Viasat and HughesNet are America’s top satellite internet providers. Both offer a variety of plans that range in cost from $50 to $150 and require a commitment of 24 months when signing up for the service. If a customer breaks this contract, it could result in fees of up to $400 depending on how many months of the contract were left.
If you choose Viasat, your monthly equipment lease fee will be $9.99 per month with the option to pay $299.99 upfront. With HughesNet, your equipment will cost you an upfront $99 Lease Activation Fee with a monthly $14.99 fee for the duration of your 24-month contract. You may also choose to purchase your HughesNet equipment at the beginning of your contract for $249.98. Viasat customers who pass a soft credit check can qualify for free installation. HughesNet installation is free for all customers.
With both providers it is necessary to return your equipment in good condition after your service ends. If you fail to return your equipment in a timely manner, your account will be charged.
Whichever satellite internet provider you choose, installation is always done by a trained professional technician with experience in setting up satellite internet for maximum performance.
If you don’t want to commit to 24 months, you can opt to pay Viasat’s No-Long-Term-Contract fee instead. Residential customers may choose to pay $300 upfront for the benefit of being able to cancel their Viasat internet subscription at any time for no extra charge.
Without the No-Long-Term-Contract option, cancelling your Viasat subscription will cost $15 per month for every month remaining in your contract. If you aren’t sure which option to choose, a good rule of thumb is to go with the 24-month contract if you expect to use the service for 4 or more months, otherwise pay the upfront No-Long-Term-Contract fee. This rule of thumb will make sure you spend the least amount of money possible.
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