All Seven Starlink Internet Plans Explained

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Written By Viktor

Product manager by day, Starlink enthusiast by night.

Starlink has come a long way from its launch in November 2020. Not only has the service surpassed 2 million subscribers but also helped war-ridden countries like Ukraine fend off their adversaries.

Part of the firm’s success can also be explained by the speed at which it introduces new products. Starlink now offers a variety of different plans aimed at both consumers and businesses.

In this article, we will detail the various service plans that Starlink currently offers, how much they cost, how fast they are, and take a sneak peek into the future.

What Service Plans Is Starlink Offering?

Starlink effectively offers seven different service plans aimed at both consumers and businesses.

They are called Residential, Roam, Business, Aviation, Maritime, Land Mobility, and Boats.

Related: everything you need to know about Starlink

Notably, the price that customers pay varies depending on their country of residency.

In case you’re curious, we keep a list of all the subscription fees that Starlink charges for its Residential plan here.

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at each of the seven plans that Starlink currently sells as well as the ones it might introduce going forward.

1. Residential

Residential (also called Standard) is the regular plan that consumers subscribe to. In the United States, it costs $90 to $110 per month, on top of one-time hardware costs of $599.

The Residential plan is available to every consumer in Starlink’s coverage area. You can check out Starlink availability here.

Every residential plan comes with a hardware kit, which includes the regular dish, a router, and various cables. Starlink provides you with instructions for self-installation.

However, if you do need help, feel free to check out our directory of Starlink installation services.

Subscribers also do not have to commit to long-term contracts, meaning the Residential plan (and all others) can be canceled at any time. New customers receive a free 30-day trial period as well.

The speed of the Residential plan is ultimately dependent on where you live. Areas with a lot of usage, such as the United States, have lamented about slower speeds in the recent past.

However, here at least in Germany, I regularly get download speeds of over 100 megabytes per second. And that’s on a bad day.

Own Speed Test

With that being said, Starlink continues to expand its satellite constellation while deploying its more potent Gen2 satellites, which should eventually lead to faster speeds.

2. Roam

Starlink Roam allows you to access the internet from anywhere in your continent of residence. As a result, the plan is aimed at digital nomads, full-time RV’ers, truckers, and so forth.

Starlink rebranded the RV plan in early March 2023, which is now commonly referred to as Roam. And two months later, in May, it also added the Mobile as an additional name.

With RV (or Roam or Mobile), internet access can be had while on the move or at a standstill.

Starlink has created a dedicated flat dishy that can be directly mounted onto the customer’s vehicle.

starlink flat dish

With that said, you can also use the regular dishy while being subscribed to the RV plan. Roam costs $150 a month for the Regional plan.

Check out the breakdown of how Residential & Roam differ from each other

Furthermore, Starlink now also offers a global roaming service as part of the rebrand. For $200 a month, users can take their hardware with them wherever there’s active service coverage.

Therefore, speed can be hit or miss. While some users on Reddit have reported getting over 200Mbps, others experienced download speeds of less than 5Mbps.

3. Business

Starlink Business (also called Priority) is aimed at companies that operate in remote locations with poor connectivity.

As such, Business offers substantially higher speed and lower latency. Business customers can expect download speeds of up to 220 Mbps.

Starlink Business customers will benefit from 24/7, prioritized customer support, and a publicly routable IPv4 address.

However, the added service quality, speed, and latency reduction aren’t cheap. A minimum monthly fee of $140 has to be paid on top of the one-time hardware fee.

Starlink does not offer installation services for business customers, too. Lastly, the Business plan can also be canceled at any time.

4. Aviation

Starlink Aviation is aimed at businesses that transport people via airplanes, whether those are private jets or commercial airlines.

The service was first introduced back on October 19th, 2022. Airplane operators would receive “global coverage” with the help of a flat-panel antenna mounted on top of an aircraft.

Speed-wise, Aviation users could expect around 220 megabytes per second, thus “enabling all passengers to access streaming-capable internet at the same time.”

The Starlink Aviation Kit features a so-called Aero Terminal (technically the dishy), power supply, 2 wireless access points, and multiple harnesses.

Moreover, the plans include unlimited data while the hardware’s warranty has no expiration date. On the downside, SpaceX does not conduct installations, so airlines have to work with third-party providers.

The Aviation plan costs $12,500 to $25,000 per month while the hardware incurs a one-time fee of $150,000. Another $5,000 would have to be paid to be put on the waitlist. Interested customers can sign up here.

SpaceX has already secured some customers. In January 2023, airBaltic announced that it would equip all of its Airbus A220-300 models, which it owns around 39 of, with Starlink. And half of the fleet of public charter operator JSX has already been equipped with Starlink as well.

5. Maritime

What Aviation is to the sky is Maritime to the sea. Starlink Maritime was launched in July 2022 with the idea of getting internet access regardless of whether you’re on a boat, oil rig, yacht, or vessel.  

Customers can expect similar speeds to Aviation of 220 to 240 megabytes per second.

Starlink currently charges $1,000 per month in subscription fees, on top of one-time hardware fees of $2,500 (for the lowest Maritime tier).

