Liberty 12 + Boost 25

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12 MB does not sound like a lot. We added the boost25 but I got a feeling that will be useless if I run out of data. The free time is a crazy time unless I sleepwalk & surf ... there are no better options than this? Slowdown is ok if it's not extreme
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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First of all it's 12GB but secondly the 12GB plans are our introductory plans in many areas. Bigger plan upgrades should be available
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Bev, Champion

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The 12 GB is your data allowance, the 25 Mbps (that's MegaBITS not Megabytes) is you maximum speed - two different things.

If you are talking strictly about speed, then it's UP TO 12 Mbps or, up to 25 Mbps so long as you have not exceeded your data allowance for the month. Many factors affect speed but, with boost 25 you should see faster speeds quite often, especially in off peak hours, assuming you are not over your data allotment for the month.
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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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I often wonder whether the Boost 25 option is a double edged sword with severely limited data plans.

The extra speed, while probably nice for some activities and multiple simultaneous users in the household, would seem at least to this observer increase data usage without some caution exercised.

For example, it's well known that certain web sites adjust to higher speeds by increasing video resolution, sending even more ads down the pipeline, etc. Naturally that extra speed also encourages more simultaneous use by multiple users and all of this occurs without subscribers "changing their usage patterns".

Those of us who came over from Wildblue certainly remember the usage adjustments we needed to make going from as little as 512Kbps on Wildblue to 12 Mbps on Exede. 

25 Mbps may let you stream 4K but you'll be quickly "buying more". For me I'd base the decision on what that extra charge for 25 Mbps is getting me - there may be some valid reasons to opt for it but I have none and YMMV.