Starlink Prices – Up Front and Monthly Costs

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Starlink is a satellite internet service operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. The service has been in development for years, with the first public beta launching in November 2020. As of 2022, Starlink is in production, although network capacity remains limited as the satellite deployment schedule continues.

Acceptance into the program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on availability in selected areas.

Availability is limited due to the number of satellites in orbit, so this means that only a certain number of users within a specific area can sign up. Many thousands of satellites are planned to launch, and availability will increase over time. 

In this article we will cover the basics of Starlink, and go over Starlink prices you can expect to pay if you are interested in the service.

There are five different Starlink service plans. Residential, Best Effort, RV, Business, and Maritime. With each service tier you’ll pay a one-time equipment fee, plus a monthly service charge.

Residential

The Residential Starlink service price is $110 per month. There is no contract, so users can cancel their service at any time without fees.

There is also a one-time fee of $599 for the Standard Starlink hardware kit. The hardware kit includes the dish, wireless router, and base stand. Other accessories, such as roof mounts and cable routing kits, are sold separately.

Residential orders have the option to upgrade to the High Performance hardware kit, at a cost of $2,500.

See also: Starlink Adds Option For High Performance Dish

Best Effort

Best Effort is essentially a lower performance service offered to customers on the Residential waitlist. The idea is that people can enjoy Starlink internet, while waiting for capacity to expand in their area.

Best Effort costs $110 per month, with a one-time fee of $599 for the hardware.

When capacity expands, Best Effort customers are upgraded to Residential for free, and can keep using the same equipment.

RV

Starlink RV is $135 per month. There is no contract, so users can cancel their service at any time without fees. Starlink RV can be paused/resumed for seasonal use.

Just like with residential plans, there is a one-time fee of $599 for the Starlink RV hardware kit. The hardware kit is identical to the residential version, and includes the dish, base stand, and router.

Business

Starlink Business costs $500 per month. There is no contract, so Business customers can cancel at any time.

There is also a one-time fee of $2,500 for the Starlink Business hardware kit. The hardware kit includes the dish, power supply, wireless router, and base stand. Other accessories, such as roof mounts and cable routing kits, are sold separately.

Maritime

Starlink Maritime is $5,000 per month. There is no contract, users can cancel at any time. Users can also pause service for seasonal usage.

There is a one-time fee of $10,000 for the Starlink Maritime hardware kit, which includes two Business dishes and mounting accessories.

Monthly Portability Fee

Residential customers can add the Portability feature to their account. Portability costs $25 per month, in addition to the regular service price. Portability gives residential customers the same roaming ability as Starlink RV. Portability can be paused/resumed for seasonal use.

Starlink offers two levels of access for the Residential plan. People who live in areas currently served by active satellites with enough capacity can purchase the hardware kit and obtain service.

Those who live in covered areas which are at capacity, or who live in areas of future expansion, can pre-order for $99. Customers who pre-order are put on a waitlist for their service area, and access will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis for pre-order customers when eligibility expands.

Starlink is in its infancy and is rapidly growing. If Starlink fails to bring in enough revenue, costs to customers could increase.

On the other hand, if manufacturing and maintenance costs are streamlined, the cost of both the hardware kit and monthly service fee could go down in the future. 

Update – March 2022: Starlink Increases Prices for All Customers

Yes! According to the Starlink terms of service, 100% of the equipment fee and service fee is refundable within 30 days of receipt for any reason. Customers can buy with confidence knowing that if the service doesn’t work as expected, they don’t risk being stuck with an expensive Starlink kit.

Customers who have had their Starlink kit for less than a year are able to return the hardware for a partial refund.

March 2022 Starlink Price Increase

In March 2022, Starlink announced that all customers would see their prices increase. The primary reason for this increase is inflation. In the previous 12 months prior to March 2022, inflation in the United States was up nearly 8%.

The price for the hardware kit increased from $499 to $599.

The price for the monthly service fee increased from $99 per month to $110 per month.

Starlink Prices vs Other Satellite Internet

If you are interested in comparing Starlink to Viasat, we’ve written a complete comparison that you should check out. But in terms of pricing, Viasat has a cheaper equipment cost of $299.99, and a cheaper starting monthly cost of $69.99. Keep in mind, Viasat performance is much lower than Starlink, and you also have to sign a 2 year contract with Viasat.

It’s much of the same story with HughesNet. The equipment cost is closer to Starlink at $449.98, and the monthly rate starts out at $64.99. We wrote a complete comparison for Starlink vs HughesNet if you are interested in learning more. HughesNet is at a much lower level of performance compared to Starlink, so keep that in mind when comparing costs. Also, HughesNet requires a 2 year contract just like Viasat.

Starlink vs 5G Wireless Cost

5G home internet services are expanding around the world. If you have the option between Starlink and an unlimited 5G home internet plan, it can be a tough decision. The T-Mobile 5G home internet plan costs $50/month with no up-front equipment costs. Verizon 5G home internet plans start out at $50/month.

Conclusion

Starlink costs $110/month, with an up-front equipment fee of $599. The price of Starlink is comparable to other satellite internet providers, but Starlink delivers much better speed and latency. Starlink is less of a value compared to other options like fixed broadband, but then again, it’s not designed for people with access to other broadband options.

If you live in a rural area or don’t have access to any other broadband options, Starlink can be well worth the price. You get high speed, low latency internet without data caps or data throttling. We can only speculate as to whether the cost of Starlink will increase in the future, but for now it remains a great value for satellite internet.

