Starlink Plans and Pricing
||Things to Consider:
- Rural availability
- Unlimited data
- No hidden fees
- No contracts
- Limited availability as SpaceX continues to fulfill 750,000 existing preorders
- High upfront cost ($499 for equipment for basic service, $2500 for premium service)
- No professional installation
Starlink internet pricing is straightforward and hidden fee-free, offering just two plans. For the standard plan, expect to pay $99 per month for download speeds up to 200 Mbps after purchasing your equipment for $499. For premium service, you’ll pay $500 per month for download speeds up to 500 Mbps after purchasing your equipment for $2,500. There is no lease option. (If service is not yet available in your area, you can place a $99 deposit applicable toward your standard kit purchase or a $500 toward a premium kit purchase to get on the waitlist for future service.)
||Monthly Starting Price
||Up to 200 Mbps
||$99 per month
||Up to 500 Mbps
||$500 per month
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 2,000 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 35 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.