Timing on Any New Offerings - What Does Soon Indicate?

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I have noticed on our extremely congested area that there is another provider with a different service offering plans similar in pricing with the same features as Evolution and higher data caps.  I (and many others) have been waiting to hear from Exede for a while now about new offerings that seem to be continuing to get pushed back.  The response when asked is we will be announcing soon.  Well, perhaps my English is bad, however soon usually indicates less than 2 months.  I usually take to mean in a matter of days, maybe weeks.

So Exede, here is your weekly question asking when will the announcements come out?  Can we expect them on the 1st of April?  Might be a bad time though (some may take it as a prank.....).  So make that April 2nd? 

I am not unsatisfied with my service, however if there is more for the money by switching and I get to save a few dollars in the process, I don't know I can justify not moving services.  I guess on the upside is if I do, that is one less person on our beam using up data.
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Saw the answer in another post being made while I wrote this one. Figures.  Well we will see if I live in "some areas".  For the record, just in case it is actually being discussed at Exede, if you do implement data caps on the free zone times, there will be little to no difference between you and the other established Satellite provider.

The other link is here:

http://www.wildblueworld.com/forum/showthread.php?9219-New-things-to-come-in-early-2015
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Brian, all I can say that is that soon is now imminent! You saw Alex's post, so you already know. Stay tuned!
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Waiting ..... I am on pins and needles.....
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Thanks for posting this Brian, I was about to ask the question too.  Like you, I can also get a much better plan at a much lower price as well but since I am not unsatisfied with Exede will stay if they can offer something similar.  Like I've said many times, there may be some people that the LNFZ is great for, but for me what Hughes offers during their night time period is more than plenty for me to run updates, and misc.  I need the data from 8 am to 2am for it to be useful for me.  
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Runor has it that many Exede employees are going in Saturday for training in preparation for a big announcement next week. Even more encouraging is that the source of this rumor indicated we may see some different offerings even in my area on our congested beam. Now that may be good or bad depending on the announcement.....

Hopefully it isnt just another April fools joke ;P
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Well Brian, let me just say.....


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Lol...
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So is the big news that I'm already too late in coming up the worm hole or particle accelerator idea???

PS your just not right Beau lol
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I was just streaming Knight Rider last night while painting.  One of my old fave shows from the 1980's. ;)  (Not on Exede though, on NCN (WISP) at our north farm.)
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For those who've been waiting on pins and needles for the big announcement and don't follow the other forum, welcome to the Liberty and Essential Plans:

http://help.exede.net/articles/General/What-you-need-to-know-about-Exede-Liberty-Plans

Link courtesy of Exede Alex over there... more info coming next week regarding beam availability.

Also read the updated customer agreement, data allowance and network management policies for additional details as to what these entail:

http://www.exede.com/legal   
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Time will tell. We will have to see what is offered in what area.  If in our area it might make sense to try one out for the remaining few months on our contract and see how it goes.  Though its hard to justify the pricing for these plans vrs the $80. for the Hughes Ultra offered in my area with 50GB/50GB plan plus smart browsing.   But the 12 GB plan would be similar to what we have with Evolution in theory so maybe a test drive and then decide if the plan allows us to do what we need most months.  I definitely don't have to stream in HD being one of the people that grew up with grainy black/white tv's with tin foil wrapped on the antenna to try to improve the reception. ;) 
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I am having mixed feelings on the new offering. What I am not sure about is if I am already experiencing 5-7 Mbps service during the afternoon (3:30 PM EST getting just under 7 Mbps) what will this look like once I exceed my allowance. Will I get sub 1 Mbps or are the saying I should still get at least 1 Mbps if I am a "light user".

Not sure if it is the right move to switch or not. I guess before I even get to that point I have to determine if the plan is even available to me in my area. Love to hear anyone else's thoughts on these new offerings!
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I am not at all impressed with the pricing, $20 more for 2 additional GB on the lowest plan. I guess for those who are constantly going over their allotment each month, it may be an advantage, but not something I would see being useful. I hardly ever use the LNFZ, but why would I pay an additional $20 a month to give it up?

If this is the "exciting new offerings" that Exede Alex has been promoting, it just reminds me of when Coke came out with their "new" Coke, one of the biggest marketing flops in many years.

