Starlink for RVs has changed its name to “Roam” and added a “global roaming” service at an increased price—$200 per month. The regional roaming price for Starlink RV remains at $150 per month.
This means that if you should venture beyond the boundaries of the North American continent, you will still (maybe) have broadband connectivity. You might see slower speeds, though. “Starlink Roam provides Best Effort service—there is no priority access included in the plan,” SpaceX revealed on its website. Starlink Roam users may see download speeds down around 5–50 Mbps, versus the 20–100 Mbps speeds typical on the stationary residential Starlink plan.
A subscriber on the global roaming tier may also encounter regions lacking Starlink ground stations. In that scenario, Starlink satellites will get the signal over laser links to acquire internet data and send it to the other satellites in the network, resulting in greater latency.
Starlink and T-Mobile to begin tests
As we reported last October, SpaceX is partnering with T-Mobile.
SpaceX and T-Mobile will begin testing their joint venture satellite-to-cell service this year, according to Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX vice president of Starlink Enterprise Sales. The service will offer space-based data services directly to smartphones and other devices on the ground.
SpaceX and T-Mobile announced their partnership last year (watch the video announcement here) and promised to “end mobile dead zones.”
SpaceX has launched roughly 4,000 Starlink satellites to date, the newest of them being the “V2 Mini” satellites, which have quadrupled the capacity of the previous generation.
Hofeller said that SpaceX is currently manufacturing six V2 Mini satellites per day at its facility near Seattle and has ceased production of its series 1.5 Starlink satellites. The company produces “thousands” of user terminals per day.
SpaceX announced last December that Starlink had achieved more than one million subscribers worldwide. Hofeller said this number has steadily increased, up from 145,000 users at the start of 2022.
I’m not sure why this is even necessary. Don’t smart phones have ‘wifi calling’ ?
Only if close to a wifi signal. Right?
Yes, the Starlink signal.
Currently if I’m “nowhere”, starlink provides Wi-Fi and my cellphone piggybacks that for Wi-Fi voice calling. This change would mean that the Starlink satellites talk directly to my cell phone without a Starlink phased array in between.
With this new partnership service between SpaceX and T-Mobile, a Starlink dish and base station are not necessary: the link will be directly between Starlink satellites and cell phones. This connectivity includes those who hike into the backcountry where wifi is not available…
While it is grand at times to be ‘connection free’, due to obligations, many would have to forego a lot of life’s enjoyable times without such connections. Such obligations are not restricted to jobs either. For example, family caregivers may not get respite opportunities without the ability to be on-call for remote decision making. An unexpected medical issue could needlessly become tragic without an ability to reach help.
Nearly all smartphones have the ability to reject incoming contacts except from a small group of stored contacts. You can still enjoy being hard to bother without needlessly risking yourself or those you love.
Cell data plans work well enough for us. All our travel is in North America. 😎
Elon Musk will never get any of my money. He is a conspiracy theorist who advocates for insurrectionists, and he promotes anti-democratic ideas. He continues to tarnish our nation and humanity.
LOL. HAHAHAHA. The funniest part is that he is already giving Musk his money. Everytime NASA launches a satelite using SpaceEx as its new UBER. Hahaha heeha. Does he think Elon is still covering all the costs of several hundred Starlink satellites over Ukraine? Hahahaha how about some rebates for if someone buys TESLA solar panels, hahahaha or Gov’t kickback if you buy a Tesla car.
You spout left-wing talking points.
I’m guessing that was a reply to Steve, not BNS. Just a guess.
You misspelled “facts.”
Exactly which anti-democractic ideas of Elon’s are you referring to? The free speech absolutist one that mirror’s Thomas Jefferson or the free market capitalist one that mirror’s Benjamin Franklin? Just curious?
You mean banning people on Twitter who criticize him? Or supporting those who attempted a treasonous overthrow of our government? Do you think those are democratic principles?
OMG. You are just too much. 😆 🤣 😂 😆 🤣 . Another lamb off to the slaughter.
Steve, He doesn’t need your money to Make America Great Again.
I’m just not that concerned with being totally connected all the time. We have a couple boondock sites we love BECAUSE there is no cell service. Kinda like camping in the “good old days”.
Sorry don’t trust anything Musk is involved in.
likely a tracking service
And you think the phone companies don’t…..ha
But you trust Google that vacuums up EVERYTHING you do online?
NASA sure does.
They trust his scientists and engineers – big difference.
With your money!!!! LOL. 😆🤣😆🤣😆🤣