Starlink is offering a new line of service, called Best Effort. Pre-order reservation holders started receiving emails in August 2022, regarding their pre-order status. In the email, Starlink outlines a new option for people patiently waiting for their full order.
What is Starlink Best Effort?
Best Effort is essentially like Starlink RV, but for use at one location only. Like the RV service, Best Effort customers are deprioritized on the network, meaning they will experience slower speeds compared to Residential users. Also like RV, Best Effort customers will be able to pause and resume service at any time.
The big advantage over Starlink RV is the price. Best Effort is $110/month, which is less than the $135/month that Starlink RV customers pay.
See also: Starlink Internet Plans Explained
Who is eligible?
Customers with a pre-order are eligible. This offer isn’t being extended to Starlink RV customers. Right now, it’s not clear if all pre-order’s are eligible. We received reports from several people across the US, so it doesn’t appear to be limited to one region.
We also know it’s not being offered to every pre-order customer at this moment. Perhaps Starlink is rolling this option out in phases, depending on the capacity issues in each specific region.
Will I keep my spot on the waitlist?
Yes, customers who opt for the Best Effort service will maintain their place on the waitlist for Residential service. You’ll be able to convert to the normal Residential service when capacity opens in your area.
That makes this service a much better deal than Starlink RV for people who don’t need a portable dish to use at multiple locations. As a Starlink RV customer, you cannot convert RV to Residential. That means you’ll need to buy Starlink twice to have RV and Residential.
What are the expected speeds?
We expect the Starlink Best Effort speeds to be similar to Starlink RV performance. Best Effort and RV users are deprioritized on the network, which means they will experience degraded performance when there are many users on the Starlink network in a specific cell.
Here are the official Best Effort speed specifications:
|Download Speed||Upload Speed||Latency||Data Caps|
|5-50 mbps||2-10 mbps||25-50 ms||No|
For more about speeds, check out our full article on Starlink speeds.
Starlink Best Effort is Starlink’s latest attempt to serve more users with limited network capacity. The demand for Starlink is much higher than the network has the capacity for. As the satellite constellation is deployed over time, capacity will increase.
Starlink believes many customers will accept degraded performance over not having internet at all. With the success of Starlink RV, it was only a matter of time before Starlink realized many people were ordering RV just to have internet at home. This new Best Effort service gives those people a better option.
Did you get the email? Do you plan to subscribe to Best Effort? Let us know what you think in the comments!