Starlink FAQs

Best for fast speeds
Starlink
Starlink
Starlink's lower latency and speeds make it the preferred choice for satellite internet, even though it's the priciest and require a DIY setup with little to no customer support.
pro No contract
pro Speeds up to 220Mbps
con Expensive start up cost
$120—$500
/mo.

 

Starlink is a satellite internet provider developed by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX. It uses low-Earth orbit satellites to provide faster speeds, more data, and lower latency broadband service to underserved rural and remote areas worldwide.


Which satellite internet provider has the fastest speeds?

Starlink Internet offers the fastest satellite internet available. Its download speeds can reach as fast as 220Mbps in some areas. It's widely available, but  top speeds may not be available everywhere. The Starlink Standard plan offers speeds that rival Hughesnet and Viasat, but also provide lower latency for smooth, non-laggy internet connection.


General Starlink Questions

How fast is Starlink internet?

Starlink internet reports speeds from 20–220 Mbps, but users may experience slower speeds due to network issues. Starlink Priority (Formerly Starlink Business) promises these full speeds and more consistent service. But Starlink Priority is much more expensive and may cost more if you buy additional data.

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Starlink plans and pricing

Plan
Price*
Speed
Latency
Equipment fee
Starlink Standard$120/mo.*20-100 Mbps25–50ms$599.00
Starlink Priority$140.00–$500.00/mo.40–220Mbps25–50ms$2,500.00
Starlink Mobile$150.00–$200.00/mo.5–50Mbps25–50ms$599.00–$2,500.00
Starlink Mobile Priority$250.00–$5,000.00/mo.40—220Mbps25–50ms$2,500.00
* Plus hardware, shipping & handling fees, and tax. Fully refundable. Depending on location, some orders may take 2 weeks or more to fulfill.

How much is Starlink internet?

Starlink costs anywhere from $120 per month for Starlink Standard with standard data in low-capacity areas to $500 per month if you want Starlink Priority with the most amount of allotted data. Starlink also requires upfront equipment fees ranging from $599 at the lowest to $2,500 at the highest. What type of Starlink plan you pick, what type of equipment, plus the data tier and allotment you want will all determine exactly how much Starlink costs. Check out our Starlink data breakdown for more specifics.

Is Starlink internet unlimited?

Technically it is unlimited. While the service says it would not cut off users from the internet, they do say that in order to control network congestion, they may slow down users' download speeds if they deem they're going over the normal usage. 

What is Starlink Priority?

Starlink Priority is a luxury internet service tier that offers Starlink Priority data and speeds up to 220Mbps (which is less than the 150–500 Mbps it used to offer). It also costs a stiff $140.00–$500.00 per month, depending on whether you want 40GB or 2TB of Priority data. The data amounts are definitely expensive, but if you somehow run out of Priority data, you'll stay connected with Standard data, the same data tier Starlink Residential plans are given.

 Can you use Starlink on an RV?

You can now use Starlink in your RV! Starlink Mobile (formerly known as Roam). You can take it anywhere and use your phone app to connect your dish to the internet. Just go to Starlink’s website to sign up for the portable internet you’ve hoped for—if it’s available in your area.

How much does Starlink for RVs cost?

Starlink Mobile costs $150 a month for Regional service (that is, service restricted only to your continent) and $200 a month for Global service, which gives you world-wide connectivity in any country Starlink is already available in.

Starlink MObile hardware costs $599 upfront if you want the portable option or $2,500 if you want it permanently installed on your vehicle to get satellite internet service even while you're in motion. Starlink’s Mobile internet also bills monthly with no contract, so you can pause and resume service whenever you want.

When can I get Starlink internet?

Starlink Internet is no longer in beta, so you can get Starlink once it’s available in your area. Currently Starlink is available to the northern US states, but availability is rapidly expanding throughout 2022. The best way to see if you can get Starlink is to enter your address on the Starlink website.

Does Starlink internet work in bad weather?

Starlink is designed to work in snow, extreme heat (122 degrees Fahrenheit), extreme cold (-22 degrees Fahrenheit), heavy rain, sleet, and hail. The dish is hydrophobic and has the ability to melt snow, although that warmth might make it attractive to cats.

Will Starlink ruin the night sky?

Starlink is working with astronomers to resolve concerns about Starlink satellites obstructing the natural night sky. Some efforts include updating Starlink software to adjust positioning to make them invisible to the naked eye and deploying sun visors that darken satellites from sun reflections.

How many Starlink satellites are in orbit?

There are about 5,700 working Starlink satellites in orbit as of April 2024. Satellite tracker Johnathan's Space Report is a handy resource for learning how many are currently in Earth's orbit.