Hughesnet keeps things simpler than Viasat. Hughesnet satellite internet plans offer 50Mbps and 100Mbps of download speed. All three of Hughesnet's plans offer unlimited standard data after your priority data allotment, so you'll never be cut off from service, your speeds will likely be a bit slower than on priority data. More on that below.
As for Hughesnet Priority Data plans, you can get them in tiers of 100GB or 200GB. Since using the internet for web browsing, streaming, and video conferencing uses more and more data, we recommend the 200GB internet plan from Hughesnet. That'll give you two years worth of more wiggle room. And you heard that right—all Hughesnet plans come with 2-year contracts, same as Viasat.
Once you reach your priority data limit, your service will slow down. You can buy additional data if you still need full-speed data after that, and unlike with Viasat, unused Hughesnet data you purchase will carry over into the next month. Hughesnet plans also try to make up for their lower data allowances with Bonus Zone data that you can access between 2:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Hughesnet may have lower prices for extra data than Viasat does, but we'd can't deny that extra data anytime of the day is more convenient than extra data in the middle of the night. We’ll discuss more of the differences between how Hughesnet slows your connection speed after you run out of data and how Viasat does the same in our data section.
And unlike with Viasat, Hughesnet won’t make sudden, guaranteed price hikes in the third months of your contract (giving us DIRECTV flashbacks). So if you don't want to see your monthly price jump up $100 like your Viasat bill will, Hughesnet is a good choice.
That said, the prices shown in our tables are Hughesnet's current promotional price. After six months, this price will return to just $10 a month more. Saving $60 over the course of your contract isn't half bad, and going up $10 a month back to normal pricing isn't nearly as bad as Viasat's punching price hike.
Overall, you could end up saving money with Hughesnet because its plans are cheaper overall, but only if you don't end up buying tons of data to compensate. So keep an eye on your data needs and decide what you most need from your satellite internet service: prices that treat you right, or high, high data caps.
For more specifics on Hughesnet internet service, check out our Hughesnet Review.