See also: Starlink Internet Plans Explained

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Robin McGinty
1 day ago

I am looking at Starlink business for our small campground. But I cannot find anywhere how far the range is? Would I need more than one kit for 3 acres for example? It is all unobstructed view to the sky.

Ron Martin
Ron Martin
5 days ago

What is the procedure to change Starlink from Residential to RV?

mike nadeau
mike nadeau
15 days ago

what size convertor from 12v to 100 do i get?

S Johnson
16 days ago

I have a business but in reality it is one perhaps two laptops trying to access the internet. Can I buy the residential option, I really don’t need more and the cost of the full business (up to 20 users) would be prohibitive

K Hori
K Hori
26 days ago

do you own the hardware?

Frances
Frances
1 month ago

I just ordered my kit and am wondering how do I know I ordered the right one. I ordered the kit for RV usage but nothing in the email order detail reads “RV”?

Ann Carroll
Ann Carroll
2 months ago

They some what over charge for the first month at least that was my experience. We we’re billed for the first month when we paid for the unit then we’re billed again 13 days later. A lie on prepaid for the first month. Just be aware that the cost is more then you think as your billed immediately for the ‘first’ month even though it was paid.

Damien
Damien
2 months ago

One of my customers, a school, had a lot of troubles with their ISP. They switched already (only two available in the area) but there still happen to be outages here and there and poor quality of service and support.
I’ve been willing for a while to offer them to try Starlink, at least as a backup line, but their IT director has been hesitant.
A school would fall under the ‘business’ category, right ?
If it was doable as residential that could be easy to sell. Business, not sure they can really afford to pay that.

Gustav
Gustav
3 months ago

After waiting several years since deposit, we received and installed the equipment last week.

At the moment, we do not have complete unobstructed view of the sky but signal is about 10 times faster than our ATT broadband high speed internet service.

To have unobstructed view of the sky, I’d have to mount the antenna on the roof and I really don’t want to do that. I’ve been told there is a telescoping pole extension available.

I’d like to carry the antenna and router with us while we RV the country for about 3 months. Can that be done and is there an available and maybe shorter cable for sale? I have outfitted our truck camper with lithium batteries and inverter. Thanks for any advice…

Dianne
Dianne
4 months ago

Can I switch from StarLink RV to StarLink Residential when it becomes available in my area?

Linda
Linda
4 months ago

Is the speed listed above megabits per second (Mbps)or megabytes per second (MBps)?

JCDN Texas
JCDN Texas
4 months ago

I live about 15 miles West of Gunnison, CO at about 8,300 ft in the mountains. Just received my Starlink kit yesterday and have been using it for less than 24 hours. When I first set it up, I was getting about 115Mbps download speed and roughly 10Mbps upload speed. Of course, the server site you choose for the bandwidth testing has everything to do with the test speeds; so, choose multiple locations to get a better idea of bandwidth.

Yesterday, the self-moving satellite disk pointed straight up. This morning, the dish was pointed just above the mountains to the North, and I was getting only about 25Mbps down, which is what I have with a microwave ISP now. About 10:30am MDT, I started getting 160Mbps down which is where I am now. Since the satellites are moving, it makes sense the bandwidth is changing, but I don’t see any such documentation about this anywhere on the Starlink site.

Ted Bosse
Ted Bosse
5 months ago

How many GB do you get for the monthly fee? Hughesnet is 20GB and then you are either turtle slow or buy more usage. 20 GB does not last that long.

Sharra Green
Sharra Green
6 months ago

would we get services in Bagdad Arizona a small mining town

Paula
Paula
7 months ago

Does it cover regular network programming?

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

Can I use starlink on my camper?

Anonomonomous
Anonomonomous
7 months ago

They sure don’t make it easy to find information on their site once you’re logged in. Put my deposit down last year & still waiting.

When you put the $99 deposit down… do they subtract that from the kit price of $499? Or is that for the first month’s service?

Tina Meyer
Tina Meyer
7 months ago
Reply to  Anonomonomous

They subtracted the $99. So when we got our notice it was in our area, we paid an additional $480.74

Mary Jo Smith
Mary Jo Smith
7 months ago

Just received my Starlink Saturday,2/12/22. It is awesome! Currently raining,and cloudy,and my download speed is 42.99,and upload is 7.74. My previous internet was through my phone company,(only service available at my house,) it was horrible, I was lucky to get dl of 1.28, and ul over 1! Cell service was even worse. We had to shut wifi off to phones to “try” to stream anything,and everything had to be hardwired. Now we can use everything,all at the same time! No more waiting until the middle of the night to try to stream,or do anything online!!

Doug Nelson
Doug Nelson
7 months ago

We’re on the list, 6 months now. We have a neighbor who is on Starlink. Can we get out now? Obviously the satellite is in the area.

Gary
Gary
7 months ago

How do I know if my area has coverage. Thornton, NSW Australia.

Kevin ONeill
Kevin ONeill
7 months ago

Have a remote cabin in Saguache Colorado. Wondering if this is a covered area yet or when it may be covered?
How do you get on a wait list?

Charles
Charles
6 months ago
Reply to  Noah Clarke

My address doesn’t come up, what do I do?

Edward Picknell
Edward Picknell
5 months ago
Reply to  Charles

Ask them if they can use geo coordinates (ie Lat Long) to tell you if you have coverage in that area.

Biden's Shrunken Head
Biden's Shrunken Head
7 months ago
Reply to  Kevin ONeill

You simply sign up. Go to the main page and follow the directions.