Starlink Launches Portability Feature For A Fee

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On May 4th, 2022, Starlink customers received an email from Starlink, letting them know that Portability was now available. We had previously written about Starlink Portability/Roaming Mode, but now the feature is official, with an additional fee that was unexpected.

Back in February 2022, Starlink first enabled the ability for customers to roam outside of their assigned service cell. This feature went unannounced, but quickly drew the attention of Starlink users who desired the ability to use the service on the go.

Now Portability/roaming is live, and it costs extra. Here is the email that went out to Starlink customers:

As you can see, Starlink is charging $25 per month to use Portability. You’ll have to turn it on by visiting the account page on the website. We wrote a step-by-step guide to enabling Portability if you would like more details.

One interesting note from the Starlink Portability FAQ page is that roaming users will have the ability to move between countries, as long as they stay within the same continent. For example, US based customers can take their RV to Mexico or Canada and use Starlink. They are limiting roaming in a foreign country to 2 months. After that, you’ll be required to change your service address or purchase an additional location on your account.

Finally, the loophole allowing roaming users to have their service address changed to their roaming location has been removed. Previously, someone who set their service address in a different location from where they actually live could have the service address automatically updated by Starlink. Basically, this allowed people to order Starlink for random service addresses, roam for a bit, and then get transferred to a regular account in their actual location. This loophole allowed people to skip the waitlist, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case after the official launch of Portability.

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