Starlink's testing a "Global Roaming" internet service for $200 per month2023-02-20 18:23 by Daniela
Starlink's testing a new satellite internet service it says will let you "connect from almost anywhere on land in the world," according to a message some Starlink users have received. The SpaceX-owned company calls it "Global Roaming Service" and says it'll cost $200 per month in addition to the base $599 Starlink Kit.
The company warned users to expect high speeds and low latency, as well as short periods of poor or no connection. SpaceX added this was projected to "improve dramatically over time," per the screenshots.
"Global Roaming makes use of Starlink's inter-satellite links (aka space lasers) to provide connectivity around the globe. As this is a new technology, you can expect Starlink's typical high-speed, low-latency service intermixed with brief periods of poor connectivity, or none at all. However this will improve dramatically over time," said an email from Starlink shared on Reddit. Average Starlink speeds have dropped as more users sign up for the satellite service, speed-test data shows.
SpaceX already offers a few, more limited roaming options. Most notably, there's the company's Portability package for existing residential users, which allows those customers to use their Starlink terminal while traveling within their home continent. At $25 per month on top of the company's $110 monthly subscription fee, the package is cheaper than the global roaming service SpaceX recently began emailing potential customers about, but the company requires those who spend "an extended period of time" away from home to change their permanent address.
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