SpaceX’s Starlink is still expanding its group of Internet satellites and the service is intended only for use at the specific location where the user is registered. But as we noted earlier this month, for an additional $ 25 a month, this will allow consumers to take their meal elsewhere from time to time with the new portability feature of the service.
For this portability package, you still need to have a home service first, and it warns users that they will be removed as a priority while away from home. But if you’re a vanlifer or RV enthusiast who wants to buy a plate without having a “home” address with priority service, now Starlink for RVs will allow you to register and pick up an access plate right now. There is no need to wait, although it is worth mentioning that the service is not set up to run while on the go and, like Elon Musk helpfully mentionsthe antenna is too big for your car.
Of course, as seen in the Starlink subredditnot everyone is happy that Starlink for RVs has provided a no-wait option, even when some fans who have signed up for home services have delivery dates that are not until 2023.
However, taking this route will not be cheap. Like most people in the United States who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is on the waiting list for the Starlink service, but I could sign up for a meal today with $ 99 down and approximately $ 110 a month. If I choose Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish sent to me as soon as possible, as long as I’m willing to pay the full price of $ 599 plus immediate fees and $ 135 per month for internet service.
For my extra $ 25 each month, I would enjoy the “best effort” service, as well as the option to pause the service for months when I don’t need it. As Starlink for RVs FAQ explains: “Network resources are always de-prioritized for Starlink users for RVs over other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. The specified speeds and continuous use of the service are not guaranteed. The deterioration of the service will be most extreme in the “Waiting List” areas of the Starlink availability card during peak hours.
In fact, this is a big warning to anyone who might try to use the RV program – designed for people heading to the desert where other internet access may not be possible – as a way to get Starlink home internet right now. It’s your choice, but it will cost extra and there will probably be slower service, which makes waiting more useful.