Has anyone else noticed the new offerings from Dish / Hughes Net ? My local retailer / installer told me about them, as he is referring new customers to them vs Exede. There plans look mega compared to Exede. Wonder what Exede is going to do ? Anyone know of a person that has switched etc. ?
In our area Hughes had started offering a 50 GB package (plus 50 GB "bonus" for the 3 am to 8 am period for a total of 100 GB to use) a short time before Exede offered the Liberty Plan here. We waiting to see what Exede's new plans would be but seriously considered switching to the Hughes plan because we knew from the prior owners of this place that Hughes worked very well also at this location and they got good speeds. We decided to try the Liberty Plan out and so far it works very well for our internet needs, and if it continues to perform this well for us as we go into winter it is probably the better fit for us since you are never really completely dapped on Liberty. The Hughes plan is probably fairly close to the Freedom plan outside of the fact they designate 50 GB to the day period and the other 50 GB during the 3 am to 8 am window. If you can't get Freedom but have lots of need for fast uploading/downloading larger files it might work better for you if you need the speed. For us we don't need the higher speeds, even speeds around 1 mbps can allow us to do some light streaming and loads web pages just fine. Obviously though, large files would take an extended period to transfer if the speed dropped that slow. I think it just boils down to figuring out which plan(s) fit your specific internet needs the best. Keep in mind the plans to put up the new satellite next year by Viasat as well which should expand options if you can get by with what you have until then.
My first experience with satellite internet service was with Hughes Net. After almost four years with them I had had enough, and I will never, never go back to Hughes Net, no matter what. The quality of the service degraded over time, miraculously I was always over my threshold or above 75% of max. At 70 to 75% of the max threshold they reduce your speed to the point that a web page will not load. Complaining of paying for 100% of the data and speed was futile. Their customer service representatives are not located on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, and English is not their native tongue. The ability to get any resolution in your favor does not exist. Buyer beware!!