer..his plan is 160Gb/month for $60/month plus tax so I am seriously thinking about ending my service with Exede(Viasat) for something which, in our neck of the woods is working..ATT was granted multi billions from the gov't for this rollout..by the way I live in South Carolina..anyone know of someone who has had this same degree of success?
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Hi elchicano65 - I do not, but I would be interested to hear some feedback if you decide to cross over.
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You should get in the range of what your neighbor has suggested. It's relatively new and not widely advertised as far as I know so you shouldn't expect congestion issues.
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I would switch in a second. Let’s just say if It were avalibile for my house I would switch today. Maybe soon it will come available. I feel confident in telling you this causes I was A Directv Employee . Not a concractor ! And we were bought by a big Company. Now I work for that big company..
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RE: ATT Fixed Wireless Internet access

If lowly populated area, speeds may be quite good, but as population density increases, speeds will drop as the "pilgrims" come onboard.

In my rural area, Verizon has good LTE speeds, but last I knew, their plans sucked, price and bucket-size wise.
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Just as a note..I have Verizon LTE for my smartphone plan, but my understanding is that ATT is the only company that has received the go ahead and the gov't cash for the rollout..keep in mind this is a service that is not part of regular cell service but a standalone product offering..none of the other big 3 cell providers are getting this subsidy..if you Google this you will see that they are concentrated in parts of Calif and a lot of the Southeast..Google ATT Fixed Internet Wireless since I don't have a link to provide..
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We are contemplating getting it.we use 330 gig per month easily and that's without my kids playing a their video games.......and our cell service is spotchy0with AT&T so maybe we can get some help. I will definitely be calling in the morning.
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That is a LOT of data to use on satellite internet. What are you doing to use that much data?

And you are correct, using that much data I would look at alternatives.
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The mailings I have received from AT&T sound promising until you get to the fine print. In my area they are requiring you to also sign up for DirecTV. Which  kills the deal for me! (edit) Correction, to get the best price, requires you bundle with a qualifying att service (att wireless or directv)
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AT&T’s price increases the result of billion-dollar merger debt - Wall Street analysts noting that the company’s plans to recoup that debt — with price increases and fewer
promotional discounts — are unsustainable, and in the end will simply drive away more customers.


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I called AT&T, 200.00 install, my bill for my average usage would be 170.00 PLUS taxes and fees, no VOIP that does not use my data and, I spend 2-4 hours per day on the phone weekdays due to hubby being a truck driver and having to do directions and, social calls to him as well as handling other home matters.

Signal here, 1 bar at best, meaning 10 Mbps or less for me (despite advertising claims to the contrary) and, auto billed for excess usage, no warning, no option not to buy more and, I'd have to have it bundled with my DTV

NO WAY, not worth the hassle or cost to switch and, with a price increase in the near future, not even worth thinking about. At least with Viasat, I know what I'll be paying and, when the slow times are. I can deal with that and, I can keep my phone.
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VOIP data usage is minimal.

If I had that deal, I would take it over Viasat. I mean, a lot depends on your location on whether an alternative to Viasat is better or not.
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If they would give me a free install, lock my bill at 170 MAX regardless of usage and, no ETF if canceled within 30 days, no bundling then I'd try it and see how it actually worked.

AT&T won't do that any more than Viasat would so, I can't see where it's any better and, I loose my phone and, if I were to cancel AT&T, I'd loose both internet and DTV Nope, can't do that.
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I tried to get it but could not connect.My neighbor up the street has it and gets 30 up I saw his connection this service depends on line of sight to the cell tower.I am in SC also in a rural area.I will try again this spring because the installer told me to try again its 70 dollars for 170 gb so it is cheaper.
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I would jump on this if it was offered in my area. I am currently paying 150.00 for 40 gbs with verizon. ripoff.
I am thinking about seriously switching to Viasat. $100/$150 for the Gold 50. Better deal than Verizon. Thinking about the platinum plan also.
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I'm sure some of the more knowledgeable ViaSat customers will correct me if this is wrong, but if you have the Gold 50 or even the Platinum plans available to you, that means you're in one of the high density spot beam areas that get great speeds.  You're quite lucky in that.  
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Indeed. That would be a high density spot beam!

You also might want to look at Verizon prepaid "unlimited". It is different than what you have, and a lot cheaper.
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Yup Verizon prepaid would be the way to go. I canceled my Verizon and kept Viasat due to if Verizon changed the plan I would be in another 2 year contract with Viasat if I switched back. I can deal with Viasat but when Verizon hits you with a throttle it is very harsh till next reset. Verizon is cheaper and would be better if you can get good speeds than to go Viasat and have the 2 year contract and not be happy with the service.
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@Hill

In Europe, prepaid has been the norm for years, but in USA, the reverse.  VZW's previous prepaid, by the minute, was not cheap unless few minutes per month were the norm.

Flash forward, it appears from hearsay that VZW is embracing prepaid and selling to vendors these prepaid cards at much lower cost than marked on cards.  On ebay and even at Target, which one person said "sells $40 Verizon PINS for $33."  I bought mine at a reduced cost on ebay.  $100.00 for $70.00. If true, the VZW is attempting to "heard the cattle" towards them....either long term marketing, or at a later time, cut off these price reductions.

