HughesNet vs. Viasat
Both HughesNet and Visasat are the two largest satellite providers in the U.S., supplying a satellite network to rural regions across the country. Each internet provider offers reliable satellite services in all 50 states to more than 300 million people, with the greatest coverage in California, Texas, and New York. Both have similar pricing, and each require two-year contracts. While HughesNet and Visasat are comparable in many ways there are some key differences noted below that can assist customers in selecting the best provider and plan for them.
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HughesNet vs. Viasat Performance Overview
HughesNet offers satellite coverage across the U.S. with a variety of internet plans that provide speeds up to 25 Mbps. Currently, HughesNet’s satellite services include internet and phone. The price of each internet plan is based on the amount of data offered in a month. Although HughesNet does not offer unlimited data, they offer bonus data during off hours, 2-8 am.
As the second largest U.S. provider of satellite, Viasat—formerly known as Exede—offers coverage across the country with internet plans featuring speeds up to 25 Mbps. For lower monthly rates, customers can bundle internet with phone service. Viasat currently does not offer their own TV service but can partner with DirecTV or Dish Network to offer customers a TV option.
HughesNet’s installation fees vary depending on your decision between purchasing a satellite dish and modem or leasing the equipment for a monthly fee.
HughesNet’s satellite process requires mounting a satellite dish to an outside wall or the roof of your home and running a cable to a modem or router. Professional installation is free of charge when customers lease equipment, although there is a $99 set-up fee. Alternatively, customers can purchase the equipment for $349.98 with an installation fee of $199.99. Installation fees may be reduced or waived for new HughesNet customers or with select plans. Customers have the option of renting the equipment for $9.99/month for the first year, and $14.99/month after that.
Professional installation is free of charge when Viasat customers sign a contract.
Similar to HughesNet, a satellite dish will need to be installed on your roof, wall, or on a pole. A cable will then be attached to a modem inside your home and your devices will be connected via an ethernet. Equipment fees will apply.
HughesNet Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
HughesNet requires a minimum contract commitment of 24 months.
If you cancel within the first 90 days of service, you will be charged an early termination fee of $400. This fee will be reduced by $15 for every month following. In regards to equipment fees, HughesNet customers have the option to either lease a satellite dish and modem for a monthly cost ranging from $9.99-14.99 or purchase the devices for a one-time charge of $349.98.
Viasat Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print
Most of Viasat’s plans require a 24-month long contract commitment.
If you opt out of your agreement early, Viasat charges an early termination fee of $15/month for the remaining months of your contract. Viasat customers in select areas can choose to forgo a contract for an extra fee of $300. Customers can choose to lease a Viasat dish for the duration of their service for $9.99/month or purchase a lifetime lease for $299, which is a great option for long-time Viasat users. Equipment must be returned upon cancellation of service or you will be responsible for an unreturned equipment fee.
HughesNet Data Caps
HughesNet caps its monthly data anywhere from 10-50 GB depending on the internet plan chosen. If you go over the allotted data amount, you will still have internet access but at significantly slower speeds. Customers can, however, access additional data during the hours of 2-8 am.
Viasat Data Caps
Viasat offers internet plans equipped with unlimited data as well as plans with monthly data caps from 12-50 GB. If you exceed the amount of data in your plan, your data may be prioritized behind other customers during network congestion, which could result in slower speeds.
I LOVE Hughesnet!!
Got my wifi installed in 2 days from the date I ordered it. Fabulous customer service, very courteous & polite technician. Fast speed. I'm very satisfied with my HughesNet!
I was experiencing buffering problems but the customer service representative solved the problem by switching channels and I appreciate his service as a representative. Thank you.
We installed Viasat one month ago at our cabin in northern AZ. We are using about 6GB per 24 hour period, which gives us 10 days a month or 120 days a year, for about $1200 per year, which equates to $10 per 24 hour period of usage. Since cable is not an option, I am pleased. Obviously, if we lived there full-time, we would run out of good speeds after the 10th day of the month and would have to look at a more expensive plan ( and still come up a little short). But for part-time use, I am very pleased. Our use includes streaming, heavy surfing, emails, and phone calls. I completely understand why full-timers are not happy but the options in remote areas are very limited. For us, it has been far better than dial-up or hot spots.
I read all these reviews. So good, so not so good. It has been nothing but a pleasure to have their service. I have had to call a couple of times and have had nothing but excellent customer service each time and had no problem finding contact info online. Keep up the good work!
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