How to Get Free Satellite Internet Access

By Virginia Franco

While it is possible to get free satellite Internet access for a short time, there is no way to keep it. Many Internet providers, including satellite Internet providers, will offer a combination of discounted or even free service, equipment and installation for a limited period only. After this time period is up, you are subject to regular monthly payments. Free satellite Internet television, however, is possible if you have a high-speed Internet connection.

How to Get "Free" Internet Service Via Satellite

Step 1

Search the Internet for satellite Internet providers in your area. HughesNet and WildBlue are two well-known providers.

Step 2

Compare promotions, monthly fees and equipment fees available in your area. Some will offer 30-day free trials, free installation or a free satellite dish. Others will offer combinations of these three options.

Step 3

After the promotional period expires, you will be required to pay standard costs for satellite Internet service. These can range anywhere from $60 to $350 monthly, depending on the connection speed. Connection speeds range from 128 Kbps (kilobytes per second) to 300 Kbps.

Get Free Satellite TV via Internet

Step 1

Find vendors that offer software to let you watch satellite TV from your computer. SatelliteSoft is one example.

Step 2

Complete registration and payment information. Download the software provided.

Step 3

Start viewing. Once you've spent $59.95 to install the software, the rest is free. This means no monthly charges or equipment fees normally associated with satellite television.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to avoid paying for Internet service completely, and don't mind settling for slower speeds, consider lower-speed alternatives. Internet providers like NetZero offer free Internet connectivity to those who choose dial-up connections and charge customers for higher speeds. Dial-up connection speed is approximately 56 Kbps.
  • Before agreeing to any service, remember to ask about contract breakage fees, which can be steep. These fees act as a deterrent to people who try to jump from promotion to promotion. Most people must sign up for one- to two-year contracts to be eligible for savings promotions. Contract breakage fees apply whenever you try to get out of a contract early.