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If you live in a remote or rural area without access to wired internet and TV options, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your connectivity and entertainment needs. High-speed satellite internet comes in handy for people residing in such regions. HughesNet for instance offers its satellite internet service across the U.S. and its Territories. With over a million subscribers, HughesNet is the largest satellite internet provider in the United States.

In addition to high-speed internet, HughesNet offers a home phone service―and while this fully optimized service makes use of the satellite dish and modem which connect you to the HughesNet satellite network, it works independently of your data allowance. You can bundle the internet and phone services and connect your home both ways―even if it is situated far away from the hubbub of urban America.

What’s more, you can add an entertainment option to your satellite internet service. Pick DIRECTV or DISH―both are satellite based TV services accessible coast-to-coast, making a perfect match for HughesNet high-speed internet.

But as you consider getting a complete satellite service suite for your home, here is the key information that is likely to help you with your decision-making process.

HughesNet Internet Plans

HughesNet Gen5 Internet plans are data-based. Meaning each of the 4 plans on offer gets you a different data allowance―the download and upload speeds however remain a constant across all 4 plans.   

HughesNet Plan  

Download/Upload  Speed

Standard Price

10 GB

25/3 Mbps

$59.99/mo.

20 GB

25/3 Mbps

$69.99/mo.

30 GB

25/3 Mbps

$99.99/mo.

50 GB

25/3 Mbps

$149.99/mo.

 

HughesNet often puts out promo offers that allow significant savings during the promotional term―so if you are lucky you may just be able to get a bargain deal. Call at 1-855-349-9309 to speak to HughesNet Customer Service representatives and discover which promo offers are currently available to new customers.

What Does a HughesNet Internet Plan Offer?

Fast Speeds

While 25/3 Mbps fast internet may not appear to be adequate for the urban lifestyle, fact is this is the broadband benchmark set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). And for standard household usage, it does prove adequate―especially when you cannot access high-speed wireline services and are limited to traditionally slow DSL speeds or for that matter dial up, depending on the region you are in. 

HughesNet Gen 5 speed is enough for tasks like browsing, email, streaming video and music, playing light online games and downloading files―you can use the connection to work from home or attend school online as well. The only thing is the number of devices/users connected simultaneously must be tackled prudently.

Built-in Wi-Fi

No matter which internet plan you choose for yourself, it comes equipped with a wireless satellite modem. You don’t need to deal with separate pieces of equipment, and the dual band 802.11ac device ensures you do not suffer from lagging connectivity. Not only does it ensure you have strong Wi-Fi signals around the house, simultaneously connected multiple devices are covered well.

Unlimited Data. No Hard Data Limits.

While you see HughesNet internet plans are data driven, the good thing is HughesNet never puts you offline as many ISPs do once the monthly data limit is breached. If you end up exceeding the allocated data, you still stay connected to the internet albeit at slower speeds―typically 1-3 Mbps―until the next billing cycle. Also, there is no overage fee that adds up to your monthly service cost.  

Bonus Zone

Fully aware of the data extensive needs of modern-day subscribers, HughesNet offers 50 GB additional data every month with each plan―the Bonus Zone data is at your disposal during off-peak hours i.e. 2 am-8 am. You can save your monthly data allowance by schedule heavy downloads during these hours.  

Video Data Saver

The Video Data Saver feature allows you to watch more while using less of your monthly data allowance. It automatically adjusts the data rate to deliver DVD quality which consumes up to 3 times less data as you stream a video. If however you wish to stream HD, you can disable the Video Data Saver feature temporarily or permanently, and also put it to snooze for 4 hours.     

Add TV to Your HughesNet Internet Deal

As we said earlier, you can bank on satellite communication tech to access not only high-speed internet via HughesNet, but add a satellite-based TV service to your subscription. HughesNet satellite internet pairs with both DIRECTV and DISH. In regions where cable TV infrastructure does not exist, access to cable TV entertainment becomes a reality with these satellite based TV services―perfect for a family which loves to gather around the TV.

 

DIRECTV

DIRECTV is the #1 satellite TV service with widespread availability all across the US. The DIRECTV channel lineup is one of the richest you can find from TV service providers in the US―with the starter lineup giving you 160 channels and the top tier 330 . Each TV tier is carefully planned to take care of everyone―whether you like to stick to essentials or can never have enough of premium entertainment and sports. And, HD programming is FREE. Depending on your plan, you can also access sports in 4K.

DIRECTV Plan

Max.  Channel Count

Who is it for?

Promo Price* 
(for 12 months)

ENTERTAINMENT

160

For those who stick to essentials

 

$64.99/mo.

CHOICE

185

For a family which loves drama, comedy, lifestyle, news & sports

 

$69.99/mo.

ULTIMATE

250

 For movie lovers!

 

$84.99/mo.

PREMIER

330

For those who love premium entertainment networks―HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, Cinemax®, TMC

 

$134.99/mo.

*w/24-mo. agmt. Autopay & Paperless bill req’d. Prices higher in 2nd year.  

DISH

Like with DIRECTV, you get the option to add a DISH TV plan to your HughesNet Gen5 subscription. DISH ranks #2 among satellite TV providers in the US. DISH offers 4 TV tiers with the starter plan getting you 190 channels, while the top tier includes 290 . The DISH Channel lineup may not be as rich as DIRECTV, nonetheless it gets you loads of good choice, and covers a range of consumer preferences. Plus there is an advantage―each plan comes with a 2-year price lock!

DISH TV Plan

 

Max.  Channel Count

What does it get you?

Promo Price* 
(for 24 months with a 2-year agreement)

America’s Top 120

 

190

All-time American favorites and local broadcast TV networks

 

$64.99/mo.

America’s Top 120 Plus

 

190

Everything sports lovers cannot live without

 

$79.99/mo.

America’s Top 200

240

 

More sports and more entertainment!

 

$89.99/mo.

 

America’s Top 250

290

 

Movie networks such as TCM, STARZENCORE®, TMC and more

 

$99.99/mo.

 

Important Factors to Consider before You Sign up

Since internet has become a crucial aspect of our everyday life, there is variety of things to take into consideration before you dive into choosing an internet provider for yourself. Of course, you don’t want to make a decision you may regret in the future.

The most critical aspect to keep in perspective during the decision-making process is your own requirements―you must carefully assess if HughesNet Gen5 plans can take care of what you need done.

Once you have evaluated your requirements, it will be a whole lot easier for you to choose the right HughesNet Internet, HughesNet Voice and a DIRECTV or DISH plan.

To Sum Up

HughesNet provides a broadband internet service via satellite which connects over a million subscribers in the United States, making it the trusted leader in satellite internet. It is an ideal option for those who live in rural areas with little to no access to other connectivity options. And, for subscribers who want a source of TV entertainment and an up-to-date home phone service too, HughesNet allows them to include Voice and TV to their HughesNet Gen5 plan.  

If you are in a region which is beyond the reach of wireline services, call HughesNet Customer Service at 1-855-349-9309, and speak to professionals about your requirements. They will assist you with pro advice and take you through the subscription process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much download and upload speed does HughesNet Internet offer?

HughesNet offers 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. These speeds are enough for carrying out day-to-day online activities including working from home, online learning, banking, shopping, streaming and more.

Can I get HughesNet high-speed internet in my area?

HughesNet availability is one of the key features of the satellite internet service. The service is available coast to coast in the U.S., and anywhere you get a clear view of the southern sky, you are able to access HughesNet Internet.