HughesNet internet plans and pricing
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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 HughesNet plans, we think the 30 GB plan is a better budget option than HughesNet’s cheapest 15 GB one because it’s only $10 more a month and the double amount of data is worth it.
For reference, if you consider that surfing the internet uses about 60 MB of data per hour, a 30 GB data cap amounts to around 500 hours of web surfing per month. Or, if you’re using 300 MB an hour streaming low-quality video, you can get just 10 hours out of your data cap.
Cut those numbers in half for the 15 GB plan and you can see what we mean about the upgrade being worth the cash.
If you feel like splurging, HughesNet’s 75 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 300 GB (and 100 Mbps of download speed). For larger, more internet-hungry households, we’d recommend looking into Viasat.