Starlink’s new feature makes the service portable – for a price

A number of Starlink customers now have the option of accessing a new “portability” feature and taking satellite internet with them.

A user on the Starlink subreddit posted an image of the message they received stating that for an additional $25 per month you can move your internet connection to a new location.

Service Restrictions

There are some restrictions, according to the official support page. You cannot take the connection with you to another continent, but you can take it to another country. If you decide to take Starlink to another country, you can only stay there for two months. After this time, you will need to change your registered address to the new one and then purchase another Starlink service.

The same applies if you stay in a country, but are away too long. However, the timeline for this scenario is rather vague. Starlink states that if you are away from the registered location for too long, you will be forced to change your address, but no specific time frame is given.

You also cannot use Starlink while moving as it will not work and it will actually void the warranty. Company teams are currently working to make this possible, but no launch date is available. Starlink also warns that a good connection is not guaranteed. They explain that because Starlink prioritizes the registered service address, going elsewhere will degrade the connection to some degree, especially during times of “…peak usage or network congestion,” Starlink clarifies. .

Faster and better

That said, the portability feature seems to work quite well for some customers. YouTuber Dave Lee posted a photo of his StarLink connection while camping on his Twitter account. It had a download speed of 145 Mbps.

Starlink’s service improves over time. According to a recent internet speed report from Ookla, Starlink was the fastest satellite internet provider during the fourth quarter of 2021. Their service reached an average download speed of 104.97 Mbps. Second place goes to Viasat with an average of 21.81 Mbps.

Throughout the continental United States, service is everywhere. The fastest and most consistent speeds are on the West Coast, with large swathes of the country seeing speeds below 60 Mbps, according to the same Ookla report. But even then, Starlink’s slowest speeds are still faster than the FCC standard of 25 Mbps. With Starlink’s new premium tier, it looks like they’re delivering on their promise of fast speeds everywhere.

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