In a nutshell: SpaceX is offering a new Starlink internet service for motorhomes, which can be used while the vehicle is in motion. The catch is that the dish and required mount cost $2,500, almost five times more than the standard kit.
SpaceX launched the Starlink for RVs service in May. As the name suggests, it is designed specifically for RV owners who want internet access in their vehicle. The installation kit costs $599, and there’s a monthly fee of $135, which is $25 more than the regular Starlink. The big caveat is that it cannot be used while the RV is in motion.
This limitation is not present in the brand new Flat High Performance Starlink service for VR. The company writes that it allows users to enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet access while on the move. It uses a larger terminal that can see 35% more sky than the standard version kit and is more resistant to extreme weather conditions while offering improved performance in high temperatures and snow.
Enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet access on the go! Now accepting orders for the high-performance flat Starlink, which provides on-the-move connectivity on land → https://t.co/tWDPs3JDWK pic.twitter.com/z2HNxaizdW
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 25, 2022
RV passengers will likely appreciate being able to access the internet while traveling on highways and such, but the service doesn’t come cheap. The $2,500 price for the dish and mount is nearly two thousand dollars more than the fixed-only version, though the monthly cost remains the same at $135. And like the standard option, you can pause and restart the service, so you won’t pay until it’s used.
Starlink has extended its Internet service to other regions this year. In addition to recreational vehicles, both mobile and static, it launched Starlink Maritime, which is designed for the extreme conditions faced by boats, ships, yachts and oil rigs. Users must pay a one-time cost of $10,000, followed by $5,000 per month to access this service.
A more recent addition is Starlink Aviation, a high-speed, low-latency in-flight internet connectivity option that will work regardless of your location. It delivers up to 350 Mbps to each aircraft with latency as low as 20 ms, allowing passengers to enjoy online gaming, video calls and connections to virtual private networks. Pricing is set between $15,500 and $25,000 per month for unlimited data with a one-time hardware fee of $150,000.