Hughes Net Internet Service Complaint - HughesNet Disaster
My daughter and I are students in online classes, so internet service is a must have. We live in the country so many options for internet service aside from dial-up were unavailable. So, looking for a way out of dial-up (which is free) we thought Hughes Net would be the best bet. My daughter called and set up the service and someone came out that week. However, from the day they step foot into our home (May 22 2009), disaster after disaster followed.
Free installation was advertised and we wanted to take advantage of that option. However, upon seeing the satellite dish and the bolts/screws that needed to permeate roof, that would not have been practical. The dish itself was about 80lbs and the screws were about 10 inches long. These could have easily came through my ceiling. So, in order to get the service we had to install the dish in the ground next to the house, which was $125. We did not know then that the dish would not be working correctly. So for about 1 week we had good service. And then there was no service. AT ALL. I called and someone came out, and did a quick fix, and a few days later, it was out again. Someone came out again and this was when we were informed that the radio on the dish was bad, and it would be replaced with a REFURBISHED radio. It was replaced but service was still slow. I remember my daughter downloading 2 songs and that slowed the entire service down to almost a complete halt. It was so slow because of some ‘Fair Access’ plan that was in effect for all customers. Well, that’s fine we need to share the internet I guess, but the completely free times in which the policy was no in effect was during 3AM – 6AM, in which I am asleep. I was upset about the poor connectivity I was receiving and that I had to pay for service that was not working, so in talking to technicians, I was compensated for two months free service. Now, I know that was just their way to keep me from canceling the whole thing before my 30 days was up and get me into the 2 year contract for sure. They replaced a radio on the dish once and have come here several times to fix it (June 4th, 7th and November 9th plus many other times that the tech person did not give me a receipt for). Their commercials are so misleading. They are not fast unless you buy the Elite Premium package, which is the most expensive and still fall under a Fair Access policy, which I would like to say Hughes Net is the only internet service I have come across that has this policy. Like I said, I purchased HughesNet to get rid of dial up (which was much better than HughesNet) because my exams take 3 hours to take online and I needed a reliable internet service. HughesNet was not the answer. There were numerous amounts of times that we were barely getting our work in on time because of our unreliable internet service. In addition to that, I have had to get special permission from my instructor to restart 2 of my exams because the internet just shut down, and it was not storming or cloudy. Which brings me to another point, they say all you need is view of the clear blue sky, but in my house Hughes Net has all lights working/blinking correctly during storms that include rain, lightning and harsh winds. Why on earth, would I need or try to get online while a storm is going on outside? And as soon as the storm is over, Hughes Net is done as well, so no service before or after, just during.
I hate HughesNet! I don’t understand the English the tech support people speak, they make me so frustrated, I have to hang up before getting any results. They want me to pay them an additional $400 to get out of the contract early. The service always seems to be down, even in good weather. I rarely even try to use it anymore.
I want desperately to get out of this contract, but I do not have $400 to get out. I tell everybody I know how much I hate it, and nearly everyone I tell that also has it or has experienced it says the same thing, how much they hate it. I have since purchase Verizon DSL for internet service to make sure I can complete my online class work. My co-worker has HughesNet also, her contract runs out within a few months and she says she is not renewing. I think it is the absolute worst internet service and should be banned from doing business.
I do not recommend anyone wasting their money on HughesNet, I feel tricked and cheated every month they charge my account $71.23, not including the start up money I had to pay, which was well over $300. I am completely unsatisfied and if there was a way for me to get all of my money back, I would love to take the option. Each month I have to pay and the service is not used AT ALL.