I live in a rural area in Indiana where I only have seen 2 people with excede sat in a 30 mile radius at least.

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I only use our cells a hotspot. I have 60gb a month but it gets used fast with game updates. I need an unlimited plan but afraid this company isn't truly unlimited. Can anyone vouch for them that it truly is? Satellite internet is not popular where I live but I have no other option. Right now my download speed is maybe 7mbps until my data runs out then it is up to only 1mbps. And which package is best? It looks like it changed since I last checked into it. Thanks.
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computer1949

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Unlimited plans are capped at 150 gb then slowed down
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Kay1982

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Would it be faster than 1-7mbps? that's what I currently use most of the time.
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Probably not. I've never gotten 2 mbps on Exede/Viasat.
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WRONG !!!

Speeds are NOT "capped" and then slowed down after 150GB, they are De-Prioritized.  There is a huge difference in the two. 

If your beam is congested the speed may slow down, particularly during peak use times.  If your beam is not congested then speed will maintain rather good.

Viasat-2 is taking on subscribers now so no matter which beam you end up on it is only a matter of time until the load is balanced between Viasat-1 and 2.  After the load-shift, your speed will remain good all the time and being De-Prioritized will make negligible difference.
 
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Judge is correct in the fact that while we say we *MAY* deprioritize you after a certain point that's only if needed for network traffic management and only during peak hours. Outside of that you should be able to continue browsing and doing most online activities
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Thanks. It sounds good. I was looking into the silver 25 plus, but I wasn't aware of the 60GB before deprioritizing. What plan was 150GB?
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Peak times are usually mid afternoon to late night/early morning. That's when speeds will be slowest after you use all of the Priority Data on any Unlimited Plan. I have Unlimited Silver 25 Mbps and, off peak speeds run 25 to 40 Mbps for me, peak 17 to 20 Mbps, Holidays sometimes knock me to around 12 Mbps but, that's once a year for one or two afternoons.

I'd say go for an Unlimited plan and, try to do downloads, updates and, streaming off peak as much as possible.
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I was with exede 7 years went with tmobile put wife and my phone on international with unlimited LTE hotspot deprioritied afer 50gb but im at 500gb with no slow down and only spend $25 per line to add on.these new plans are a joke
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I can't get anything other than Verizon where I am. I have checked EVERYTHING and the only thing is satellite internet, I'm just afraid to commit and get it.
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Gerald Reed

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If its all u can get exede will be best bet new st went up so more capacity.I would never go back with prices they charge unless last resort
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Gerald Reed

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Keep an eye out tmobile bought 600Mhz nation wide and expaning fast
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How are you watching Netflix with your T- Mobile hotspot?
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I'm a huge fan of the T-Mobile network, but good luck getting signal everywhere.  T-Mobile is about ten million zillion times better than it was three years ago, but there are still some spots it doesn't cover. 

Coverage is really weird with them, but if you can get coverage from them, then definitely look into T-Mobile or Metro PCS.

The fastest speeds I've ever seen at my house with Metro PCS is 16 mbps.  My parents first house is further out in the country than mine, and I get 50 mbps with Metro PCS when I am at their place.  My parents second house is really out in the country (Pioneer, LA) and there is no T-Mobile coverage out there at all.

My mom plans to move into her second house someday, and when she does, she is going to be connected to them internets with the cheapest Viasat plan money can buy.  Either Bronze 12, Liberty 12, or whatever cheap option exists when she signs up.
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Speaking of Netflix and Tmobile, here is an interesting bit of information.

I get my T-Mobile service via Metro PCS.  I pay $90 a month for two phones with unlimited everything.  Video is throttled at 480p when viewed on the phone.

Unlimited data on the phone is supposed to slow down after 35 gb.  I have no clue how much it slows down since I've never used 35 gb, but rumor has it that they aren't enforcing the 35 gb threshold in some areas.

Hotspot data is supposed to slow down after 10 gb.  I've never used more than 10 gb, but I've heard the same rumor about speeds staying the same after 10 gb.

This is the most interesting bit.  Video is supposed to be throttled at 480p.  When I connect my laptop or Roku to the hotspot, I get full/unthrottled video quality.  Fast.com reports the same speeds as testmy.net.

End of rant.  T-mobile is nice but if you are in rural america, there is a good change you can't get it.  Thats where Viasat steps in.  Great plans, reasonable prices and you can get it just about anywhere.
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Gerald Reed

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I use netflix amazon video hulu cbs all access philo
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Gerald Reed

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Tmobile just spent billions on 600Mhz low band spectrum and is rolling it out where possiable now.But it does require new phone and it is not nation wide yet because some tv stations still are on it but rural coverage will be fixed.My area got 15Mhz of 600 but Kansas City tv staion still on it
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Hi Kay - It is hard to say what your particular experience will be with Viasat.  While definitely the best choice when it comes to Satellite Internet, personal experiences vary widely.  The access is unlimited as you are not completely cut off once you reach your data cap, but your bandwidth is throttled and "priortized" behind those who have not reached their limit.

I am on the Silver 25 plan and have only reached my data cap once.  The Internet did slow way down, but I was still able to browse, check email and stream audio.  Streaming video was out of the question as I did not have the patience to wait for the buffering.

Even while within my data allowance, there is quite a bit of congestion during prime time (6pm-11pm) and the Internet slows down; but I am still able to video stream, especially via Netflix and Amazon.  Hulu and other video services seem to be more susceptible to the slowness.

Plans available depend on your location. A lot of people like the Freedom plans but I don't have access to those at my location.  If you sign up for a particular plan and find that it doesn't fit your needs, Viasat will let you upgrade or downgrade your plan accordingly at no additional cost and without changing your contract obligation.

Viasat requires customers to sign a two-year contract. To get out of the contract, customers pay a flat fee of $15 per month remaining on the contract.

If you do go with Viasat, please make sure you read and understand all the terms before signing up.
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If you have any other option I'd say forget about satellite internet. I am not exaggerating at all when I say that dial up would be faster than what I'm getting at this moment.
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Have you contacted Viasat to see if they can help?
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Dexter Lumen

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Yes and it's just congestion, but at&t is expanding to my area soon so I'll finally be able to drop this terrible internet.
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So what speed are you getting?