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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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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 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


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. See Terms & Conditions.

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