Viasat isn't very expensive

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It's amazing how people like to come here and claim that Viasat is too expensive. I actually saved money by switching from AT&T to Viasat.

I just got a global phone yesterday. I can go almost anywhere on the planet and have reliable phone/internet service. The catch is, it costs money. A lot more money than Viasat for a lot less service.

Data in the USA is 20 cents per MB and goes as high as $3.20 per MB depending where you are on the planet. That's a lot more expensive than the costs people are complaining about with Viasat.

For me it's about convenience. If I don't like it I have two options, don't use it or purchase a local sim card in Vietnam. I can probably get data cheaper but it will still cost me a fortune to make calls to the USA unless I use Skype.

If you don't like Viasat you have options. Move to the city or switch to Hughesnet. A Verizon hotspot might be an option for you as well.

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Mom plans to bring the global phone with her to the Philippines next month. The rates are a lot cheaper where she will be but still a lot more expensive than Viasat. Imagine that.

I guess I should go on the WorldSim Facebook page and go nuts about how unfair it is for mom to have cheaper phone service than me.

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For me, the extra cost of sat internet over ground based internet is worth it.  I'd much rather live where I do and have to pay a bit more for internet than live in a noisy city or suburb in order to have cable or fiber.  And, granted, sat internet has its limitations, but my life isn't going to end because I can't stream for eight hours a day or play some Xbox game.     

I like the fresh air and the quiet.  Well, quiet until my neighbor sparks up his Harley.  :)  
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Around my house the noise starts when everyone is sighting in their muzzle loaders and deer rifles in the fall.
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That, too.  LOL.  

A farmer who owns a bunch of land (about 450 acres) right next to ours started a hunting "club" about a decade ago.  Every hunting season there are at least a half dozen hunters out here on any given day.  I don't hunt, personally, but if I did it'd be a great place to do so.  It's not unusual for me to look outside and see a dozen or more deer passing through my yard.  

Caught this one trying to get something from a low lying branch early one morning last spring...



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That definitely makes up for the limited internet we have!
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I like to listen to my music loud at 2am now and then. Can't do that with neighbors who live 5 feet from you.
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Depends on the plan. If you are paying north of $200/month for internet that is not mobile nor allows you to cord cut, that's pretty pricey.
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$200 a month for 150 GB of high speed internet is still a lot cheaper than paying 20 cent per MB.


Last night I loaded up Testmy.net on my global phone just to see how much data it would use. I didn't run a speed test. It took 1 mb to load the page and cost me 20 cents. It would have cost me a few dollars just to run an actual test.


Not to mention, my global phone isn't going to get high speed data everywhere on the planet, but it is high speed when it comes to draining my wallet. $3 per MB is nuts but it's the price for convenience.
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Trust me, the Bronze plan will eventually be $50.

Liberty 12 used to be the same price that people are currently paying for Unlimited Bronze.

Even when Liberty 12 was available to everyone for $50, they still complained about price.
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Yes. They did.

I am trying to remember what I paid initially for satellite internet in 1996, but alas that was a long, long time ago!
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I've had Wildblue/Exede/Viasat now for over 10 years and I've paid somewhere between $50-$100 a month during that period.
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My zip code, Viasat's cheapest plan is $100 plus lease for 35GB of data.  $200 buys 720p and 65GB.  Up to 12Mbps.  That's their offer after being closed most of 6 years.  Hughesnet's cheapest plan is $10 off for 2 years, so $40. Up to 25Mbps, 10GB before deprioritized.  Plus 50 GB bonus zone.  So 60GB of data plus "unlimited".  $100 for 2 years gets 50GB plus 50.  I don't see a choice there. 

I don't think it's inappropriate to suggest Viasat definitely could offer a plan of some sort for $50.  Over 10 years ago Wildblue offered almost 10GB combined, they could offer that, for low income, "grandma and grandpa" plan.  It could have a hard cap, or a lower deprioritization threshold.  Slower.  Something.  If they choose not to be competitive and won't offer an affordable plan, so be it.




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In many markets, Viasat has offered $50 plans.

The reality is, no matter what Viasat offers, people will still complain.

I'd switch to Hughesnet if they could provide similar service at a reduced price. People come on this forum all the time and call Viasat a monopoly but the reality is, virtually everyone has the option of switching to Hughesnet.
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150 GB is 150,000 MB.


20 cents per MB multiplied by 150,000 MB comes out to $30,000.


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Hang on... I'm checking your numbers....

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