Starlink rolls out $200 per month global roaming internet package
SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Thursday announced that Starlink, SpaceX's satellite internet service, will provide a worldwide roaming option. The company said that this would cater to customers where Starlink is available, even if other internet connections are "unreliable or completely unavailable".
Starlink now offers global roaming https://t.co/WlRNSDfwJ6— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2023
Last year in May, the company introduced Starlink RV, a version of the satellite internet service that claimed to be accessible from pretty much anywhere on their continent. According to The Verge, it has been renamed Starlink Roam and is now offered in two different price points: $150 for access inside a certain region or $200 for access everywhere the service is offered internationally.
According to the report, that buyers of the RV package have the option of purchasing either a $599 portable antenna or a $2,500 in-motion antenna. The Starlink satellite dish, popularly known as "Dishy," was formerly limited to intracontinental travel only.
With this rebranded subscription customers can also pause and unpause the subscription whenever they want with billing occurring on a monthly basis.
“The Standard Starlink is designed for portable use at any destination where Starlink has active coverage. With an easy setup and break down, Starlink delivers high-speed, low-latency internet access within minutes, and packs up quickly when it’s time to move to your next destination. The Standard Starlink is not made for in-motion use,” said the website.
According to a February 19 report by The Verge, subscribers, even those outside of Starlink's coverage zones, began receiving notifications about a new worldwide roaming service. It is now clear that the company intended to entirely replace Starlink RV.
As per the Starlink availability map, the service was waiting for regulatory certification in India. However, it is available in parts of the US, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia.
During Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Starlink was also implemented to aid the country. However, SpaceX has now placed limits on Ukraine’s drone use via the Starlink service, reported by Reuters on February 8.