Question about late night free zone

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I was looking at getting exede and had a few questions about the late night free zone, first is it really unlimited? I'm talking can I download all the way from 12 to 5 each and every night all night? If so does the speed change during these times? I play games on a 2-3mb just fine would this go about that speed? On the page it said around 5mbs in my area.
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cole

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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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Cole: The Free Zones are unlimited, although their availability is somewhat limited. You should go on exede.com and type in your zip code to see what plans are available in your area and if they have a Free Zone. Most of the existing Free Zones run from 3-8 a.m.
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When I type my zip it said free zone from 12- 5 am. I ask cause I'll be doing downloads of 10-20gb most nights. Would it cut me of or slow me down using it like this?
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It's unlimited, but the 12 to 5 am can be real slow until 2 - 3 am. The 3 to 8 am free zone is much better if you can get it as it's much faster.

As far as the comment below, I've had Exede for almost 3 years and only once has the LNFZ not started when it was supposed to.
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cole

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David, have you tested both? How fast does yours go on average?
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cole

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Also I live on top of a mountain where no one else lives, closest town is 5 miles away would this affect speed?
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Brian Shackelford

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It all depends on just how many other people are trying to do the same thing you are in the free zone.  It can be fast or it can be slower.  If you are wanting to play games, realize there is a roughly 700 ms latency on Satellite connections.  Check the games you are planning to play and ensure that they will be playable with that kind of delay.
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JEP

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Cole - You can sift through some of the answers here to get a feel for things.  Your speed during prime time (5pm to midnight) and the first couple of hours of the free zone will depend on the number of users in your beam.  Where I am in Virginia can slow down to 1 to 3 Mbps during prime time and then roll along at 18 to 20 Mbps in the morning.

As has been pointed out, the latency for a geosynchronous satellite can make twitch type games unplayable or at a minimum put you at a serious disadvantage. 

I have never had my free zone not start when it was supposed to, but I usually waited until 12:15 to start the big downloads.  What I have had happen is start a 3GB update from Microsoft and they decided things were moving to slow and put me on hold until 7am the next morning when I was out of the free zone.  Ouch.

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If you require it every night then no its not going to work seems like my LNFZ on some nights when I am FAPed does not kick in even through if you call they say it did and the next night it works fine. I even called one time since things were so slow I couldnt get anything to load and as soon as customer service put me on hold for a second to check I went from dial up speeds to 18mb and was told everything looked good on their end. I told her yeap now it is. I did not know what she did but it was fine. I do not know why they are still selling packages with LNFZ since they keep trying to get me off of it and onto the new packages but LNFZ is all that is keeping me on Exede since Hughes has a better package if Exede takes away my LNFZ.