- SpaceX unveiled a Starlink service option designed to cater to RV owners.
- It costs an extra $25 a month for customers to relocate their satellite dishes.
- The new option will not be able to be used while the vehicle is in motion and service is not guaranteed.
SpaceX announced this week that it is launching a Starlink internet service option designed with RV owners in mind.
The company is rolling out an optional $25 monthly fee for customers who want to relocate their satellite dishes, CNBC’s Michael Sheetz first reported. The extra cost will be added on to the Starlink base service price of $110 per month and will be billed in one-month increments. The users will be able to pause and restart their service at any time.
However, the company says that the internet service will not be active while the RV is in motion and will be limited to an “as-needed basis at any destination where Starlink provides active coverage,” according to a press release.
“Starlink prioritizes network resources for users at their registered service address. When you bring your Starlink to a new location, this prioritization may result in degraded service, particularly at times of peak usage or network congestion,” SpaceX said, according to an email to customers that was obtained by CNBC.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said in the past that the company is working to make it possible to use the service while in motion. It is unclear if users will have to sign up for the service or if SpaceX will begin charging all users who attempt to move their satellite dish.
Some RVers have already been using Starlink for WiFi on the road. Cyberlandr, a startup building RV attachments for the upcoming Cybertruck, has also said it’ll include a Starlink satellite dish in its build. Besides Starlink, digital nomads often use mobile hotspots for WiFi access while some RV makers and rental companies already offer WiFi routers in its vans.
In March, SpaceX said it has a userbase of about 250,000 subscribers across 25 countries. The company has a network of about 2,000 satellite in Earth’s lower orbit. The service is designed to deliver high-speed internet of up to 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps to customers in rural areas.