However, there’s also a 50 GB plan, which costs $250 per month. Lastly, the 5 TB option is equal to $5,000 per month.

Dishes are obviously optimized for business performance, so they are twice as large as the normal home terminals. Worldwide coverage is expected to be reached by the summer of 2023.

And Starlink has already secured multiple customers for Maritime, including Royal Caribbean, Marlink, Speedcast, and many more.

6. Land Mobility

Starlink for Land Mobility is similar to Roam, with one key distinction: prioritization.

Roam users are the least prioritized, meaning they experience the slowest download and upload speeds.

Consequently, they’re followed by Residential/Standard (second highest prioritization) and Business/Priority (highest) subscribers.

But unlike Business customers, you can move around while still enjoying the highest possible speeds.

Starlink offers the following three tiers for Land Mobility customers:

  • 50 GB of Priority Data: $250/month
  • 1 TB of Priority Data: $1,000/month
  • 5 TB of Priority Data: $5,000/month

Once you exceed your priority data threshold, you will be downgraded to Roam prioritization (unlike Business customers who are enjoying Standard prioritization after surpassing theirs).

7. Boats

Boats is similar to the Maritime option. However, instead of going after enterprise customers, Boats subscribers are normally just private individuals.

The Boats plan also starts at $250 per month for the 50 GB option and goes up all the way to $5,000 for the 5 TB option.

Interestingly, unlike Maritime customers, Boats subscribers can purchase a refurbished flat high performance antenna for $1,500.

Future Starlink Internet Plans

While Starlink already covers many different transportation modes, there are still a lot of other options in the works.

Here are three internet options that Starlink is set to introduce in the future.

Direct-To-Cell (or Direct-to-Device)

In August 2022, Starlink and T-Mobile released a joint announcement, stating that they would combine their respective networks to eradicate mobile dead zones across the United States.

Months later, in December, Starlink filed with the FCC to be able to launch the service. Essentially, Starlink would become a mobile carrier that allows you to access the internet over your smartphone.

It would achieve that feat by using spectrum from cellular partners, such as T-Mobile, to offer customers “voice, messaging, and basic web browsing” on their mobile phones.

In order to provide full coverage anywhere on earth, Starlink would need to deploy 2,000 Gen2 satellites. Remote Internet of Things (IoT) devices would also be able to connect to the service, building on SpaceX’s acquisition of Swarm Technologies.

SpaceX is currently in the process of securing more partnerships with telco providers across the world. The Direct-to-Device (D2D) service is projected to launch sometime in 2024.

In 2023 alone, it closed additional deals with Rogers in Canada and One in New Zealand for direct-to-cell coverage (on top of 4 other network providers).

Furthermore, Starlink would compete with the likes of AST SpaceMobile, which has been securing partnerships with cellular carriers like Vodafone to offer similar direct-to-cell connectivity.

I covered the D2D option in more depth here.


Trains, although not specifically advertised on Starlink’s website, have already been commercialized.

In early May 2023, US-based Brightline became the world’s first train operator to offer Starlink connectivity to its passengers.

The service, which is complementary for its customers, would roll out on Brightline’s fleet of trains servicing South Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach. 

And Brightline isn’t the only one potentially benefitting from Starlink. Currently, Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways), together with the country’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, is testing Starlink on its trains as well.

Going forward, it can be expected that Starlink will specifically market to train operators. Many of them are likely still tied up in lengthy contracts, which prohibit them from switching.

However, the partnership with Brightline will likely serve as a testing ground and allow Starlink to iterate on the product experience, for example by coming up with a dedicated antenna (since the Flat High Performance dish can only withstand a maximum of 174 mph or 280 km/h, which isn’t suitable for all train models) similar to the one it offers for Aviation customers.

Charging Stations & Tesla

Another option through which you could connect to Starlink’s internet services is if you own a Tesla. Interestingly, Musk has hinted at a potential link-up between his internet and car company before.

As I’ve written in the prior chapter, Starlink will eventually offer cellular services, too. When asked if Tesla car owners will be able to access the mobile service as well, Musk simply replied with “yes.”

Unfortunately, Tesla drivers should not expect to be able to watch 4K movies or play games online in their vehicles. When further pressed about the mobile option, Musk said that the cellular coverage would provide speeds of 2 to 4 megabytes per second.

However, more stationary options may offer faster speeds, though. SpaceX has previously installed a dishy at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The user that spotted the installation then received a response from Tesla’s Supercharger Twitter account, stating that “Wifi coming to a Supercharger near you.”

How exactly the service will be accessed remains unclear at this point. Given that Tesla does allow owners of other electric vehicles to charge their cars at its stations as well, it may very well just open up the internet connection to everyone nearby.


SpaceX, back in September 2022, filed with the FCC to enable Starlink connectivity in school buses across the rural United States.

Students could stay connected over the duration of their bus ride. During the pilot, Starlink would only install the solution on buses driving for more than 1 hour.

SpaceX, in the filing, stated that it already worked with some school districts during the pilot phase. Moreover, it urged the FCC to approve federal funding for internet connectivity on school buses.

4 months prior, in May, FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposed bringing WiFi to school buses across the nation. Companies that would enable that connectivity would then be compensated via the regulator’s E-Rate program.

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