When will Exede offer an unlimited data plan?

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When will Exede offer an unlimited data plane? 
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Lambert Michel

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Never because satellites are capable of only a set amount of data throughput. They should be able to offer larger data allowance when the next satellite is launched but, we will never have unlimited usage on satellite.
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You'll see much better data plans when we launch our new satellite, with new service in mid-2017. The goal is to have data plans that will seem unlimited to the typical user, with plenty of room for HD video streaming. It's very difficult to offer 'unlimited' plans for any internet service provider, since there are always edge cases with people or businesses who use tons of data. It's all about capacity. As Bev notes, satellites have a set amount of throughput, but we're doubling ours with the next satellite and then more than tripling that with the one following just a few years later. 
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This made me wonder, since there are different beams, does that mean there are separate satellites for each beam or is it a single satellite with antennas pointing in various directions?
If it is the former, is more than one new satellite being launched?
Will plans with late night free zones still be available?
Will the prices have to go up to use the new satellite(s)?
I wonder what "nearly unlimited" is like. LOL.
I think if I had 50Gb and a LNFZ for loading youtube, movies, software updates, etc, it would be nice.
I keep going over my limit because I like to do google image searches and do the internet version of window shopping on various sites that have a lot of pictures. The images alone now take a lot of bandwidth now.
I highly doubt that any cellular or satellite service will ever offer truly unlimited service, but I'm hoping for more bandwidth in the near future.
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One satellite with multiple Ka-band spot beams - 63 partially covering the US for ViaSat (Exede) and 9 covering Canada for Telesat (Xplornet).

Nothing's been made public about plans/pricing after the Viasat-2 launch. 

ViaSat-2 was first announced in May 2013 (yes, it take that much time to plan, launch, and place a satellite into service). See:

http://spacenews.com/35369viasat-2s-first-of-its-kind-design-will-enable-broad-geographic-reach/ 

ViaSat-3 (tentatively 2020) is now in the planning stage. 
 
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Alex - will the better plan options be rolled out throughout the US? I'm in south central Indiana. Do you know yet if we will see bigger, better plan options here?
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hi there im in virginia and i had exede liberty plan hooked up yesterday and the best i could understand the installer was later this year we would be able to upgrade our modem for more GB at no extra charge  what is the story behind this ?
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There have been no announcements about what the plans will be once ViaSat 2 becomes activated. We ae all hoping for more GB at less money, but all we can do is wait patiently until early next year.