HughesNet satellite internet plans cost more now, but come with 50% more data

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Satellite Internet Service Provider Hughes Net offers multiple plans with the same base speeds, but different data allowances. Now, effective today, the company is increasing the prices of these plans and increasing the amount of data you are allowed to burn each month.

The good news is that the price increase is modest, with an additional $5 per month for the two entry-level plans and an additional $10 per month for the two top-tier plans with higher data caps. All four plans are seeing their data caps increased by 50%, bringing the base offering from 10GB to 15GB and increasing the top tier plan’s data cap from 50GB to 75GB (or in some regions, to 100GB). GB).

HughesNet Satellite Internet Plans

Plan Monthly cost Maximum speeds Contract terms Equipment costs Data Allowance
HughesNet Gen5

$65 (previously $60)

25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload

Two years

$15 per month or $450 one-time purchase

15 GB (previously 10 GB)

HughesNet Gen5

$75 (previously $70)

25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload

Two years

$15 per month or $450 one-time purchase

30 GB (previously 20 GB)

HughesNet Gen5

$110 (formerly $100)

25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload

Two years

$15 per month or $450 one-time purchase

45 GB (previously 30 GB)

HughesNet Gen5

$150 or $160 depending on location (previously $150)

25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload

Two years

$15 per month or $450 one-time purchase

75 GB or 100 GB depending on location (previously 50 GB)

Meanwhile, the company’s two-year contract requirement and equipment costs of $15 per month remain unchanged. Plus, customers can still use an additional 50 GB of data allocated for times between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The new data allowances are expected to have a small but noticeable impact on households struggling to stay under their cap each month. HughesNet doesn’t charge a fee when a customer goes over their cap, but the company will reduce your connection from the usual 25 Mbps to a lazy 1 Mbps. It makes you stay under the ceiling a worthy goal for HughesNet households — now that’s a goal that will be easier to achieve.

That said, the new higher prices make HughesNet an even more questionable value than before, especially since speeds are still capped at 25 Mbps. Satellite rivals viasat and Stellar Link each offers plans with triple-digit download speeds and a lower cost per megabit than comparable HughesNet plans. Viasat’s data caps are also higher than HughesNet’s new ones, while Starlink has no data caps at all. Meanwhile, cellular internet plans from names like T-Mobile and Verizona growing option in rural parts of the country, offers faster speeds, lower monthly costs, and no data caps.

However, the company’s latest promotions can reduce the monthly cost of any plan by $20 for 6 months for new subscribers. It also offers 24-month discounts of $10, $30, and $50 for new subscribers on the 30GB, 45GB, and 100GB plans, respectively.

Discounts aside, HughesNet (and any satellite internet service, for that matter) should still only be considered a last resort for locations too far off the network of internet alternatives. If your address is usable for cable Where fiberor even obsolete technologies like DSL Where fixed wireless, then it will almost certainly be a better bet for home internet when it comes to speeds, value, and reliability. But if connections like these aren’t available, the higher data caps make HughesNet’s plans a bit easier to live with.

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