Viasat Internet & Plan Comparison

Viasat is a well-diversified company -- not only do they deliver world-class satellite internet, but they use those same satellites to provide valuable defense and aviation connectivity. 15+ years ago, that sort of speed and flexibility from a painfully slow satellite would've been unthinkable. Nowadays, though, especially rural customers are happy to be able to access their new generation Viasat satellites.

Advantages

  • Fastest satellite internet service
  • Solid coverage in suburban/rural cities
  • Data caps usually not enforced

Disadvantages

  • Relatively high rates (vs terrestrial internet)
  • Prices goes up after 90 days

Viasat coverage area

Satellite coverage

Viasat has five main satellites in orbit which cover the United Status (service date in parenthesis): Anik F2 (June 2005), WildBlue-1 (2007), ViaSat-1 (Jan 2012), ViaSat2 (Feb 2018) and ViaSat 3-Americas (by early 2023). Viasat 1 was their original Ka-band satellite - performance was relatively slow and coverage spotty.

Launched a few years ago via partnership with Boeing, Viasat 2 dramatically increased speed, coverage and bandwidth. Most customers these days are on Viasat 2 and at speeds up to 100 Mbps, are usually pretty content. Viasat 3, set to launch anyday now, will further increase all specs. Expect plans to start using that new technology by the end of 2023.

Bottom Line
No matter where you live in the United States, you're covered by one of Viasat's satellites.

Viasat Internet Plans - plenty of options

Depending where you live in the country, you'll get to choose from two different sets of Viasat plans: Liberty and Unlimited. You may also be in a location that overlaps two satellites and lets you choose from both sets of plans (great leverage to get the best price posssible).

Viasat Unlimited plans

The Unlimited Viasat plans are their newest and best packages. They also deliver the most value for the price. Can everyone get them? Nope, it all depends on your location. The good news is most of the country lives within the new territory.

Unlimited Bronze 12
12 Mpbs
$50 /mo
Save $20/mo for 3 months  ($60 total)
Regular: $70
  • Download: 12 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 40 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0
Unlimited Silver 25
25 Mpbs
$70 /mo
Save $30/mo for 3 months  ($90 total)
Regular: $100
  • Download: 25 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 60 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0
Unlimited Gold 30
30 Mpbs
$99 /mo
Save $50/mo for 3 months ($150 total)
Regular: $149
  • Download: 30 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 100 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0
Unlimited Gold 50
50 Mpbs
$99 /mo
Save $50/mo for 3 months ($150 total)
Regular: $149
  • Download: 50 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 100 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0

Why are Unlimited Gold 30 and 50 the same price?

It comes down to whether Gold 50 is available in your area. Unlimited Gold 50 gets you better specs for the same price. However, Gold 50 isn't available in all places where Gold 30 is (quirks in satellite coverage areas). So, if you were considering Unlimited Gold 50 and it's available to you, jump on it. If Gold 30 is the only option, it's still a relatively good value, especially compared to the lack of options in most rural areas.

Viasat Liberty plans

The slightly older Viasat plans -- formerly known as Exede Internet-- are available to a smaller percentage of rural customers in the United States. Since Liberty customers access the internet via a slightly older satellite, speeds and bandwidth are a bit worse compared to Unlimited plans.

Liberty 12
12 Mpbs
$30 /mo
Save $20/mo for 3 months  ($60 total)
Regular: $50
  • Download: 12 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 12 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0
Liberty 25
25 Mpbs
$50 /mo
Save $25/mo for 3 months  ($75 total)
Regular: $75
  • Download: 25 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 25 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0
Liberty 50
50 Mpbs
$75 /mo
Save $25/mo for 3 months  ($75 total)
Regular: $100
  • Download: 50 Mbps
  • Upload: Up to 3 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: 50 GB
  • Contract: 2 years
  • Up-front fees: $0

Comparison of Viasat's plans

Let's take a closer look at all the Viasat packages. Assuming you qualify for the Unlimited plans and have a household of 3 or less, we typically recommend Unlimited Bronze 12 first. You'll get speeds of 12 Mbps and a monthly data cap of 40 Gb. That's usually plenty for three. If you need more than 3 devices connected at a time or someone in your household is a heavy streamer, it's easy enough to upgrade to Silver 25 before the end of any billing cycle.

Plan
Price
Price after 3 mths
Speed
Data Cap After cap, your speeds will likely be reduced to 1-3 Mbps
$30/mo
$50/mo
12 Mbps
12 Gb
$50/mo
$75/mo
25 Mbps
25 Gb
$75/mo
$100/mo
50 Mbps
75 Gb
$50/mo
$70/mo
12 Mpbs
40 Gb
$70/mo
$100/mo
25 Mpbs
60 Gb
$100/mo
$150/mo
30 Mpbs
100 Gb
$100/mo
$150/mo
50 Mpbs
100 Gb
Unlimited Platinum 100
$150/mo
$200/mo
100 Mpbs
150 Gb
Bottom Line
For a household of 1-3 people, go with Unlimited Bronze 12 first. For 4+, we recommend Silver 25. There are never any fees to up- or downgrade.

Viasat internet speeds

At max speeds, Viasat's new plans rival traditional cable internet. The big difference is the price you pay. As detailed in our Viasat review, it's the best service you can get in rural areas without cable or fiber internet. With download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, there's no shortage of tech with satellite internet anymore. Overall, in most cases, we recommended you go with cable internet first (assuming it's reliable). However, if you live someplace with few or poor internet options, definitely consider Viasat.

Does Viasat deliver on its promised speeds? In our tests, yes. We tested nearly all their plans, and they all peak at a minimum of 80% of the published bandwidth. Latency isn't bad, espeially for satellite, but gamers may get a bit frustrated with the sight delay between click and (game) action. High FPS (frame-per-second) games still work with Viasat, just don't expect the split-second responsiveness you get with WiFi.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Viasat and Exede the same company?

Yes. Viasat initially launched their internet service as Exede but phased out the Exede brand in 2017. All their plans are now under the Viasat brand. Over the last few years, customers with Exede plans were slowly transitioned to Viasat with no change in pricing.

How does Viasat compare to StarLink?

StarLink uses low Earth orbit satellites to deliver fast internet to a much smaller area of land. Since it's much closer to the planet's surface, it offers speeds of up to 200 Mpbs (50% faster than Viasat). Latency is also better. The downside is coverage is still very limited. Only the lucky few to have a Starlink satellite above their county/state currently have access.

Do I have to agree to a 2-year contract?

Technically, no, but if you opt out of the 2-year agreement, you'll have to pay an up-front fee of at least $500.

Where to get Viasat

As of today, the following retailer is offering Viasat plans at the lowest price available...
VIASAT
Promo
Bronze 12 Special
Where?
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Expires: soon!
  • ONLY $49.99/mo during intro offer, then $69.99/mo
  • Download speeds of up to 12 Mbps
  • Unlimited Data (may be throttled above 80 GB/mo)
  • Perfect plan for 1-2 people
  • STREAM up to 4 devices without issue
  • Note: prices are locked in for 2 full years
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