How long do we have to pay the modem fee 2 years? You would think after awhile they would no longer charge you for it! Also Exede should have a protection plan maybe pay $7 a month and if something happens with your service they will come out and fix it and replace what needs to be replaced free of charge! The way I understand it now if something happens your SOL and Have to pay someone to come out and fix what needs to be fixed or pay to have your modem replaced if it goes bad, Etc.. Etc. Etc.
I have to pay rental on both my DirecTV receivers, long after the 2 year contract was fulfilled. It is what it is, if you are opposed to the rental fee, then you do have a choice, although it would require you to give up with Exede service, and go to the competition, who by the way, also charged an equipment rental fee. I know, they offer a service agreement, for a healthy monthly fee.
I say about the protection plan, its there stuff and they will tell you. You are just renting it, so if any thing should go wrong its there equipment to fix. Direct TV tried to stick me with that and i asked them who does the equipment belong to and they said them. I said since you own it and I am renting it, then I shouldnt have to pay for it. The rep said that is true, it was just a good thing when you use to keep the equipment. So I am not paying for a service plan on something I am renting. I have rental properties, I know what my renters would tell me if i asked them if they would want to buy a service contract. "this is why we rent so we do not have to worry about stuff". As long as I am paying $7.00 a month for $99.00 modem and never own, why would you want to add to it and pay for a unnecessary service plan. Are you not paying enough now?