Starlink, the satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, has been available to the public since early 2021. Demand for the service continues to exceed the capacity that the satellite dish constellation can handle.
Many people trying to get Starlink will end up on the dreaded waitlist. The Starlink waitlist is where all the pre-order customers have to wait until capacity is expanded in the area they live. If you have an address that isn’t available yet, you can put down a $99 deposit to reserve a spot in line.
Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis. However, capacity is determined in very small service areas called cells. It’s completely possible for a house a mile down the road to get their order before you, even if you’ve been waiting longer.
In this article, we will explore how long the waitlist is for Starlink. We will also show you how to estimate how long you will wait. Finally, we’ll explain how it might be possible for you to skip the wait entirely.
How many people are on the Starlink waitlist?
Globally, Starlink serves over a million customers as of December 2022. As for how many people are on the Starlink waitlist, that number isn’t available. Based on previous updates from SpaceX, the amount of pre-orders has always been around the same as the number of subscribers. I would guess there are are between 500,000 and 1 million people who are signed up on the Starlink waitlist.
How long is the wait for Starlink?
If you’ve checked for Starlink availability and aren’t able to place a full order, how long will you wait for Starlink? Thankfully, Starlink provides an ETA. Anyone can check how long the wait is for their area, regardless of whether they put in a pre-order.
How to check for order availability
To check how long you might be waiting to get your dish, first head over to the Starlink map tool on the Starlink website. Enter your address into the search box.
The map should zoom in to show you a closer view of your area. You can also just zoom in to any area on the map, without using the search box.
You’ll notice a few different color shades on the map. The map legend reveals that the lighter shade of blue is available now, while the slightly darker blue is a waitlisted area.
How to check Starlink wait times
If you tap or hover over an area that is on the waitlist, an estimated expansion date is displayed.
See also: How To Find Out If Starlink Is Available In Your Area
Can you skip the Starlink waitlist?
If you are stuck waiting on Starlink to expand in your area, there are a couple ways to skip waiting and get Starlink right now.
Starlink Roam can be ordered by virtually anyone, with no waitlist. The Roam service works anywhere with active Starlink coverage, which includes waitlisted areas.
What’s the catch? For starters, Starlink Roam costs $150/month, which is more than the normal Residential service. Also, Roam users are deprioritized on the network. In times of heavy use and congestion, Roam users will see their performance degrade well before Residential users.
The second way to skip the waitlist is to opt into Starlink Best Effort. Best Effort is a service plan from Starlink that allows current waitlist customers to enjoy Starlink right away, while maintaining their spot on the waitlist for full Residential service in the future.
Best Effort is only offered to select pre-order waitlist customers. Keep an eye on your email inbox, or your Starlink.com account dashboard, to see if you get the offer.
For more detail on ways to skip the wait, see How To Skip The Starlink Waitlist.
How long does it take to get Starlink after making a deposit?
Most people are stuck on the Starlink waitlist for between 3-12 months. However, some people have been on the waitlist for multiple years. It varies based on the demand and capacity in your area. For example, this person on Reddit waited for more than 2 years.
How long you will wait on the Starlink waitlist depends on the capacity of the cell in which you live. Some customers wait weeks, others wait months, or even years. You can check to see if your address is waitlisted by using the Starlink availability map. The map also gives you an estimated wait time.
And if you can’t wait, there are a couple of options to skip the waitlist completely. Starlink Roam is one way to completely avoid waiting for Starlink, although there are some major downsides.
Signed up 03.19.2023 paid $99.00 deposit. Have not received equipment was stated 2-4 weeks back in March 2023.
Account states: “There are no Starlink devices associated yet. Your devices will appear here after they ship.”
Is there a longer wait list than what was originally stated?
Thank you for your time.
Yes, I would say 2-4 weeks would be a short time to wait on the waitlist. Most wait months.
I make an order for Starlink in Ukraine 24 of November, it took a deposit and I am waiting for complete my order for today, I don’t have bill yet for equipment, more than 6 weeks. So big company, so terrible situation in Ukraine. How long can I wait for this bill for equipment? Some people who took it from Spain for example take it now in Ukraine, and I wait because I make an order in Ukraine from official site . I believe that my children can educate with it internet.
