Last summer we reviewed Starlink RV, a version of the satellite internet service that promised users access from almost anywhere on the continent. It has now been renamed to Starlink Roomavailable either as a regional access option for $150/month or for global use wherever the service is available for $200/month.
As with the RV package, users can choose either a portable antenna for $599 or an antenna designed for use on the move for $2,500. Previously, you could only travel with a Starlink (nicknamed Dishy) satellite dish within the same continent.
Starlink is offering the rebranded subscription as an option for customers to use Starlink in “places where connectivity was unreliable or completely unavailable.” You can also pause and resume your subscription at any time, and your bill will be charged in one-month increments.
In February, users (including those outside Starlink’s coverage area) began to receive messages about a new “global roaming service”, although we did not know at the time that it would completely replace Starlink RV. There are still not many details about Starlink’s Roam, but judging by an email sent out to customers last month, it doesn’t sound entirely reliable. “Typical low-latency, high-speed Starlink service mixed with short periods of poor or no connection at all,” the post reads. “However, this will improve significantly over time.”
V FAQ page for Starlink Roam states that the global service “can only be ordered” in countries on Starlink Availability Map. However, it is not clear if the service will still be available in countries where Starlink is technically banned. Starlink is still waiting for regulatory approval from some countries including India, Pakistan and Cambodia, while Elon Musk said in interview with Financial Times that the Chinese government has “clearly stated its disapproval of its recent deployment of Starlink”.