I was hoping for a much better usage meter, and an LNFZ or EBFZ indicator. Maybe these are things to come soon, it is hard to say.
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Steve, the lowest plan is $49.99 for 10GBs and has the EBFZ. The first Liberty plan is higher, but you're essentially paying to not have to worry about DAP speeds the majority of the time, should you go over.
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I understand that, I do not plan on switching from the Classic 10 plan I have now. I have never had a problem saying under 10 GB in all the years I have been on Wildblue/Exede.
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"Steve, the lowest plan is $49.99 for 10GBs and has the EBFZ."

What plan is this?
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What plan is this?
Essential 10..  at first glance it appears to be identical to Exede 12-10 except for the different free zone time period, Makes sense for early risers particularly when usability of the LNFZ is starting to drift into the 3:00 AM time slot most nights - for me I'm starting to wait until around 3:00 AM to effectively leverage LNFZ. Doesn't really impact me that much since I've got a couple of old dogs who generally provide a free wake up call around then but the extra three hours provided by an EBFZ option would be nice when needed.

Not really disappointed in the early announcements since I never saw where the excess capacity was going to come from to support what everybody really wants. Was hoping for some value added services, even if at additional cost. Was also hoping for some changes to the usage meter and a free zone indicator.

The latter two don't warrant any built-up anticipation and should simply occur without fanfare.

But it's still Christmas eve and we've only gotten a chance to shake a couple of presents and sneak a peak through the wrapping paper at this point... so far I'm only hearing a sweater and a tie in the boxes shaken thus far.
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I'm greatly underwhelmed even If I could get one of the new plans, which I doubt. This wasn't worth waiting for since what, Nov?.
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Looking into this more, it really is hard to justify switching to me. I would still rather go with the Evolution plan with its EBFZ and unlimited web and email browsing. To limit our traffic to 12 GB at full speed (that would be the comparably priced plan to what I have now) and have no access to a free full speed time just doesn't seem to make sense for us.

I do windows updates on several systems at the house each month. I can see this eating up all of the BW by itself and then being left with throttled traffic for the rest of the month. Well I already get what is essentially throttled traffic when I am at "full speed" due to the congestion on our beam in the evenings, so I am fearful of what speed I might actually end up with using the Liberty Pass system.

While these are certainly interesting changes, the ambiguity as to what is guaranteed (basically nothing when it comes to congested areas) for Liberty Pass speeds as well as lack of detail as to what "heavy" and "light" internet traffic means, make me very leery of switching.

If I look at what kind of speeds and access I got when DAP'd on my current plan and compare that to what I might get with the Liberty Pass plan, what guarantee will I have that things that did not work while DAP'd on a classic plan will actually work on the Liberty plan? In reading the agreement and the policies, I see ZERO guarantees and a lot of legal ambiguity.

Now, I personally would rather have a 5 Mbps guaranteed speed for a much higher guaranteed data cap than have a possibility of maybe getting 1-5 Mbps if I am a light internet user. This is moving kind of in the right direction, but again I doubt the ability to deliver on the speeds for those on congested beams.

These are just my initial thoughts for what they are worth.
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Liberty & Essential plans are the big announcement we have all been waiting for?  To quote Peggy Lee, "Is that all there is?"
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JEP, my thoughts exactly. And, only available in 25% of the beams, which are the under-subscribed ones at that. That means 75% of the beams get nothing, and my guess is that those 75% of the beams with no new plans represent a much larger percentage of the total subscriber base.

No free zone indicator, no data rollover, no improved data monitoring meter. 

Oh well, we were lead on for this? ha ha
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I didn't expect much, just a token but we didn't even get that. I can't believe this has been hyped up like it has and then the vast majority get nothing.
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I still think if they would put the status meter in the modem like hughesnet does it would save a ton of people from having overage problems.  When I switched and they were like oh you have to log in to this website to view your data usage i was like what? really?.  Hughesnet even has a app you can install on your computer that shows you how much data you have left.  As far and the liberty portion of the new plans they are trying to have plans similar to Hughes' max plan that has there smartbrowsing technology with it.

 Just some food for thought for Alex to bring up to his marketing team and bosses :)

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