There are multiple Starlink plans designed for connecting from a fixed home or business, connecting while traveling, or connecting while in motion. The monthly price for home internet is $120 per month in high-demand areas and $90 per month in low-demand areas. The mobile plan costs $150–200 per month, with the higher price if you plan to roam globally. These costs are about average among satellite internet providers, but with Starlink you will have to pay between $600 and $2,500 up front for equipment. Priority plans, which are designed for businesses and high-demand users, start at $250 and go up from there based on how much data you need.
We gave Starlink a value score of two out of five stars, mostly due to the fact that it uses satellite internet technology, which means very unreliable speeds, massive slowdowns based on network congestion, and limits to how much high-speed data you can use during the day. The biggest benefit of Starlink, though, also comes from its technology. Unlike Viasat and HughesNet, it uses low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, and that means much better latency and speeds up to 100 Mbps in ideal conditions (unless you pay extra for a Priority plan).
Starlink customers say their internet service is expensive but reliable, considering they live in rural areas where other internet options are not widely available. It’s fast compared to anything else available and worth the money, they say, and they like the freedom from contracts.
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Starlink is very expensive at the beginning. In addition to buying your satellite receiver outright for at least $600, you have to buy all the gear you’ll need to mount it. You may also have to pay a $99 waiting list fee, and the company makes no promises about when and where it will be available to new subscribers.
Starlink’s billing is pretty straightforward and discounts aren’t usually available, but this article about understanding your internet bill may be helpful for comparison shopping.
Starlink does not offer deals or incentives to its customers and has a deplorable reputation for customer service, but you may be able to return your satellite receiver equipment for a full refund within the first 30 days of purchase. You can also pause your subscription anytime.
Starlink does not offer bundling with any of its home internet or roaming plans, but some third-party companies sell backup 4G LTE equipment that you can pair with your Starlink service for reliability and redundancy.
Canceling Starlink is free because there are no contracts, but you have to start the process online rather than by calling customer service. Unfortunately, you can’t return your equipment if you’ve had it longer than 30 days.
Starlink does not participate in the federally funded Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 per month toward high speed internet for certain low-income households. Not participating is highly unusual, so if you qualify you may want to explore other home internet options.
Learn more about how to get free or very cheap home internet, even if you don't qualify for the federal program.