Starlink’s new Business plan tier might just make the Residential waitlist a thing of the past. Before now, the best option for people who couldn’t sign up for Residential was Starlink Roam. Although it is intended for RV’s and other portable applications, Roam uses the same hardware, and has immediate availability anywhere in the US. People in low capacity areas would just get Roam to use while they waited on their chance to get Residential.
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There are two main downsides to Roam. First, it is more expensive than the Residential plan. Roam costs $150/month, while Residential is $120/month. The other problem is the deprioritized data. Roam users get unlimited Mobile data, which has a lower network priority than the unlimited Standard data that Residential subscribers get. Lower priority data means slower speeds and more inconsistent performance, especially during peak usage hours.
The Starlink Priority service plan was another alternative to Residential for people in waitlisted areas. Priority, also called Business, originally targeted businesses and other organizations who needed the highest level of performance and customer support. Previously, Business was out of reach for most consumers, due to the high costs. Plans started at $250/month, with an up-front equipment price of $2,500.
But now, everything has changed. Starlink added a new 40GB tier to the Business plan in the US and Canada. The 40GB Business plan costs just $140/month, making it cheaper than Roam. Starlink also added the ability to pick the $599 Standard hardware kit when ordering Business service. That means that Business is now a cheaper alternative than Roam, for people waiting to get Residential service.
One major advantage to Business is the higher priority data. In the hierarchy of Starlink data types, the Priority data included with Business plans is at the top. The new 40GB plan gives you 40GB of Priority data per month, and unlimited Standard data after that. Standard data is the same type that the Residential plan uses. At the bottom of the hierarchy is Mobile data, which is what Roam uses.
Business is now a better alternative
If Starlink Residential isn’t available at your address yet, order the Starlink 40GB Business plan with the Standard hardware kit. It’s less expensive than Roam, and you get the same unlimited data as Residential, with no deprioritization. In fact, for the first 40GB, your traffic has a higher priority than Residential customers in your area! When Residential becomes available at your address, you’ll be able to switch if you want. You can save $20/month by downgrading to Residential, and you can keep your existing hardware.
If you aren’t a current Starlink customer, you can order the new 40GB Starlink Business plan by visiting Starlink.com/Business. Select the Standard hardware option for $599. Select the 40GB service plan for $140/month. Fill out the rest of the order form and hit Place Order.
Switching from Roam to Business
I’m sure many of you are already using Roam at home, while you wait for your pre-order to be ready. Starlink makes it very easy to change from Roam to the new 40GB Business plan:
- Log in to Starlink.com or the Starlink app
- On the website, click Manage on your Starlink plan. On the app, click the profile icon in the upper right
- Click Change Service Plan (or tap Manage Subscription on the app)
- Select the 40GB Priority plan and confirm the change
Since the plan you are switching to is cheaper, the change will occur at the start of your new billing period. You’ll finish out the current billing period on Roam. The service change date will be displayed when you go to switch plans.
Business 40GB might be better than Residential
The new 40GB Business plan might even be an attractive option for current Residential customers. For just $20 more per month, upgrading gives you higher priority data, a fancy monitoring dashboard only available on Business accounts, and faster customer support. Not to mention the ability to get a public IP address.
The new 40GB Business service plan from Starlink is a game changer for Starlink access in the US and Canada. The waitlist for Residential should become a thing of the past, now that there is an equivalent alternative that is immediately available anywhere, with no capacity issues. Current Roam or Residential customers can switch to the new plan and enjoy higher priority data, better customer support, and other premium features.
What do you think? Is this new Business plan a good option for you? Is converting to Residential even important anymore, now that Business is just slightly more expensive? Let me know in the comments below!