I am considering the libertly play. My question is about what determines the speed when in the liberty data. Is it always the traffic on the beam or does it get slower as one uses more and more data.
Sue, on the Liberty Plan, speeds will always be dependent on the network traffic on your beam. That being said, while you are your priority data, that speed will be pretty fast. Once you exceed your priority data, you will be on the Liberty Pass, where speeds will be in the 1 to 5 Mbps during the morning and afternoon hours, but during the evening hours, speeds could drop very low, sometimes making it difficult to even load some web pages. When on the pass, your priority is going to be lower than the other users in your beam who are still within their data allotment for the month. I have no complaints with how my speeds are when I am on the Pass, sometimes it is slow in the evenings, so I try to limit my use of the internet when that happens.
A customer support agent told me a couple of weeks ago that when the new Viasat satellite goes up in January then Exede will offer the Freedom Plan for $100 monthly for the 12 Mbps speed or $110 for the new double speed service that includes the new WiFi router. He said the deal won't be only for new customers but for current customers as well. Sure hope that's right. The Freedom Plan has a soft cap at 150 GB per month.