I placed an order and was put on a waiting list and nowhere does it show and estimated delivery. Thoughts?
It’s been a log time since I was on the waitlist, but I believe when you log into your account dashboard on Starlink.com, it should display details about your deposit there.
Here is my recent experience in an attempt to go around the Wait List. A person with equipment and an account wanted to sell me their equipment. The account holder contacted Star Link to transfer the system to me and get an account.
Star Link declined giving me an account even though I’m in an active area with a waiting list. Here in Upstate Idaho we were some of the first to get the systems during the Beta test period. The antennas are 4 miles from my location. Don’t buy any gear until Star Link has ok’d your new account and the seller must do that prior to sale.
Yep this is good advice. Don’t exchange money until Starlink has verified that the transfer can be completed. Thanks for the report.
I see the service is now available in Jamaica. I do not have a street address, how do I order the equipment?
You can use Plus Codes, or select your location on the Starlink.com map:
I pre-ordered Residential when it was first offered years ago. I am still on wait-list in Kentucky.
I ordered, received and am using the RV since it was first offered.
When the Residential finally becomes available to my address, will they send me another unit or switch the RV account to a Residential account since I have all the equipment I actually already need? I don’t want 2 sets of equipment.
RV cannot be converted to Residential, so you will need to buy another hardware kit when it becomes available at your address.
Two weeks ago I made an order, I was told “Deliveries typically take 2 – 3 weeks”,
but still there is no timeline in my account, no information.
I am not given an estimated time of arrival in my booking information.
Moreover, the price of the device was $385 and the monthly subscription fee was $60, now the price has changed – $700 and $75. Will I have to pay 700 instead of 385 and 75 instead of 60, or will I still have the old tariff???
If you’ve already processed your order for the hardware, you will likely pay the old hardware price, but pay the new monthly service cost.
The order was confirmed, the price was changed .. I booked an order at a price of 375 bucks, paid a deposit a month ago, and now they demand 590 bucks from me with delivery .. although they promised free delivery and starlink for 375 bucks.
I have not been able to write to support for 4 days now, it gives the error “Something went wrong on our end. Please wait and then try again.” There is no answer anywhere, a complete ignore. Very disappointing.
I will have to refuse – I am not ready to pay almost 2 times more for a device that I booked a month ago.
Ok I understand now. It gives you that error because you were a pre-order customer. Regarding the price change, this is covered in the Terms of Service you agree to when you placed the deposit. Specifically, the Terms of Service say that Starlink doesn’t guarantee any price at the time of the deposit. So if they increased the hardware costs while you were on the waitlist, you’ll owe the increased amount when your account becomes eligible for purchasing a kit. Here is the relevant bit from the Starlink.com Terms of Service:
” Prices for the Services and Kits presented at the time you place your Deposit Payment are subject to change to the prices in effect at the time of Order, including any applicable taxes, duties, delivery charges, and any other applicable fees. “
No, I will simply refuse and will not become a subscriber. Let me be tormented by the local Internet, but I will not encourage – false company policy! Worldwide, in all types of sales – if you have taken a deposit or prepayment, the amount of the order must be kept. The clause in the agreement is another loophole for deceiving customers and the possibility of not complying with honest sales rules. Consumer regulations around the world say so. Alas, Elon Max has always been a Great scammer and his company as well. I am offended that during the war in my camp, we are obliged to pay the highest price for equipment and subscription fees!
I purchase starlink in one location and then moved. I updated my address but am in an area waitlisted. How do I know I have joined the waitlist que at the new location?
As long as your address is correct in your Starlink account on the website, you’re good to go. It should provide you an ETA as well. That may be the same date as it was before.
Filled out the form for Starlink nearly 2 years ago. have not heard a peep from the company since. It honestly looks like they are only pushing it out to social influencers and rural projects they can use as promotion. Not impressed, already souring it for the majority of us who jumped on the list as soon as it was available.. they are definitely not going in order, rather hand-picking who they want to serve.
…or if Ukraine needs it…then they can miracle that shit over there in moments. I’ve been waiting since mid-2021.