But with your way of thinking, let's just keep working at improving that old 10 year car vs. bringing out a new model that is more efficient with better technology.
Once the new satellite is in service, even if you remain on your current plan speeds should improve because others (like myself) will run to get off Viasat-1, freeing up capacity for others like yourself.
That isn't a knock on the Exede service I have today, but I have struggled on one of the most congested beams on Viasat-1 with no Freedom plan option. I want my Freedom! :)
When the new sat comes on line, i won't be the first to switch, I will stay with what i have and evaluate, my needs and the service being provided at that time. If i stay with my plan/equipment then i will still have no contract/commitment time. I did add the service protection and that didn't require an additional contract either.
I hope that when the 2nd sat comes on line we will get a little faster and much more data, eve with 150 G, which i may never use in a month, i hate having to keep up with how much is left and i am conditioned to always watching my remaining data, that sucks, but it is a pretty reasonable amount to deal with.
I think the 2nd sat should give Exede the definite upper hand over other sat companies and if so, then if they do the right thing, they won't try and gouge their current or future customers with exorbitant contract fees for equipment.
We/'ll see if they can charge a reasonable fee, pay their expenses, and still do what is right for their customer base. If not i will still be a 150G man. Don't forget their are cellular advances on the horizon as well so depending where you are there may still be alternatives.
In the meantime, for sat users, this is about as good as there is.