Starlink has launched a new product specifically aimed at RV dwellers and those who can’t wait to connect to the satellite internet service. While requesting a standard Starlink dish and service will put customers on a waiting list until 2023, Starlink for RVs is available immediately and is now shipping to buyers. The disadvantage? Network resources are always prioritized for this, and the service costs $135, which is $25 more than a regular Starlink connection.
In other words, the RV option costs as much as a regular Starlink connection with the Portability feature introduced in March that allows customers to use the service while away from home. However, for a normal connection, you need to have a home service first, and that may not be possible for some people. Another difference is that the RV product allows customers to pause and unpause the service so they can determine when their billing starts and ends.
Since the network has been removed from priority for the RV service, users’ connectivity can be slow and intermittent in busy areas and during peak times. “Declared speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed,” the company wrote on its Help page, making it clear that interested customers understand it prioritizes home users. One important thing to note for those looking at the RV option is that they cannot use Starlink while they are on the move at this time. SpaceX chief Elon Musk also added on Twitter that the dish is too big for cars, but that didn’t stop at least one user from screwing it onto the hood of their vehicle.
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