Starlink, the satellite internet service, recently announced that it will provide a product for travelers to go online on the road. The new equipment will not be released until December, but the pre-sale shows that the antenna will cost a “creepy” US$ 2,500 – with another US$ 50 in the shipping fee.
Currently, Starlink already provides a service for RV travelers. Starlink RV (the acronym for motorhomes) allows the company’s customers to take their antenna anywhere — like a RV campsite — as an alternative for those who don’t want to use the mobile internet. However, this service does not work on the transfer.
Expensive equipment and plan, but “pay as you go”
The price of US$ 2,500 may scare you, but for those who live the “motorhome culture” (something not so popular in Brazil), of being with the family all year on the road or just organizing a long vacation in a trailer, an internet that works all the way — or most of it — is an investment.
The new Starlink RV service brings new equipment, the Starlink High Performance Flat Antenna. Because it is installed on the roof of the vehicle, an area prone to being damaged during travel, direct contact with rain, snow, hail, stone thrown by the tire of the vehicle in front, among other things, it is made of more resistant material – of course, that still doesn’t justify the high price.
According to the company, the antenna also features improved GPS and a wider “field of view”, allowing it to be connected to more satellites while traveling. Using Starlink High Performance Flat without its own support will void the product warranty.
In common with the “static” Starlink VR are two things. The first is that the user can pause service when not using internet, as in times when he will stay for a while in a place with “fixed” internet. The other is the $135 price tag on the “Best Effort” subscription, which doesn’t have that much “best”.
The name means “best effort” literally, but it’s more like “this is what we can do” — do you accept or wait your turn. This plan, US$ 25 more expensive than the standard one, was created for those who were willing to skip the line and receive their internet, but with deprioritized signal and low speed.
Just as Tesla can’t deliver the cars on time, high demand for Starlink has congested the delivery of the antennas, causing SpaceX to allow skipping the line for those willing to pay more for less. It may seem like an absurd proposal, but who lives in the middle of nowhere in the United States, the price is worth it.
Starlink also offers boat services and planes. Starlink Maritime currently has coverage off the coast of the United States, Europe and Australia, with a promise of expansion in 2023. Starlink Aviation is not yet operational, but JSX and Hawaiian Airlines are already interested in the product.
With information: The Verge