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.
Search the Internet for satellite Internet providers in your area. HughesNet and WildBlue are two well-known providers.
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.
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.
Find vendors that offer software to let you watch satellite TV from your computer. SatelliteSoft is one example.
Complete registration and payment information. Download the software provided.
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.
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.