There are satellite internet companies that advertise “unlimited” plans, but what that means isn’t always straightforward.
Starlink is one of the few satellite internet companies that offers “unlimited” internet services in the way that most people expect when they hear “unlimited internet services”. There are no data caps (at least for now), and the speed advertised is the speed you should expect to receive. Of course, to enjoy Starlink, you’d have to be able to actually get service to your address. If Starlink is limited, its limit is who has access to it. Starlink is still in Beta testing and has a backlog of pre-orders 750,000 deep. That’s a long line. Some people have reported expected delivery dates in 2023, and they’d already been waiting a long time.
Viasat does offer an “unlimited” plan, but it may not be what you’re expecting. What Viasat means is that you have unlimited “Standard Data”, but there is still a limit to how much highspeed data you can use before being slowed down. “Standard Data” is apparently somewhere between 1Mbps to 5Mbps, so depending on your needs and what you’re used to, this may or not present a problem. The other thing that happens when you go over your data allotment is your internet traffic gets deprioritized. This doesn’t do anything when there isn’t much network traffic in your area, but when there is, you can expect your connection speed to plummet. However, Viasat does offer a large range of data plans, so it’s still a great choice if you don’t need more than 300GB per month.
HughesNet has a similar setup to Viasat. You have a data cap, but once you go over you aren’t disconnected. Your connection speed is dropped to between 1Mbps – 3Mbps though. The difference with HughesNet though, is the largest data plan available is only 50GB, which is less likely to be enough for many people. If you mainly use your home internet connection for checking email and web browsing though, it might be a good fit for you.
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