Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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HughesNet today announced new satellite broadband plans the company claims will usher in "a new generation of performance-enhancing innovations in downloading, browsing and data usage management." According to the company announcement, the new plans come alongside an improvement to the company's SmartFetch and SmartCompression technologies that try to create the impression of faster speeds.
The company appears so proud of their new plan specifics and pricing, they've hidden them behind a prequal wall.
Plans vary depending on your area, though as the chart to the left notes, plans range from $50 for 5/1 Mbps to $90 for 15/2 Mbps, with monthly usage allotments ranging from 55 to 100 GB. Customers also get "bonus byte" data allotments that they can only use during overnight hours (2AM to 8AM).
HughesNet originally released their Gen 4 services back in October of 2012, and initially many customers complained that the service failed to deliver advertised speeds. Satellite broadband has traditionally been among the worst reviewed by our users due to low caps, slow speeds, and high prices.
Still, HughesNet clearly hopes these latest changes will have customers changing their tune.
"Hughes invented satellite Internet and is constantly innovating to enhance our customers' online experiences," said the company in a statement. "As the clear market leader, with over a million active users in North America, we strive to make HughesNet the best solution for people to enjoy all the benefits of high-speed Internet access no matter where they live or work even in exurban and rural areas with limited terrestrial broadband."
There's some additional conversation about the plans in our HughesNet forum.
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