For anyone who thinks Viasat is too expensive.

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I know a lot of people post about how expensive they think the Gold & Platinum plans are. Saw this on Verizon’s website this morning and it made me appreciate Viasat that much more.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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All I have to say is, WOW!  Thanks for sharing Nathan!
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For what it's worth, I am scheduled to sign up with AT&T fixed wireless rural service with 340 Gb/month with minimum of 10 mbs download (friend down the road a couple of hundred yards regularly downloads at 20-35 mbs) for the outrageous price of $50/month. I already have Directv service so that accounts for the $50 price/month which would normally cost $60/month. Competiton is wonderful.
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Meanwhile with Sprint Unlimited data (slowed if congested tower after 22GB) for me is just 50.00 per line and each line includes a 10 GB hotspot.

Problem is, I have 1 bar of no data service at home. Not 1x, not 3G, not LTE - no cellular data at home, it MIGHT make a call and, will text but, that's it at home.

My hubby, a long haul truck driver who is blessed to have a dedicated run in areas without congested towers relies on his phone for internet, entertainment, and maps as well as using it as a phone. He averages 400 GB used per month on his phone alone.

Stepson also on our plan averages 200 GB on his phone and I don't know what on his Viasat Unlimited but, it's got to be up there - he cut the cord.

Granddaughter runs about 100 GB a month on her phone and, me, less than 20 GB on the phone.

Both are well worth the price for us, Viasat at home and, cellular on the go. (Unless flying, then that's Viasat too. :P )
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The AT&T Fixed is hopefully going to be rolled out here soon. We'll be able to sell it at the store, Elchicano65's info is dead-on with what I am hearing. The 340 gig per month seemed like a strange number when I first heard it......why not 350? 340 just seems odd. 

I'm starting to fool around with some PTP units for customers who are going to want to shoot the wifi long distances. 

Hopefully when they roll this out, it will take some demand off VS1 and speeds will begin to increase. As of now, even though each and every day VS1 has fewer and fewer customers, the remaining customers just suck up the newly freed up bandwidth. This of course is the foundation stone for my argument that VS3 is NOT going to be THE answer....it will be AN answer. I saw an article just the other day in which several streaming services reported over 100% increases in year to year numbers. Hence, the demand is outstripping the ability of delivery systems....in rural areas anyway. 

Andy aka former Champion
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Remember...I'm not only a retailer and installer, I'm also a paying customer. One of the primary reasons I decided to pay for my VS2 service rather than go with a free showroom acct was that I wanted to make sure I could see exactly what I was selling to customers who were coming in my store or calling us on the phone. 

I was NOT a conflict of interest. It was what I said. Don't bother asking me what it was....you can all read my posts. 

I DO really appreciate the fact that many of you have enjoyed reading my posts. Hopefully I have been able to shed some light on what goes on behind the curtain. 

Andy
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You have! And it is very much appreciated.
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Dina Hess

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You definitely have, Andy. I have found you helpful many, many times. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
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We keep getting notifications by mail that AT&T fixed wireless is available to us now but the Cap is 170GB for $50 and $10/50GB overages. We are considering it for the near future since our Viasat Freedom 150GB plan has been nothing but absolute trash the last couple months during Primetime. We'll see
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Act before 9/30/2018 and you can double the data to 340 GB for the same price (I'd ask if that's a lifetime offer).  You get the $50 price only if you bundle with a qualifying AT&T service. If not it's $60.

At face value with a minimum speed of 10 Mbps beats Freedom, IMO.  I'd jump on it if it were available in my area.
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this is just my reactions to the verizon plan that gives you 100gbs for 710$... this is my reaction to that...





AND THEN!!! THIS IS MY REACTION FOR MY UNLIMITED SILVER PLAN 150GBS SPEEDS UP TO 25MBPS THAT IMMA ON RIGHT NOW!!!  (this one is an oldie... sooo imma guessing Matt B knows what this is... OR anyone who has seen this or heard of it :3   )


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Deku.....

This is "one for the books."  Awesome.
 
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Considering the expenses involved of designing, building and launching geosynchronous satellites into orbit not to mention the expensive network operations centers [none of these expenses terrestrial providers have to pay for] it's quite a deal to get any kind of satellite internet whatsoever for less than a couple of hundred bucks a month.  I'm on the 50Gb plan for $100 a month and don't even come close to using it all.  For those of us that live in the boonies it's the best option available and for me it's a nice tradeoff.  Where else can you sit on your porch and browse the Internet while watching the bear, deer and occasional wolves....not to mention the chickens happily clucking away?
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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No clue, Deku. ;-)
fighting evil by moonlight
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It'd be cheaper to get a phone at $90, then add hotspots at $20 per line. 15GB per device before throttling. Some people do that here, those that have a signal. You'd just have to switch them out after the 15GB, but they'd still be somewhat usable after the 15GB. Plus you'd have remaining decent data on the phone.

Visible wireless is on Verizon. Currrently in pre-release testing and iPhone only for now. Some areas are glitchy. Always throttled to 5 meg. But for now (doubt it will stay this way), no thresholds, caps or throttling beyond that. $40 total, and it -includes hotspot- (video at 480p I think).

I see USCellular has fixed wireless now. Various plans, $40 for 20GB up to $100 for 160GB, 2G after that.
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https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirele...

Edit, unless you meant the first example, which is just the one unlimited plan.
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Here's the USCellular info. https://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2018...
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Yea. Not available for me but I appreciate a map that shows where it does exist!
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Nathan Hart

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Keep in mind Verizon’s unlimited prepaid is a max of 600 kbps on hotspot or tether.
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"Yea. Not available for me but I appreciate a map that shows where it does exist!"
I'm only about 10 miles from the tower, it's probably within 100 yards of Verizon's tower. Nice to have a decent option. I never paid much attention to USC, Verizon was faster, more data and cheaper using mvno carriers.
"Keep in mind Verizon’s unlimited prepaid is a max of 600 kbps on hotspot or tether."
The first pricing I gave is postpaid, so there'd be taxes, and full speed hotspot until threshold. Visible wireless is prepaid on Verizon towers, no additional tax, and hotspot is at full plan speed same as on phone (5 Meg) with no threshold or cap (for now). I'd try it out, but they are glitchy at this time (doubt many issues on a tower like mine that isn't congested though, issues seem to mainly be in crowded areas), plus the main reason, I'm not buying an iPhone, so I'll wait. (Just FYI to readers)
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You would have to be insane to get this. Or just rich. That's an average months of rent where I live.
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WOW that is way to much i love the price i pay on my plan with VIASAT 2!
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What do you pay? Large or small beam.