Question about Liberty plans

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Hi! My husband and I are currently Verizon Wireless customers with a 20GB plan. We've been talking with a local dealer for Exede in our area and will be switching within the next couple of weeks. My question involves the Liberty plans. The guy we spoke to said he recommends starting at the 10GB plan and then upgrading to the 18GB if need be. He doesn't feel we will need to upgrade. How fast is Exede compared to Verizon's 4G LTE network?

A little about our usage and such, we bought the house we are currently in back in May. We live in a pretty rural area. The house we lived before this one was also in a rural area but we were able to have Frontier Communications for Internet which wasn't too bad. It definitely wasn't as fast as Verizon, but it got the job done and we really had no complaints.

We don't stream videos, we don't have a Netflix or Hulu account. Our kids do have an Xbox but they don't play online. We mainly use the Internet to surf the web, social media, email, and our kids do homework online after they get home from school. I will be starting school in January and the majority of it will be online via Blackboard, but the classes I will be taking won't have video instruction. Just textbooks and message boards.

So, for those that have the Liberty plan, do you like it? If you don't stream videos and just browse, do you notice a change after you've used up your priority data?

Sorry for all of the questions, but any feedback will be appreciated!

Katie
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Old Labs (VS1-329)

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There's a fairly recent and long thread covering most of your questions at:

https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/thinking-about-switching-to-exede
 
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Katie, I have the Liberty 10 plan. I previously was on the Classic 10 plan, but was constantly watching my data usage so I would not go over. Now that I have the Liberty plan, I can use the internet more freely. I watch a few YouTube videos each day, use Facebook, email, and browse the net. Even after I went on the Liberty Pass last month, my speeds were in the 5 Mbps range, which allowed me to everything, including watching some YouTube, without any buffering or delays. I think the Liberty plans is a great improvement over the previous plans. You should start with the Liberty 10 plan and save your money, as even on the pass, you should get good internet performance.

To your question, no, I could not see any change in performance after going from my priority data to the pass, except in the speed tests. Your results may vary, depending on where you are located, as some of the areas of the country have more heavily loaded beams than others. I am located in western New York state, and have not had the slower speeds that people in parts of Virginia have been reporting. Your local dealer may be able to tell you what speeds you can expect, and if your area is suffering from high internet usage or not. Good luck, and Happy Holidays.
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Hi Katie, the forum has provided you with great answers to your questions. If you need any additional information about the Liberty plan, please visit this link; http://help.exede.net/articles/General/What-you-need-to-know-about-Exede-Liberty-Plans or contact our customer care team at 855-463-9333. You can also send an email to exedelistens@viasat.com with you contact information. Happy Holidays and welcome to ViaSat!
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Don't get Exede. You will be disappointed. Latency here is 800 to 1100ms, data is computed differently in that you will use data faster. The Verizon or Frontier internet will provide less latency for gaming, and will serve your needs better. Exede is really for those who are held hostage by areas that have no other Internet options available to them.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Jack,  Thank you for your input. ViaSat/Exede holds noone hostage.
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Jack didn't say Exede holds anyone hostage; he said "held hostage by areas that have no other internet options available to them." It's areas that hold hostage, not Exede. Exede provides internet where no other service is available.  IMHO if I had another option besides Exede I would jump on it.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi Jack,  thank you for the clarification. I'm sorry I misunderstood.  Have a Happy Holiday.
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FWIW, often the hostage takers are really state governments or local governments. The solution to U.S. broadband woes rests locally (either publicly or privately)  with communities willing to invest in broadband infrastructure.

For example, in my state, Virginia, stringent state requirements regarding cash flow prevent communities from building out their own public/private broadband networks - instead only the major private players can meet the requirements and those major players have little incentive to meet rural broadband needs.

At the same time local governments are in bed with the major players, since the local governments are the ones awarding the franchises.
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of the input!
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I have Liberty 12. I'm very happy with it. I have had very good luck with Exede and have had it for over 2 years.  I started out with the Exede 10 then got the chance to get Liberty plan. With Liberty plan can do some u tube video's. My speeds have always been good. I'm on beam 305 so that might make a difference. Some beams are more congested than others.
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I have Verizon 18 G data plan and i use it during the month and it lasts pretty much the 30 days.  I teach on the internet, not live streaming, but uploading downloading programs and Microsoft files.

The Verizon, i'm in a 3 G area is generally faster than Exede, when Verizon is 8 to 10 on the downloads exede is 6 to 8.  So 4G should be significantly faster yet.Sometimes i see 12 to 13 on both, uploading is rather pitiful with both 1.5 to 2.

 My wife uses the sat during the month and then i join her the last week.  As long as you have both and no netflix etc. and other users as you describe you'll need at least the 18 plan.  Because once your PRIORITY data is gone, it could get excruciatingly slow.

Don't you just love to monitor every bit and byte, reminds me of the early cell days, sux.

I do make use of the free zone midnight to 5am, but rhe reliability of exede during these periods varies losing the signal whatever has caused me to have retry downloads during this period over and over until i luck out and it completes, again kind of suxs.

When i built out in the country 25 years ago there was no internet for regular folks.

You'll probably need exede or another sat company with your verizon to get the job done.
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