Silver 25-150 throttling

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I am stepping up to do my part to aid in relieving congestion by leaving ViaSat.  The policy changes to Unlimited users are as promised and I seem to get average 25 Mbps speed but unfortunately the 30 Mbps at 5 am doesn't help ease the 2 Mbps during peak times, like when I actually want to use it.  I've never gone over 40 Gb in a month .... far from the 150 Gb threshold.  I will join Old Labs and Andy Shack and others that have left.  

I found a local fixed wireless provider that offers true unlimited @ 20 Mbps. for $80 + tax.  I wish you all well and thanks for help and support from this community.  
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Will Seemore

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I had to Google fixed wireless. I am assuming it gets better reception than a portable hot spot? What do they charge for install?
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I'd be curious to know what VZ device you have, pretty much anything that is "clear" that connects to their network, LTE, will work.  All jetpacks should, going years back (mine from 2012 does).  If it's a different device that isn't a jetp., then you just temporarily use a jetp. to activate it, then move the sim to your device.

New ~poor but passable jetp. is $40 sometimes from Amazon and other stores, used, high quality, depends, $30 to $70 for very decent.  <$50 for a home lte router with ethernet out (new or open box new).

Then, using the $40 prep. refill pins on ebay for $25 each ($80 worth of refill for $50 out of pocket), or so, works out cheaper, not counting if you could add in more lines for the multiline discount.

Not saying you made a bad choice, just mentioning things....  Having an actual home internet plan might be preferable long term.
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I just quickly checked into the fixed wireless in my area. Strangely enough ATT isn't available, and Verizon is but it is more expensive, data capped and average speeds are no better than what they quote for a hotspot. Looks like were I am at fixed wireless would not be a smart choice, just get a hotspot.
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Congratulations Harvey for finding something better. You're fortunate that you have an alternative option to satellite.
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aabbcc    It's this one.   I put the IMEI address in the web to sign up and it kicked it back.  I do not see anywhere to put in a card.  It must be hard-wired. 

Novatel T1114 4G LTE MiFi Home Router BYOP for Verizon Bundle
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Novatel t1114.  Last I heard that did work, but, best to double check "elsewhere" if something changed.  Like I said, the sim does need activated with a jetpack first (borrow, buy, might just work to use an imei to activate outside the jetpack (which you could get from an ebay listing ~maybe, but I never tried that), but after that, doesn't matter (mine's in a Verizon Smarthub).  Checking an imei other than a jetpack doesn't work.  And you do have to disassemble that to get to the sim,didn't look too difficult (other devices are easier of course).  I ~think it takes a different size sim than recent jetpacks if I recall correctly, but you can get sim adapters, anywhere, like amazon, just plastic spacer type things, less than $5 or around there for a kit with a few.

For checking, if you decide to look into it, there's an active Verizon area on Reddit, and some on Howardforums and DSLreports, some people there probably still have these.
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Good for you Harvey. I agree, I never went over my 150GB priority data either. But thanks to Viasat's draconian policy change (which doesn't impact all people on 150GB plans), I had to make a change too.

I wish Viasat the best. But I cant imagine how many customers they have now lost due to that policy change that they otherwise wouldn't have if more reasonable changes would have been enacted. Oh well. Water in the bridge now.
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id get a new isp asap , anything is better than viacrap , i read on here a few people had good luck with the verizon jetpacks 
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Strange. I've had Wildblue/Exede/Viasat for over 10 years and my service works quite well.
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I am dependent on satellite internet service. To receive the local broadband wireless, I would have to put a receiver on a tall tower in my backyard. We live on a ranch in South Texas. Cell phone service is atrocious also! I now have upgraded to Unlimited Gold 12. Unlimited until you use 100 gigs and then they will throttle me! But that's better than what I had. It was 18 gigs a month. I was being choked most of the time! Sadly, I now have all of those very expensive gigabytes, but my uploads and downloads are atrocious! 

One of my biggest pet peeves is that with cloudy, rainy weather, everything goes out!
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If my Viasat was 2 Mbs at peak times I would still have it. It is so strange how people's experience vary so much by location.
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Well we first have to establish if you are on Viasat-2.  But depending on the plan, yes.
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Got the new triangular teepee modem a month ago. According to Steve Frederick that means I’m on vs2

Old plan speeds “up to” match new plan Bronze so we decided to try Silver which states speeds “up to” 25. Can’t see any difference.

Might downgrade to bronze and see what happens. But I guess I should download a pc app to test speeds first. Any recommendations on a speed test?
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Yes you have Viasat-2. But unless you are on one of its high density beams (i.e. available to get a Gold or Platinum plan), I am not sure how much difference you will see between Viasat-1 and Viasat-2 performance. My advice is to get the cheapest plan you can. I mean, the only difference is priority data and lower video resolution (but there are ways around that) when comparing many Bronze and Silver plans. The speed stuff is all relative.

Use Testmy.net to test your performance. I had satellite internet for over 20 years, and I found it the most reliable.
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What was satellite internet like 20 years ago? 20 years ago I had 786 Kps DSL. I even lived in the city in So Cal and didn't get DSL till the late 90's. I first started with dialup in 1994.
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20 years ago I would get 250 - 300kbps download. 20 years later with Viasat during primetime (after the January policy change), I got 250- 300kbps during primetime.

So to answer the question, at times it was no different than today!
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Seems like I'm getting the advertised speeds according to testmy.net