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I am currently on the Freedom 150 plan with 12 Mbps. I rarely get about 1Mbps. My only plan options are to switch to Liberty 25 or Liberty 50. I have been reading here about a policy change to the Freedom 150 plans. I never got an email or letter telling me of this policy change. What are everyone suggestions on the plans I have available to switch to? I do not use much data probably average 20 GIG a month so the 25 plan would probably do it. Will I get better speeds and will I be able to stream in HD?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Did you get better speeds prior to the data management changes for your plan? What were your prime time speeds on average?

Just a guess, but you’ll probably see a little faster speeds.

You won’t do much streaming in HD before you’d blow through 25GB.
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To be honest I have never got great speeds. I would say that on average I would get 1-3 Mbps in the evening times. Do you happen to know what video quality is with the Freedom 150 plan? And will the Liberty plans be the same quality? Also, is the Liberty plans I shown available to me on Viasat-2?

Thanks
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I think you need to find others on your same beam and on the Liberty 12Mbps plans to see how their speeds are.  
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Wonder why they don't offer the 12gb plan now? I have the Liberty 12 plan for $50 a month $60 and some change after the lease fee. I get great speeds on mine long as I have priority data, Liberty pass for me is very slow at 0.25 and under now not that it means you will get those low of speeds just depends on congestion. Far as streaming yes you can stream with the plan but not cord cutting by all means. The data extender that comes with the plan is a nice feature it lets you have data streaming at 480p I think or turn it off for HD. You will get free time from 3am to 6am too so that is nice too.

  Still one of the best plans you will get on Viasat 1 for the price IMO.
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So these plans that are available to me are still on Viasat-1? I live in North Mississippi so I don't know what beam that I am on.
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Terry Hill

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Yup those are Viasat 1 plans. Far as I know Viasat 2 don't offer Liberty.
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stlcardy

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How can I tell which beam I am on?
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Michael McDowell

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This should give you a rough idea of what beam you are on.  
The plans have probably changed but the beam numbers should 
still be the same.
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stlcardy

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So why when I go to Viasat.com and enter my zipcode I am getting completely different plans available in my area?
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Bob Lexus

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Those are for NEW customers only

And beware everyone:
Choose your new plan carefully, if you wish to change plan after the promotion period for example, you will have a totally different menu to pick from...
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Looks as you can get on Viasat 2 if you want or stay on Viasat 1 with Liberty. The choice is your but if you jump to Viasat 2 you will need to agree to another 2 year contract as you will need new equipment and another install. I think that is Viasat 2 since it is offering 50mbps.
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stlcardy

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Which plan Viasat 1 or 2 would give me the same video quality as what I currently have now with viasat-1 freedom 150?
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Terry Hill

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I watch 1080p video on Liberty with the video extender turned off.
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stlcardy

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What type of speeds are you getting on average?
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Terry Hill

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With data during the day I get anywhere from 10 up to 19mbps prime I get 6mbps or so. Liberty pass as I said before is very slow for me but it depends on congestion so you may get great speeds or you might not.
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On those other plans you posted looks like you would get 360p with Bronze, 480p silver and 720p on gold so Liberty would give you better quality with the video extender turned off but it will eat your data fast or just use it during the free zone.
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I typically only use about 20 Gigs a month anyway so 25 would be plenty for me. I dont do a whole lot of streaming but when I do I want 1080 quality.
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Terry Hill

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Liberty 25 should be good for you if your only using 20gb. 
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Susan Jenulis

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I stream in HD and am on the 150 GB plan. I believe I read the average HD movie uses 3 GB. So that’s roughly 8 movies per month on a 25 GB plan. From what I use here, that seems about the right estimate.
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@Susan Jenulis....I stream in HD

You have before?  "rarely get about 1Mbps," maybe your dish needs aligned.
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Susan Jenulis

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I am in a low density beam (I think #370). I stream Prime Video at HD during the day, as my speed is very low during prime time use.. Netflix is at 720p.
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Also, I have been on the Freedom 150 GB, boost 25 plan for about 3 years. Speed was slower at first as I used their internal router. When I switched to my router (AirPort Extreme”) my speed jumped up to 40 mbps, some times I would see 50+ mbps. It would go down as low as 10 mbps. I hardly ever saw speeds under 10mbps for those first few years. Now since the “wonderful plan update”, I still see speeds during the day in the 30s and 40s until about 5:00 PM when they throttle me down to 1.5mbps. The irony is I pay for 150 GB but my monthly use was usually 40 GB. But they throttle me now just the same as those going over their allotment. It is what it is, my only other option for internet is Hughes net.
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Recording vids might be an option.  Beam 370 is below NorCal, and towards the top of SoCal.  If you have home cellphone service, there might be another option.

Get some Netflix DVDs...cheap service.
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Except most good and original content isnt on DVD's anymore.
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Susan Jenulis

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No cell signal here in the mountains, cell service about 45 minutes away in all directions.  At my age dementia is right around the corner so maybe I can watch my current DVD collection and feel like it's all new releases!
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If you live in Kern County, one should be enjoying Nature


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Susan Jenulis

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I do live in Kern mountains, but 6 years of heavy drought has left trees anything but green. The picture above is like a viasat commercial, really pretty, but not a truthful representation of what it is now.