ViaSat 2 - Is it fast? is it truly unlimited?

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What does “Unlimited” mean? What are users experiencing?
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L.L.

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ggg rt

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It means read the FINE PRINT on the contract and the definition will be revealed.that's my past experiencee
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Depends on what satellite, what plan, what location.
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Viasat is not truly unlimited. On some plans your speed will drop to almost nothing if you go over your data limit. On other plans your speed will be "prioritized" if you go over, meaning during times of congestion your service will be quite slow.
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While "technically" it is Unlimited, there is a point at which you will be "de-prioritized" ... meaning others who have not reached this limit will get their data first and yours will become slower during periods of heavy usage.  What it's meant to us is that in the evenings when we get home from work.. I can no longer stream Netflix or any of my TV apps until the period resets. 
If you're planning on becoming a cord-cutter and watch TV alot, you'll have issues.
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Best to get the Dish Network $22 package.
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NOT UNLIMITED!! After going over our 100 they have “prioritized” our speed which really means your out of luck for internet until your new month. So frustrating to pay this much and can’t use internet at all. Called many times they just tell me I’ve gone over my 100 and it will be slow until the new billing cycle. Our family has to turn off WiFi and use our cell phones to stream or browse the internet. Sitting here watching Netflix on my iPhone instead of my 75in smart tv. Called to cancel since we are still on our 1st month and it’s $350 to get out of my contract.
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L.L.

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$150 per month is a lot. You would think you could at least watch Netflix without issues.
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You can watch Netflix. But if you go over your priority data, you might not be able to.
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I am on the Freedom 150 GB plan, a plan that was only offered for a very short time a year or so back. I do watch Netflix and Hulu, sometimes three hours a day. That will average about 15 GB a day, so I can't do that every day of my cycle or I will max out and then it is SLOW time. Since back in the "old days" (2012) when I started with Viasat I only had 10 GB a month, then later 18 GB a month, with gradual increases as time went on, I am always very careful how much of  my monthly "data budget" I have used, and work with that. My only choice for internet is satellite, and Viasat is my ISP of choice at my home.

Back a few years ago, streaming programs and movies was just not an option with satellite internet. Now it is, within reason. One just must be aware of how much data they have used so they can stretch their data allotment through the whole cycle.
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I hope 3 hours of streaming isnt using 15GB! Should be around 6 or so, and that is for HD quality.
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Netflix for 3 hours day doesn't use that much. lol. That's about how much I watch and we still have plenty to spare. Unless you're watching full HD.
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L.L.

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That’s terrible! Why would they say unlimited? Unlimited access, but not unlimited speed apparently.
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Unlimited is used by all internet providers and does not mean unlimited speed.  All it means is you are not completely shut down or automatically charged for more date when you go over your limit.  This is nothing new and has been happening for years with providers.  ( also Brannnn, you are probably on a plan that throttles your streaming to 2mbs all the time, even with priority data.  So going over your data will really throttle your streaming speed!)
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I was looking at U.S. Cellular's prepaid options (need a temp. phone and they are the only carrier with coverage in a certain area), I like their advertising.  $40 gets 3GB then throttled to 2G.  $55 gets "unlimited"* (*"All data on Unlimited Data plans stream at speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps and will automatically shift to 2G speeds when each line reaches 15GB").  Might as well call the $40 plan unlimited too, same difference, $55 plan could be "even more unlimited than unlimited". "Unlimited", though technically true, is a plan description that is thrown around WAY too much.
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L.L.

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Agreed! Unlimited is just a flashy marketing term to attract the sheep.
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Jim is pretty correct. We do get beat up over that a bit but it's unlimited data since we do not cap you off or shut you off after surpassing a certain amount according to whatever plan you go with. You may see speeds slow as you're put on a lower priority on the network during peak hours (5pm-12am in most areas) but you still have a connection and can probably surf but streaming might be difficult to do.
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Viasat approved wording states "Unlimited Data". I prefer to look at it positively, this helps you have decent internet while you're within your priority limit. If Viasat promised truly Unlimited High-Speed, nobody would ever get high-speed. I do wish there was still a Free Period though. This would give customers who are interested in conserving data a way to do so with the unlimited plans.
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i got att weireless internet works great and cheaper
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John Sutterfield

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and sorry brad i am not able to browse my web page just sits and loads then times out unlimited bull
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I've dealt with the same issue.  I'm fine with the limits, but I cannot browse the net once over the limit, I get time outs and socket errors.  That is the only issue I have with the service.  I now make sure I stay under the limit.
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My experience is that for the first two months were pretty good, as long as I wasn't streaming netflix. Now, I am 11 days from the end of my billing period. I have been throttled since a few days after my billing period started. I say throttled as the tech that came out couldn't find anything wrong with the dish, wiring, or modem. He tried to replace the modem, but couldn't get the new one associated with my account. So Here I sit, having 11 days left in the billing period, I have only used 19 of the 100 GB I have for the month. My current download speed is 250Kbps. I would suggest to read a book rather than subject yourself to this misery.