said by AdamKane:
I can understand a fairly high monthly fee, but not the contract. Seriously, if Skyfx can run a business without putting their customers in shackles, why can't Hughes or Wildblue?
Looking at skyfx.us , I'm glad that they are another option in the marketplace, but the specifications seem to have some definite major tradeoffs to my eye in exchange for no contract.
First is the basic technology as was already said - with Skyfx you're using one-way technology which has been around for longer, doesn't require nearly as precise a setup, and they're only providing one leg of the two - you still need to have the ability to get a (reliable) dialup or some kind of terrestrial isp for the return leg. I know some like it for the reduced lag, but it's definitely less cost of installation, less cost of equipment, and they don't have the expense on the satellite side of needing to facilitate the upload.
Second, if I look at the packages on their site, if you look at what they actually provide before the RUP kicks in to drastically reduce speed, it's not as much as the common 2-way providers, hughesnet or wildblue. That site lists the 1.5 Mbps download plan (no upload) at $79.95 a month, and if you look at the RUP you only get full speed for the first 2500 MB of download. If you use over 14 GB your speed is reduced to 64k! With wildblue, the FAP stinks compared to a terrestrial ISP, but at least you can use 17 GB at full speed if that is your wish.
It's nice to have an option (any additional option in the marketplace is good in my book) esp. if someone needs to self-point and only needs the system for a couple months, but I think the two-way providers are definitely providing more (more bandwidth + more bandwidth at full speed + upload capability + no need for a terrestrial isp upload link) in exchange for the awful binding contract. Without the contract, they would probably have a major additional cost for installers in remote areas to spend a couple hours plus transportation time.--
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