It feels like the Starlink plans are changing as fast as their rockets. And lucky for you the best Starlink for RV plan just got a whole lot simpler, or did it? Let’s have a look at Starlink’s newest plan designed for the nomad life and RV’ers.
Furthermore, for those that already have an RV or Portability plan what does this mean for you? Is making the switch to Roam worth? Or should you just stay put…….and yes they did slow the internet speeds down!
Starlink For RV is Now Roam
Unless you just crawled out from under a rock you’ve likely heard of Starlink. It’s been around for years now and offers a game-changing solution for RV enthusiasts seeking high-speed, low-latency connectivity on the go. With its expansive network of satellites orbiting Earth, Starlink ensures you stay connected to the digital world, whether you’re parked at a picturesque campsite or exploring the most remote corners of the world.
The Starlink program has gone through several different iterations of plans for RV or mobile use – Starlink Portable, Starlink RV, and now Starlink Roam. Starlink Roam has replaced these previous plans which are not available to new customers.
What Is Starlink Roam
Starlink Roam which has replaced the Starlink RV and Portability plans is their newest plan aimed at RV’ers and remote workers where fast internet and portability is a must.
The Roam Plans actually simplify things and will hopefully put an end to the RV Vs. Residential with Portability Plan debate. The roam plans come in two forms, Regional and Global.
Starlink Roam Regional
The regional plan offers service across the continent of your choice for the price of $150 per month. The service can be used with the standard dish or the high performance flat dish. The high performance dish can be used in motion with this plan.
For comparison, the old RV plan and the Portability option came to $135 per month. Existing customers can “upgrade” to the Roam plan with a simple click of a button, but should you is the big question.
Starlink Roam Global
The Global Plan takes it up a notch and offers service anywhere in the world where Starlink works. This plan comes in at $200 per month. The plan can also be used with the standard dish or the high performance dish except it is not approved for in motion use. I’m guessing that has to do with countries where in-motion use has not been approved yet.
Can You Pause Service With Starlink Roam?
Why yes you can! This previously was only available in the Starlink for RV plan and was not available for Residential with Portability plan customers. Both the Starlink Roam Global and Regional plans are billed month-to-month and allow for pausing of the service. This is a big perk for folks that don’t need service year-round.
Starlink Roam vs. Starlink Residential
In addition to the portability of the different plans Starlink is now throttling the plans differently. If you don’t know what throttling is, it’s basically caping the internet speed to a set rate. So once again the decision gets a bit more tricky.
The price for Starlink continues to creep up but it still is well priced in comparison to the other satellite internet providers out there. I can also attest to how durable that dish is. It’s been bouncing around on top of our truck 24-7 for years now and hasn’t let us down once.
The Starlink 12 volt conversion has also been huge for us and saves some valuable energy while on the road.
The throttling of the speed for the Roam plans is significant and while those speeds are likely good for most this could pose a problem for some heavy users. We often see 100Mbps speeds so that would mean a 50% reduction in speeds.
You may be asking what Priority Access vs. Best Effort is. When an area gets congested with too many Starlink users it will give Priority Access to those that have Residential plans. This could result in throttling of the speeds for mobile users.
Starlink For International
It’s also worth noting that if you spend more than two months in a foreign country, Starlink requires you to transfer your account to that country. We haven’t personally pushed this one too far as we’ve only been out of the country for 3 months with our Starlink but so far things are still working fine.
Should I Upgrade My Residential With Portability To Roam?
Short answer is NO! This is the plan that we have and we definitely won’t be switching to roam anytime soon. It’s been working great for us and we see speeds of 100Mbps all the time and I would hate to see that cut in half. In addition, it’s also $15 les per month.
The only advantage I see with switching to Roam would be the ability to pause your service when you’re not using it. For some folks this could be a great feature that could save some money.
Should I Upgrade My RV Plan To Roam?
Again I’m gonna go with NO for the same reasons above. And remember, the RV plan does allow you to pause your plan so that isn’t even a benefit for you with the Roam plan. Until Starlink forces us down this road I plan to stay put where we are.
Another VERY IMPORTANT thing worth noting is that if you switch to Starlink Roam from one of these older plans, you CAN NOT switch back!
Final Thoughts – Best Starlink Plan For RV
Starlink is changing the world as we know it and creating amazing opportunities for nomadic life, Vanlife, RV life…whatever you want to call it. Ultimately, Starlink has unlocked new possibilities for remote work, making it a powerful tool for those who dare to embrace a life of adventure and freedom.
For us we will continue with our old grandfathered Starlink Plans but if we were just starting today we still think Roam is the best Starlink for RV plan available. Check out our Starlink Setup Guide for a better idea on how the system works.