HughesNet internet plans and prices
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HughesNet’s download speed remains the same as the prices and data allowances rise—one more exponentially than the other, unfortunately. Why the high price? Well, with satellite internet, data is king. You’ll either pay for more of it or be slowed down in speed (from 25 Mbps to 1–3 Mbps) for going over the limit on a cheaper plan.
You won’t be cut off or charged an overage fee, however—it’s a “soft data limit.” Sounds nicer than “throttled internet,” doesn’t it?
To get around that limit on any HughesNet plan, you can take advantage of HughesNet’s Bonus Zone, which is essentially 50 extra GB of data free between the hours of 2–5 a.m. A good time to get your graveyard shift gaming in.
Of the four plans, we think the 20 GB plan is a better budget option than HughesNet’s cheapest 10 GB one because it’s only $10 more a month and the double amount of data is worth it. For reference, 20 GB of data amounts to around 240 hours of web surfing, or 40 hours of (non-HD) video streaming. Cut that in half for the 10 GB plan and you can see what we mean.
If you feel like splurging, HughesNet’s 50 GB plan will give you a little more headroom on data—but still less than half as much as Viasat’s fattest option, which allows up to 150 GB (and 100 Mbps of download speed). For larger, more internet-hungry households, we’d recommend looking into Viasat.