What’s the difference between the freedom 150 plan and the unlimited plan if you are going to be throttled at 150 either way?

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I got the freedom 150 plan when it was available and was planning to get unlimited. However the description says you get throttled at 150 so if it’s throttled at 150 eitger way what am I paying an extra $40 for?
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well by that means... once you get past the 150gbs onto the unlimited plan... youll be still able to like do stuff but yet... when there is like a network congestion OR during the peek hours... your speeds WILL be decresed... once youve surpassed the 150gbs of the unlimited data plan... but once when its passed the network congestion and peek hours... your speeds will be back to normal :D even when you DO surpass the 150gbs... :D do ya kinda get where imma coming from??? if not then... someone else might be able to explain it better than me :D
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Charlie

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Yeah makes sense. I misunderstood deprioritise with throttling. I’ve switched since figuring that out
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The freedom 150gig is going to be a very hard cap, your speeds will drop dramatically.  The unlimited plans are supposed to be reasonably high after you go over 150gigs, taking in congestion and such. .... Hi Deku!!
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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I think the above replies are definitely a good explanation of these new plans vs a Freedom Plan. The biggest difference is that Freedom gives you a hard cap, the Unlimited won't. In addition there's not a speed range like on Liberty Pass, you'll be at priority speeds afterwards and only slowed if needed during the busier times on the network which is not unlike what DSL and Cable does. 

It's not as big of a carrot for someone on the Freedom plan as it is for someone that could get a 25GB plan at best but I'd say if you routinely go over your Freedom limit, you might enjoy the extra data. If you stream and 720p is just fine you can probably benefit from the plan.

The throttling is a big *IF* and that would depend where you live and how busy your beam is. Most reports I've seen since the plans went live last weekend is that speeds weren't slowed after 150 and one gentleman said he only saw it after 243GB and it was just for 2 hours before restoring to normal speeds.
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I made a post to this after going over 150gb I was basically shut down once in a great while I would see speed above 4gb I am on the silver unlimited plan
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Unlimited Silver is the only new plan available on my beam, but it's $150 per month. Too steep for me considering I'm currently on the Freedom plan for $100. I think I'll wait till Viasat 2 is online before I make any other changes.
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Check again, I got the Ulimited Silver added to my beam this week at $100
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Rique

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That's only for some beams. Viasat has radically different pricing for the exact same service plan, which varies depending on what beam you happen to be on. For example, on my beam, it's $150 for Silver unlimited at 480p, whereas many can get the same plan with the same level of service (unlimited, 480p "optimization") for $100. In other words, some Viasat customers are being charged Gold pricing for Silver level of service.
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That is exactly right Rique. What don't some people get. Pricing (and plan availabilty) is all dependant on location, location, location.

For my location, all I can get is silver for $150. It is what it is for me. An inferior plan (to Gold) at a premium price. But it is avavilable.
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" In other words, some Viasat customers are being charged Gold pricing for Silver level of service."


Rique,

For some reason you are choosing to ignore or overlook some important points:

Fact: A satellite has finite capacity limits

Fact: The capacity of VS-1 is divided into 72 Ka band spot beams, each beam having its own capacity limits

Fact: Of those 72 beams, 63 cover a portion of the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii.

Fact: Subscribers located within the footprint of each beam are not evenly disbursed. This results in some beams having more data capacity than others. This means that the laws of supply and demand come into play.

Fact: Therefore their are 63 "markets" for Exede VS-1 service

Fact: Streaming video content is one of the more data intensive activities.

Fact: Cord-Cutting is not well suited to satellite internet connections due to the above stated items.

Fact: The act of "video optimization" will go a long way in maximizing the data throughput in each beam.

Fact: Beam capacity dictates what level of optimizations are available and the prices of each in those 63 separate and distinct markets.

 

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No need to attack Rique for saying what is 100% factual. Yes, there are reasons for it as you found reason to state a number of them here. That doesn't change the fact that some people do have to pay more for the same service level others have.
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Rique and Gwalk are both correct. Some of our more loaded beams are likely seeing a price difference as the supply and demand for that area as prices and plans are dependent on the area you are in. 

 I can see the frustration but please note that this is a ramp-up to ViaSat 2 so if this is something you don't want to do or feel is too steep, ViaSat 2 is just a few months away and you may see different plans and prices when that hits. 
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"No need to attack Rique"

Attack? There was no attack.

There was a statement of fact that market conditions affect pricing.

A gallon of gasoline in LA is priced vastly different than the same gallon/brand somewhere in say, Texas.


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Are we talking about Louisiana or Los Angeles?  Because gas in Louisiana and Texas are similarly priced.  Gas in Los Angeles and Texas are priced a whole lot differently.
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I'm assuming Shaky LA here because, yes Mardi Gras LA and Texas are very close (well maybe not at Valero - those are 5 cents or more different in Texarka, TX vs. Shreveport, LA but generally most place are within a penny or two in both states.
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In answer, Los Angeles.