Starlink Is Testing A Global Roaming Internet Service


Starlink’s testing a new satellite internet service it says will let you “connect from almost anywhere on land in the world.” 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 service, which uses “Starlink’s inter-satellite links (aka space lasers) to provide connectivity around the globe,” comes with a pretty big caveat.

In its message to users, Starlink notes that you should expect “Starlink’s typical high speed, low-latency service intermixed with brief periods of poor connectivity, or none at all” but that this will “improve dramatically over time.”

It’s also not immediately clear how Starlink will follow through on its promise to provide internet from nearly anywhere. Starlink is still waiting on regulatory approval in various countries, including India, Pakistan, and Cambodia, and is completely unavailable in others. Despite this, reports coming in say that Starlink is offering the Global Roaming service to some users outside the company’s coverage areas, such as Greenland.

Starlink makes the Global Roaming plan sound like a more untethered way to travel the globe while using the company’s satellite internet.

Just like the RV plan, users can pause the Global Roaming service at any time. We still don’t know whether Starlink will give priority internet access to users who sign up for the plan, though, and, as noted by Starlink, users outside the US are “responsible for acting as the Importer of Record for the Starlink Kit.”

This means customers will have to ensure the Kit complies with local laws and regulations, as well as pay customs duties and import taxes.






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