Last summer, we reviewed Starlink RV, a version of the satellite Internet service that promised users access virtually anywhere on their continent. Now it’s rebranded as Starlink Roam, available in a regional access variant for $150 per month or for worldwide use anywhere the service is available for $200 per month.
As with the RV package, users can choose a portable antenna for $599 or an antenna intended for use on the move for $2,500. Previously, you could only travel within the same continent with the Starlink satellite dish (nicknamed Dishy).
Starlink is marketing the rebranded plan as a way for customers to use Starlink in “locations where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable.” You can also pause and resume the subscription whenever you want while being billed in monthly increments.
In February, users (including those outside Starlink’s coverage areas) began receiving messages about a new “global roaming service,” though we didn’t know at the time that it would completely replace Starlink RV. There still aren’t too many details about Starlink’s Roam, but judging by the email it sent out to customers last month, it doesn’t sound entirely reliable. “Starlink’s typical high-speed, low-latency service mixed with short periods of poor connectivity, or none at all,” it said. “However, this will improve dramatically over time.”
The FAQ page for Starlink Roam states that the global service “can only be ordered” in the countries on the Starlink Availability Map. However, it is unclear whether the service will still be available in countries where Starlink is technically not allowed. Starlink is still awaiting regulatory approval from some countries, including India, Pakistan and Cambodia, while Elon Musk said in an interview with the Financial times that the Chinese government has “expressed its disapproval of its recent rollout of Starlink.”