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DISH Network Review

DISH Network's satellite Internet is a great option for anyone with an interest in bundling services, but their download speeds are slightly below the competition.

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Updated: July 24, 2014

The Good

Big discount for bundling with TV:

When you bundle your satellite Internet with DISH Network TV, you can save $10 per month. Choose from any of DISH Network's Internet packages, and even add on phone service as well. When you bundle these packages together, you also have the added convenience of receiving a single monthly bill for all of these services. DISH Network also waives their satellite Internet activation fee should you choose to bundle your Internet and TV, resulting in even more savings for you. This could be a really great option for anyone who already has or is interested in DISH Network's other services.

Excellent customer support:

DISH Network makes it easy to get your problems solved by offering a variety of support channels that you can use to contact the company. Live chat and phone support are going to be most effective for getting immediate assistance, and both of these services are available 24/7. The satellite Internet provider also has Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages where customers can reach out to them, along with the usual email support. If your question or issue is technical in nature, DISH Network provides several useful articles to help you fix the problem without having to contact a support representative.

Great upload rate:

DISH Network offers the fastest upload speed of any satellite Internet provider at 10 Mbps. Now, many people may not upload to the Internet that frequently, so the satellite Internet's upload rate likely is not as important as the download rate. However, DISH Network's upload speed definitely is appreciated by anyone who frequently uploads photos or videos to the Internet.

The Bad

Low data limits:

Even with DISH Network's best satellite Internet plan, you still only get 15 GB of data that you can use at any time. This is considerably lower than some other satellite Internet providers' limits, and could be a serious problem for some, because if you use all of that data before the month is up, you must either pay extra to buy more data or have your Internet speed significantly reduced. DISH does include 15 GB of bonus data in with its satellite Internet plan as well, but this may only be used between 2 and 8 a.m. While running into your data limit may not be a concern for occasional Internet users, it could be a huge problem for those who use it frequently.

Can't order online:

DISH Network does not allow you to order your satellite Internet service online and instead requires you to call a support representative. Many people may be a little annoyed by this because they would probably prefer to handle the ordering process themselves rather than having to contact customer support. Still, this is more of an inconvenience than a deal breaker.

The Details

Provider Details
Monthly Price $39.99 - $69.99
Service Area Nationwide
States Available 50
Additional Fees
Early Termination Fee $480
Equipment Lease Fee $10/month
Installation Fee None
One-Time Setup Fee $99
Other Fees None

Features

Performance and Speed

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  • Buy More Data - You can purchase more data from the Internet service provider if you exceed your monthly data limit.
  • Extensive Data - The Internet service offers more than 20 GB of data per month.
  • High Speed Plus - The Internet service offers download speeds between 11 and 25 Mbps.
  • Moderate Data - The Internet service offers 10 to 20 GB of data per month.
  • Standard High Speed - The Internet service offers download speeds up to 10 Mbps.
  • No Bandwidth Throttling - The internet service provider will not throttle your bandwidth, regardless of usage.
  • Unlimited Data - The Internet service allows unlimited data usage.

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Pricing

Internet 10

Price: $39.99/month
Download Rate: 10Mbps
Upload Rate: 5Mbps
Data Allowance (Anytime): 10GB
Data Allowance (Bonus): 50GB

Internet 10 Plus

Price: $49.99/month
Download Rate: 10Mbps
Upload Rate: 5Mbps
Data Allowance (Anytime): 10GB
Data Allowance (Bonus): 50GB

Internet 50 Plus

Price: $69.99/month
Download Rate: 15Mbps
Upload Rate: 10Mbps
Data Allowance (Anytime): 50GB
Data Allowance (Bonus): 50GB

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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