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Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

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New Member

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

I for one have had a bad experience with Hughes so far. Maybe that will change, maybe not. I have come to expect the worst so far to be honest, but maybe you'll have more luck with it than I have, who knows. Some people seem to have reasonable connections with Hughes, mine not no much up to this point. I'd just say to be cautious about opting into a new contract. Be sure you know what you're getting into beforehand. I walked in thinking I knew what to expect and so far its been a nightmare, hopefully to end soon in some shape form or fashion.
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Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Hope you are able to get your problems resolved.  Its been hard for us coming from an outstanding company at our other location (fixed wireless broadband) on all fronts, service, customer service, tech support all the best we have ever dealt with to a spot that is frustratingly just out of reach of alternative options.    We became friends with the people we bought this place from when we were forced to relocate our farm business and they had Hughes so I was able to chat with them about the quality of their reception and speed and it sounds like they had pretty similar service to what we get out of Exede, so unless Exede coughs up a lot more data in the next month or two we will likely switch and then hope within the two year contract another option for internet becomes available.  We really hated to get on satellite at all because we  had had a nightmare experience with Wild Blue in the past but I literally spent hours online and the phone searching for a company that would be willing to expand or just one we could try to connect to and no luck.  At the time we connected Exede had the better plan option though I seriously considered Hughes at the time because of our past experience with Viasat.
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New Poster

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Shane no I didnt mean to confuse you, if you have a good wifi router and wireless card in your computer and you have good signal between them there should be no difference in connection speed or data usage between wireless and hardwired, in my case I only use wireless, now if the signal is weak then you could see a little more data usage if your computer has to keep resending data due to poor signal but in my statement above I was trying to say there should not be any difference in data usage between hughes using wifi or hardwired and the same computer as with using say a cell hotspot
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New Member

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

I appreciate you clarifying it a bit. After reading it the second time I kind of figured that's what you meant.
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Freshman

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

I have the 10GB HughesNet plan and pay $30/month (each) for unlimited data plus 13GB data to share as HotSpot for two of my phone's (husband doesn't really "get" smart phones). Bill for three phones per month unlimited talk/text, 1GB shareable one phone, other two as described above is $160/month total.

I have streamed successfully over HN (a test to see how fast streaming burned through data - we are moving there and aren't there full-time and using internet as much yet), depending on the service. Hulu and Netflix are less picky than Sling.

I have had a lot of page time-outs and resets with HN - similar to when my cell is on Edge or 2G. I still haven't gotten my laptop to run HN's speed test (maybe the Win10 upgrade is the issue), and it isn't available on my tablet.

My experience with this over six weeks - HN is adequate for general information service, spotty when attempting to shop, stream, etc. Better off on my cell phone.
Freshman

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Oh - I have T-Mobile and have for more than ten years. We are in rural west central Missouri.
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New Poster

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Exactly! I too have Verizon & each mo my data rolls over to the next mo because I never user all of my 8G/mo. But with HughesNet even though I have 20G/mo, I run out & I don't steam movies or download files. I don't understand.
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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

"My experience with this over six weeks - HN is adequate for general information service, spotty when attempting to shop, stream, etc. Better off on my cell phone. "

 

It must depend on where people live and how many phone towers are nearby....I can do just fine with HN, including streaming and shopping, while the internet service via the phone is pretty rotten.  I can't stream with the data from the phone, unless I drive to a town.

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New Poster

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I don't know how you guys do it. We have HN 50/50 and 2 AT&T unlimited plus cell phones that more or less get 22 gigs before they gimp you down and I don't have any problem eating up all that data. I couldn't do 10gigs shared lol
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Assistant Professor

Re: Cell phone data vrs Satellite data

Don't know if you all realize this OP is over 3 years old. If you'd like actual help it would be best to start a new post. Comparing cell data and satellite data isn't really asking for help which is what the Tech Support section is for.