Going unlimited Verizon vs Viasat

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I have been with Viasat for awhile on the unlimited silver plan. However, we recently cut the cord and use sling TV. We only need around .6-1.0 mbs to stream. However, when we run out of priority data we cannot even pull .5mbs. Does anyone think it would be better to get an unlimited Verizon phone and jet pack plan. My Verizon speeds around my house range from 2mbs rarely to the usual 5-12mbs. High end we can see 20mbs.. we usually get 1-2 bars LTE.
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This is an obvious case of "Haven't you suffered enough?"

ViaSat will NEVER treat residential customers like they are real people.  Residential customers are a scourge to ViaSat.  Whenever they can declare "Mission Accomplished" on this latest cheat-scheme racket they are running, the knobs will be turned down and everybody's speeds will go down into the pits.  Here comes the tried-and-true "we're sorry your speeds are so slow, we are experiencing congestion in your area." And for the even slightly more tech-savvy, they'll be saying "Well, with the shift from all the Freedom plan, and a lot of unlimited plan subscribers changing plans, now we have more users on your beam, so congestion is becoming an issue, but we're working on it."

Need proof?  Read this forum's articles for the past 2 months for the recent showing of colors and go back for as many years as you like and see how it's always been and always will be.  If you can get ANYTHING other than ViaSat you'll have less stress in your life.


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Unless you have cable internet, you shouldn't be cord cutting.
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Overnight is okay. But the problem is HBOGo would get stuck recording and kept recording eating drive space and data. Sort of like the Viasat meter looping issue in the early days. Of course, that never happened. Allegedly ;).
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Guess I should have tested that last month.  They gave me HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Showtime free for three months when I renegotiated my Directv bill.  I watched a total of ~two movies during that time out of all those channels.  So I don't see much point in subscribing for myself....

I didn't see the looping issue, I did have the fictional usage spike with Wildblue one time, only time I ever went over and it was their issue.  One hour under cap a fair bit, next hour over cap, next hour back under to where it started (and I had logs of all data use).
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The Wildblue usage meter was rock solid for me. It was more accurate, dependable, and had a date/time stamp. The Exede/Viasat usage meter was none of this.

I don't have HBO to watch movies. Just like Netflix or Amazon, it is a common misconception you don't need those because you can just rent movies by snail mail or Redbox. It is the series produced by those companies that I watch. Outside of sports, I haven't watched network television in about 30 years. The quality of series those companies make far exceeds any junk on network television. And they are FINALLY making another Deadwood. Alas about 15 years too late :(.
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I have an antenna and watch broadcast TV, ha,ha. It does suck. I am eventually going to have to break down and get either Dish or Direct. My issue is watching sports. It seems every year more and more is removed from broadcast TV. College football is now down to only having 4 bowl games on the major networks. I can't believe they still have as much March Madness on the major networks as they do, especially since it is so popular.
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Only about a 1/4 of March Madness is on network now. But at least I can watch all the games now!
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Well im getting 2 bars of 4 g lte and i stream allday nonstop in 1080 p without any buffering just fine so id say go with the jetpack 
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3G VZW broadcasts farther than 4G VZW...if a 4G cellphone works at your place (even works for text message), then an antenna like this could work with a Jetpack and a pigtail., or with a signal booster. 
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yeah phone called and texting work great and 4G on my jetpack in window on side of the house I know the tower is on gets 3 bars. And may wait on tree coverages to move in and see what I get and decide which way to go for sure. Also how do you guys keep power to the jetpack I have caught myself forgetting to plug it in a wake with no internet LOL 
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I just have my Jetpack powered through a cheap timer. It turns on for an hour every 6 hours, keeps the Jetpack battery charged very well.
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I fetched an used TL-WR1043ND v1.x off of ebay....it is only used to charge Jetpack's battery, and it keeps 6620L unit awake  I did install OpenWrt 18.06.2, but I don't think this is needed.  If your Jetpack falls asleep, then consider installing OpenWrt.

I use this router now for Ethernet based printer, and charging Jetpack, 24x7.
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My Jetpack is a 6620L also. The only issue I have is it will slow down every couple weeks and need a reboot to cure it.

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