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Starlink: And just like that – we’re roaming

Over the last two weeks, RVers and other mobile Starlink broadband users began to see the roaming indication on their Starlink app screen switch from “false” to “true,” indicating their wait for more mobile use of the system might be over. Not all users can roam away from their official Starlink “service address,” but more and more can now do so.

The official word from SpaceX subsidiary Starlink is that there is no official word on enabling roaming. However, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has stated more than once during the past year that Starlink’s principal objective was to deploy and expand the roaming feature and provide service to mobile users, be they RVers, marine users, commercial truckers, etc. For the past month, mobile users online have reported success while venturing forth from their fixed service address.

You would be forgiven for thinking that a company of the stature of Starlink might be able to do a better job of keeping the installed user base, if not the public at large, informed of developments with the broadband equipment and service. The company does not seem to prioritize customer communications. Most valuable information for subscribers and users seems to emanate from founder Musk’s Twitter messages. At any rate, at least for large swaths of the North American continent, services are available in most “cells” or addresses when initiating the service. The service seems to be working fine when the user’s dish moves away from the official service address.

You can read Elon Musk’s most recent Tweet regarding the Starlink roaming feature.

And here is a super cool video of a Starlink satellite train rolling across the night sky.
video by Todd Bishop at Geekwire

Stay tuned as more information emerges on Starlink RV mobile equipment upgrades, delivery times, etc.

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Unknown
16 days ago

Everyone wanting it that can’t get their service address at home…

Just put in service addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. I got mine in 2 weeks. Just keep note of your service address in case roaming is not enabled. Also note the starlink service is still in testing so communication and downtime may be an issue till it is fully rolled out.

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Unknown

Example … My service address is a gas station in the middle of nowhere.

Marty
1 month ago

Extremely frustrated waiting a year for Starlink for my house. First we were told it would be available mid to late 2021. Now it’s mid 2022. Neighbors got it right after it was available in our area just a few months before we signed up so the satellite is up there in our zone. Poor communication from the company also. We have very slow internet, DSL, and we need to have something like Starlink to be in the 21st century.

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Just put in addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. I got mine in 2 weeks.

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Also understand that it still is in testing. They don’t have to communicate to anyone. They haven’t fully rolled it out.

TIM MCRAE
1 month ago

Roaming On, probably has something to do with making it available in Ukraine.

Perhaps delivery of stateside units will also be delayed because they are shipping them all to Ukraine?

Vanessa
1 month ago

I’m on the list for starlink but it will be stationary at my S&B to run my security system and cameras.

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Just put in addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. I got mine in 2 weeks.

Lori
1 month ago

I do know they just increased the cost of their start-up package, so more money might just mean they’re gearing up the ‘roamin in the gloaming’, option too. Hope so.

Dennis Steinberg
1 month ago

I waited about 6 months to get it. I now have it, and it is great. Easy setup.

Marty
1 month ago

Still waiting after a year to get my home hooked up to Starlink that some of my neighbors enjoy. Irritated that mobile Starlink is available when stationary connections are still unfulfilled.

Dan Kruger
1 month ago
Reply to  Marty

Do your research with bloggers and u will find out how to not wait so long…..we did……enjoying Starlink…..

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Just put in addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. I got mine in 2 weeks. Just keep note of your service address in case roaming is not enabled.

Milky
1 month ago

I loved seeing the massive trail Saturday morning in the early hours. I was out my all my.telescoped and cameras and most of images are ruined thanks to star link.

jake
1 month ago
Reply to  Milky

Did you try not taking pictures for the few mins a year when Starlink is directly overhead at around sunset and sunrise when you can actually see them.. you literally have to wait for Starlink to appear directly overhead and purposely take pictures of them or be taking pictures constantly for months near sunrise and sunset in order to capture them.

bull
1 month ago

This is all fine and dandy HOWEVER when I type in my multiple home address’s in different states into the Starlink website looking to obtain service I still git the dreaded “Service Unavailable” until at least 2023 response.

Even though I cannot git service Starlink is more than happy to take a $100 deposit from NOW for something they promise in the future.

No thanks I’ll Wait!

Troy
24 days ago
Reply to  bull

About a month ago I checked my area and was told it would be 2023 before service would be available in my area.
I put down the deposit anyway just to get a place in line and the next day received an email saying they were preparing my order for shipment and ask me to confirm that I wanted it.
A week later I was up and running, everything is working great.
I wouldn’t trust the generic email they send out about availability, put down the deposit and see what happens, you can always opt out and get a full refund.
Good luck

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  bull

Just put in service addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. I got mine in 2 weeks. Just keep note of your service address in case roaming is not enabled. Also note this service is still in testing so communication and downtime may be an issue till it is fully rolled out.