A select number of Starlink customers now have access to the new Portability feature and take satellite internet with them.
User of Starlink subredit posted a picture of the message they received stating that for an additional $ 25 a month, you can move your internet connection to a new location.
There are some restrictions, according to official support page. You can’t take the connection with you to another continent, but you can transfer it to another country. If you decide to take Starlink to another country, you can only stay there for two months. After this period, you will need to change your registered address to the new one and then purchase another Starlink service.
The same is true if you stay within a country but have been away from home for too long. However, the time frame for this scenario is rather unclear. Starlink states that if you are away from your registered location for too long, you will be forced to change your address, but no specific time frame is given.
Also, you cannot use Starlink while driving, as it will not work and this will actually void the warranty. The company’s teams are currently working to make this possible, but no launch date is available. Starlink also warns that a good connection is not guaranteed. They explain that because Starlink gives priority to the registered address of the service, moving elsewhere will worsen the connection to some extent, especially during “… peak use or network congestion”, Starlink said.
Faster and better
However, the portability feature seems to work quite well for some customers. YouTuber Dave Lee posted a photo of his relationship with StarLink while camping his Twitter account. It had a download speed of 145 Mbps.
Starlink’s service is getting better over time. According to a a recent report on internet speed from Ookla, Starlink was the fastest Internet satellite provider in the fourth quarter of 2021. Their service achieved an average download speed of 104.97 Mbps. Second place is Viasat with an average of 21.81 Mbps.
In the continental United States, service is everywhere. The fastest and most constant speeds are on the West Coast, with large parts of the country seeing speeds below 60 Mbps, according to the same Ookla report. But even then, Starlink’s slowest speeds are still faster than the FCC’s 25 Mbps standard. With Starlink’s new premium level, they seem to be keeping their promise of fast speeds everywhere.