SpaceX’s Starlink is now offering satellite internet service that follows users across continents and most countries, as part of its rebranded Starlink Roam subscription package. Previously known as Starlink for RV, the Roam subscription comes in two flavors: a regional access package priced at $150 per month and a global subscription for $200 per month. Users can choose between a portable antenna for $599 or an antenna for in-motion use for $2,500.
The new subscription package is marketed as a way for customers to access Starlink in locations where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable. The subscription can be paused and resumed whenever the user wants, while billing is done in one-month increments.
According to an email sent by Starlink to its customers, the new global roaming service has brief periods of poor connectivity or none at all, which is expected to improve over time. The global service can only be ordered in the countries listed on the Starlink availability map. However, it’s unclear whether the service will still be available in countries where Starlink’s technical approval is still pending, including India, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Additionally, Elon Musk stated in an interview with the Financial Times that the Chinese government has disapproved of Starlink’s rollout.
Starlink has already launched a $5,000 per month plan for anyone looking to access the internet while at sea. Additionally, the company has made its Flat High Performance dish available for in-motion use on RVs and other vehicles.
This announcement from Starlink comes after Amazon revealed its Project Kuiper customer terminals. The company has been gradually expanding its reach, and this new global subscription package is a significant step in that direction.
It’s worth noting that the new global subscription package from Starlink is not the only offering in the market. Other satellite internet providers such as Viasat, Iridium, and Inmarsat have been providing global satellite internet service for years. However, Starlink’s offering is expected to be a more cost-effective and reliable alternative due to its extensive satellite network and high-speed, low-latency service.
Overall, Starlink Roam’s global subscription package is a significant development in the satellite internet industry, offering a more accessible and cost-effective alternative for users in remote or under-connected areas. With SpaceX’s extensive satellite network and its collaboration with other companies, it is expected to provide users with a reliable and fast internet service in the coming years.
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