This Monday, SpaceX released a new Starlink product made specifically for RVs traveling to locations lacking strong, or any, internet connectivity.
Customers can purchase Starlink for RVs immediately, unlike the year-long waitlist to purchase a regular Starlink dish and service. Similar to Starlink, Starlink for RVs comes equipped with an app suitable for IOS or Android that uses augmented reality to help customers visualize the best location to set up their receivers. Perfect for part-time travelers, Starlink for RVS bills in one-month increments, so users can pause and un-pause the service as needed.
Unfortunately, Starlink for RVs isn’t perfect. Its website makes exceedingly clear that users in areas marked ‘available’ can expect the ‘high speed, low latency internet’ it’s known for, while users in areas marked ‘waitlist’ or during peak usage hours should expect slower speeds. RVs also can’t even use it while in motion.
At $135 the service costs $25 more than the standard Starlink connection. Fortunately, customers can trial it for up to a month and receive a refund of the hardware costs if not satisfied.
What is Starlink?
Elon Musk’s company SpaceX created its Starlink division to sell internet connections to anyone in the world using its orbital satellites. A recent development – SpaceX only began launching its prototype satellites into orbit in 2018. However, SpaceX already launched over 2,000 Starlink satellites with permission to release 10,000 more. It still awaits approval for the deployment of another 30,000 of its broadband spacecraft.
Starlink now delivers service to 32 countries globally and plans to expand its coverage map as it releases more satellites.