Starlink

Starlink Availability Map

Starlink Coverage Map - Current Users

*  The Starlink coverage map above was generated by tracking current users of Starlink’s service.

Starlink is a new satellite internet service developed by space exploration company, SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk. Starlink internet works by beaming data signals between thousands of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites overhead and gateway stations on the ground below.

If you live anywhere in the U.S., you’re most likely covered by Starlink satellite service. In fact, Starlink provides service to over 400,000 customers across 36 countries. Each of the green dots in the Starlink coverage map above represents a location with a current Starlink subscriber. Currently, over 2,400 low-earth-orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites orbit the Earth, providing internet service to many areas.

Here are some quick stats regarding Starlink’s availability:

  • 400,000 current subscribers
  • Approximately 2,400 LEO satellites in orbit
  • 59 gateway stations across the U.S.
  • 36 countries served worldwide

Starlink Plans and Pricing

Best Features: Things to Consider:
  • Rural availability
  • Unlimited data
  • No hidden fees
  • No contracts
  • Limited availability as SpaceX continues to fulfill existing preorders
  • High upfront cost for equipment
  • No professional installation

Starlink internet pricing is straightforward and hidden fee-free, offering just two plans. For the residential Starlink internet plan, customers can expect to pay $110 per month, while the RV internet plan costs $135 per month. Both Starlink internet plans offer download speeds up to 250 Mbps and require a $599 upfront payment for the hardware (dish, router, and cables).

Unlike other satellite companies, Starlink doesn’t allow subscribers to lease their equipment. Also, service may not be available in your area. In this situation, you can place a $99 deposit applicable toward your Starlink Kit purchase.

Plan Name Download Speed Starting Price Data Cap
Starlink Residential Satellite Up to 250 Mbps $110 per month Unlimited Data
Starlink RV Satellite Up to 250 Mbps $135 per month Unlimited Data

If you’ve visited the Starlink website recently, you may have seen a message like, “Starlink expects to expand service in your area by early to mid 2022. You will receive a notification once your Starlink is ready to ship.” SpaceX is working to fulfill 750,000 preorders. Delays in service activation are primarily due to two factors: capacity and silicon.

Even though nearly 2,400 Starlink satellites roam the sky in a scheduled pattern, certain sectors of the Earth are less visited than others, limiting the capacity Starlink has to take on new subscribers. Since their satellite launch operations began in 2019, Starlink has successfully completed 47 launches, and the company is planning to continue launching at an ambitious pace to increase capacity and fulfill future orders.

Silicon supply has become a hot issue for Starlink and every other tech company attempting to supply customers with high-tech gadgetry. A perfect storm of circumstances gathered in 2020, causing a ripple effect of silicon chip shortages worldwide and serious delays in production for SpaceX’s Starlink customer kits.

Starlink Internet Speeds

Current speeds offered by a Starlink satellite connection top out at download speeds up to 250 Mbps. Elon Musk’s SpaceX intends to increase the maximum speed to 10 Gbps in the future. These speeds will require specialized laser technology that SpaceX is still in the process of developing and expanding.

This technology would outfit future LEO satellites with the capability to communicate directly with each other while in orbit via laser. Since transmissions of these sorts travel exponentially faster in the vacuum of space than on the ground, 10 Gbps download speeds may become a distinct reality. Until then, Starlink LEO satellites do all of their communication with gateway base stations located on Earth to send data transmissions where they need to go.

Frequently Asked Questions About Starlink Internet

  • Where is Starlink available?

    Currently, Starlink is most available in Northern U.S. states that border Canada, such as Washington, North Dakota, and Michigan, since this was the region SpaceX focused on during its beta testing of Starlink. Since exiting the beta phase, Starlink has become fully operational to service locations across the United States and internationally.

  • How is Starlink different?

    Traditional satellite internet speeds top out at 100 Mbps. Starlink internet download speeds reach up to 250 Mbps, which is twice as fast as traditional internet because its thousands of LEO satellites orbit at a much lower altitude, increasing communication speed.

  • When will Starlink internet be available?

    Starlink exited its beta testing phase in October 2021, and has since been expanding its presence all over the United States and internationally. You can visit the Starlink website to see if Starlink is available in your area or submit a deposit for a Starlink Kit and place yourself on the waitlist.

  • How much does Starlink internet cost per month?

    Starlink internet is $110 per month for their residential plan and $135 per month for the RV plan.

  • When can I get Starlink internet?

    Visit the Starlink website to submit an order or receive an estimate of when Starlink will be in your area.

  • How do I contact Starlink internet customer service?

    You can contact customer service either through the Starlink app or via the Starlink website.

  • Is there a Starlink mobile internet?

    Currently, Starlink offers an RV solution for satellite internet. However, customers using this technology cannot use it while on the move.

  • How good is Starlink internet?

    So far, Elon Musk and his Starlink internet have delivered on expectations in terms of performance since exiting the beta phase in October 2021. As SpaceX continues to launch more LEO satellites and expands its capacity to add subscribers, more feedback on performance will surface.