You’ve been living without decent internet options for years, and now Starlink comes along to completely change the way you think about satellite internet. The high latency, slow speeds, and contracts of HughesNet or Viasat are a far cry from the blazing fast performance that Starlink offers.
The reviews and performance specifications for Starlink are all positive, and you are sure it is the right option for your next internet provider. But how do you sign up? How do you know if Starlink is available in your area? Perhaps you have already put down a deposit. When will the capacity in your area expand?
In this article, I will explain the steps that you can take to see if Starlink is available at your location. I’ll go through the order process and show you the different sign up options. And finally, I will take a look at how fast Starlink is expanding, and when you can expect service to cover different areas of the United States.
Is Starlink Available In My Area?
Starlink is currently available in most of the United States, but exactly when you can start receiving service depends on many factors, including number of satellites in orbit, number of ground stations, and current subscriber count in your area.
How To Check for Starlink Availability
Before you can sign up for Starlink internet service, you need to check and see if it is available in your area. Fortunately, it is a very easy process that can be completed in just a few seconds online:
- Visit the Starlink website at www.Starlink.com
- Type in your address and click Order Now
- See what type of order you can place, a reservation deposit or full order. See the detailed sections for your order type below
Starlink Waitlist Pre-Order
If you get the message, “Starlink is currently at capacity in your area…” on the next screen, that means that service is available, but you will need to join the waitlist and wait to get Starlink.
To pre-order and join the waitlist, you will pay a $99 deposit. During your pre-order, Starlink will provide you with a timeline estimate for when you will receive service. For example, you might see the message, “your order may not be fulfilled until 2023 or later.”
If you do put down the $99 deposit, your account page on the Starlink website will be updated if the estimated service availability date changes. The deposit is fully refundable, and you can cancel your pre-order at any time to get your money back.
Full Starlink Order
If you see a screen with the message, “Service for this order is only guaranteed at this location”, that means Starlink is available in your area immediately. You will be asked to pay up-front for the Starlink hardware kit, which is $599. You might also need to pay for shipping and tax depending on your location.
Starlink has a return policy of 30 days. If you receive your kit and the service doesn’t work as you had hoped, you can return the dish and get a full refund.
Starlink Coverage Map
The Starlink website has an interactive map that shows which areas of the country are available for full orders, and which are only available for pre-order. This is a good tool to be able to visualize how much of the country is covered by Starlink service.
You can also type in your address on the map to be taken directly to your area. From there, check the color on the map to determine if Starlink is available.
What If I Don’t Have An Address?
If you don’t have a mailing address to search for on the Starlink availability map, you can use Google Plus Codes. To find your Plus Code, visit: https://maps.google.com/pluscodes
Search the map and find the exact location of your home. Then click on the location, and copy the code.
Paste this code into the Starlink address search, and you are good to go!
Can I Get Starlink Internet Now?
Yes, as long as your location has availability. Being able to order Starlink depends on multiple factors. The number of satellites in orbit, the existence of ground stations in an area, and also the number of subscribers in an area. If you are on the waitlist for Starlink, you’ll have to wait until the satellite constellation is expanded enough to handle more capacity.
Starlink has 3 different service tiers. Residential, RV, and Business. Residential and Business plans require open availability at your service address in order to buy the kit. Starlink RV, however, does not require open capacity at your home address. The RV plan is designed to be portable, and can be used anywhere with a Starlink signal. On the availability map above, that is anywhere other than locations marked Coming Soon.
It’s important to keep in mind that Starlink RV is deprioritized on the network. You may experience slower speeds that regular customers. It’s also more expensive than the normal plan, and cannot be converted to regular Residential service at the moment. We do not recommend purchasing Starlink RV to use permanently at your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I wait on the Starlink waitlist?
It varies by area. Typically, people wait 6 months at a minimum. There are people that pre-ordered in 2021 and are still waiting to get their Starlink kit. The good news is that Starlink provides an estimated date on your account when you pre-order. This will give you a good idea of when you can finally get Starlink.
What if my location is listed as “coming soon”?
When you check the availability map, you’ll see some areas, mainly outside of the US, showing as Coming Soon. This means that Starlink doesn’t yet have the necessary satellite coverage, ground stations, and/or regulatory approval to operate Starlink in that location. Starlink provides a rough estimate of when service will expand to that area if you hover over it using the map.
How Fast Is Starlink Expanding?
Starlink is rapidly expanding their satellite constellation. Over the last couple years, SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink, has launched thousands of satellites, with thousands more planned to launch. There is typically a satellite launch every week, although it can take weeks, if not months, for the new satellites to be fully installed and operational in the constellation.
Starlink has said they now have over 400,000 customers globally. We also know that over 750,000 people have signed up to receive the satellite internet service in the future. Based on these statistics, we expect Starlink to rapidly expand to meet the demand, but that process takes time.
What happens if I cancel my pre-order?
If you put down a pre-order deposit and joined the Starlink waitlist, cancelling will take you out of line. If you decide later to
The demand for Starlink satellite internet service is exploding as more and more people learn about it, and what it could bring to people without internet options. The Starlink website gives you multiple tools to determine if Starlink is available in your area. Ultimately, availability comes down to the amount of satellites in the constellation, and the number of other customers around you.
If possible, we recommend pre-ordering as soon as you can so that you can grab your spot in line. We believe Starlink will continue to expand rapidly, so timeline estimates given to your by Starlink may start to shrink.