Most companies have a "we reserve the right to change" clause, but the fine print I've read for this VZW unlimited plan boils down to a

(1) Ten GB plan full speed ahead (as based upon tower's load), with
(2) them throttling afterwards, if network congestion exits.

Several city based people have hit 1 TB usage.  In theory, if their traffic shaping policies are fit for duty, there is no need for a hard throttle 24x7.  It's not good policy to pull the rug out from someone.

If a tower used is not loaded, and if tower has enough bandwidth, these unlimited plans may be just fine. 

Considering I'm paying $50.00/month for Exede-5 plan, and considering in the beam I use Viasat wants $100.00/month for their 360p unlimited, its a no brainer to have both Viasat and VZW's unlimited.  I'll be evaluating for several months before I consider having one or two providers.

Primetime peak speed tonight on VZW...videos run fine on 720p

Speed Test just now: https://speedof.me/


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Can someone tell me what the at&t internet is all about ?  I live where I have no cell towers and I was wondering is there a way I can get cell service, like can you buy a at&t booster or something ? I don't have cable service offered so everything is satellite.viasat and dish I need more options !!Please help....advice please!!
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Unfortunately, if you cant get any cell signal at all, an antenna or booster won't help. You need at least a signal before it can be boosted.

AT&T fixed wireless is a type of internet service that is available in select areas of the country. It is not the same as AT&T cell service.

Basically you got two options where you live. Hughesnet and Viasat.
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I don't think there is any fixed wireless of any type anywhere near me, probably not in the whole state of Virginia.
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There is fixed wireless in Virginia. They recently contacted me in southern Virginia. They are headquartered in Nelson County, south of Charlottesville. They are expanding throughout rural Virginia due to a grant.
I cannot name them because the moderators have shown that they will delete the post if I do. You should be able to find them by googling.
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Thanks, I am near Ladysmith, Central Va right off I-95. Goggling came up with 3 companies I never heard of. I will call Monday, I am in a bad area for wireless anything. A good example is the cell phone service, there is a dead spot on Ladysmith Rd just a little over a mile from a tower, calls will drop and that is the Red provider.

Not sure about the reliability of that website as it lists Excede plans starting at $49.95 when the lowest is almost $120 a month now.
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There is a risk with fixed wireless in my case. They seem to be operating on a shoestring so they may not survive. Also, customer service is poor. It appears they simply cannot afford it at this time.
They have attached their equipment to a "911" tower in the next county on a tower that I did not know existed. I am located near that county line.
Try googling "fixed wireless in central Virginia".
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Not really a risk. I thought the same in my area where it was installed. The initial company went bankrupt but the assets were just bought out by another company and service been going now for 10+ years. I wouldn't be scared to do it.
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Homeskillet, the Viasat website for your zip code 22501 shows plans available from $50 to $150.

Liberty 12

DOWNLOAD SPEEDS UP TO 12Mbps

12 GB PRIORITY DATA

Free Zone 
3 am to 6 am daily

Video Data Extender 

$50/mo


Liberty 25

DOWNLOAD SPEEDS UP TO 12Mbps

25 GB PRIORITY DATA

Free Zone 
3 am to 6 am daily

Video Data Extender 

Built-in Wi-Fi

$75/mo


Liberty 50

DOWNLOAD SPEEDS UP TO 12Mbps

50 GB PRIORITY DATA

Free Zone 
3am to 6am daily

Video Data Extender 

Built-in Wi-Fi

$100/mo


Unlimited Silver 25

DOWNLOAD SPEEDS UP TO 25Mbps

Unlimited data

Stream DVD quality video typically 480p 

Built-in Wi-Fi

$150/mo
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For first few months :)
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Interesting they must have changed the offerings since I last checked a few months ago.
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They do that often, depending on the churn in that area. But of course those are promotional prices. The devil in the details.
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@ExSatUser, those are NOT promotional prices, but the price for the two year contract. Check the Viasat website for zip code 22501,  Ladysmith, VA.

In central NY, I am on the Liberty 12 GB plan, 12 Mbps, and pay $50 a month, no taxes or lease fees, since I bought the lifetime lease plan back in 2012.
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You are correct.

But check out 44709! I can pay $200+/month for up to 12Mbps and 65GB priority!

Viasat variable and promotional prices. Got to love it!
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Ok, so what does this mean when they now are offering a 25 Mbps plan in my area for the first time I know of? Even though offerings in my location have changed direction with the wind I never saw anything offered over "up to 12 Mbps." Is that sucker bait, or have they improved service in my area? Did service improve due to the congestion easing from customers fleeing Viasat?

For the record I was a customer from 2012-2018, and I think I had the plan they call Liberty 12, but it was terrible, worse than 1995 DSL.

I have come to the realization I live in a black hole for wireless communications. I am starting to think where I am at a person needs to roll with the flavor of the month. Since I have minimal needs I refuse to spend a lot of money or time to do that.

P.S. I was responding to Steve correcting my incorrect assumption of current offerings in my area.

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