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Old 05-25-2023, 05:02 PM   #1
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How is Everyone Dealing with Starlink Roam

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We are in the Sea of Cortes and received a notice from starlink that our RV service is not for ocean cruising and said we must change to RV Roam. We did this and instead of having unlimited data we now only have 50 gig and doubled in price plus 2 dollars per gig over 50 gig which weíve gone over by leaps and bounds. Iím just wondering how everyone else is handling this change and the lack of gigs. Any advice much appreciated.
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We are in the Sea of Cortes and received a notice from starlink that our RV service is not for ocean cruising and said we must change to RV Roam. We did this and instead of having unlimited data we now only have 50 gig and doubled in price plus 2 dollars per gig over 50 gig which weíve gone over by leaps and bounds. Iím just wondering how everyone else is handling this change and the lack of gigs. Any advice much appreciated.
Question: do you have the Mexican plan or the US plan? I have the Mexican RV/Roam plan at $1350 pesos/mo (roughly $75US) but it has been paused for 2 months so I too am curious. The standard plan is $1100 pesos/mo ($60US). Can you provide more specifics on your plan and service address?

Thanks in advance

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Old 05-25-2023, 05:29 PM   #3
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I'm on Starlink Roam (stationary). I guess I move slow enough (<8 knots) that it doesn't count as the underway setup. Base plan is $150 for unlimited service. When out in the ocean or Great Lakes, I switch to the Mobile Priority ($2 per gigabyte). I switch back off when inside the coastline. So far, they haven't squawked at me doing this. If they make it an issue, I may switch it off while underway and turn it on when anchored inside the coastline.

So far this month I have used 23 gigabytes of unlimited data and .1 gigabyte of Priority data. While I'm impressed with the Priority speed, I'm way too cheap to leave it turned on.

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From what I can find, there is NO option for unlimited internet. From any reasonable source.

I am beginning to get serious about this topic for my new build soon to arrive.

My wife is an avid consumer of streaming movies. Pretty much all services would limit her to 3-5 movies per month. Certainly less than 10. 3-5 is a couple of days for her.

Not Verizon, not ATT, not T-Mobil, and now not Starlink.

If I'm wrong, solutions links would be a godsend.
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Old 05-25-2023, 07:19 PM   #6
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From what I can find, there is NO option for unlimited internet. From any reasonable source.

I am beginning to get serious about this topic for my new build soon to arrive.

My wife is an avid consumer of streaming movies. Pretty much all services would limit her to 3-5 movies per month. Certainly less than 10. 3-5 is a couple of days for her.

Not Verizon, not ATT, not T-Mobil, and now not Starlink.

If I'm wrong, solutions links would be a godsend.
Click on the link, read the top of the page, and then scroll down to Portable Use.

https://www.starlink.com/roam

This is what I have. It's unlimited. When I go out in the ocean or the Great Lakes, I have to switch on Mobile Priority.

I have no idea how long it will last in Musk world. But I will tell you there are a huge number of parked RVers and slow boat cruisers who are using it, with a limited budget. I don't see musk wanting to loose them, with Amazon around the corner.

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Hi All,
We are in the Sea of Cortes and received a notice from starlink that our RV service is not for ocean cruising and said we must change to RV Roam. We did this and instead of having unlimited data we now only have 50 gig and doubled in price plus 2 dollars per gig over 50 gig which we’ve gone over by leaps and bounds. I’m just wondering how everyone else is handling this change and the lack of gigs. Any advice much appreciated.
What Starlink service did you have if not RV roam formerly called RV ?, now mine is called Mobile regional and I have not done anything to cause a change. I see I have mobile priority upgrade available for more $.
sounds like you opted into mobile priority which reduces data to 50GB, or 1TB or 5TB. with option to buy GB when used up. But you get ocean and mobility service plus higher speed in congested areas. This is changing daily it seems.
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Click on the link, read the top of the page, and then scroll down to Portable Use.

https://www.starlink.com/roam

This is what I have. It's unlimited. When I go out in the ocean or the Great Lakes, I have to switch on Mobile Priority.

I have no idea how long it will last in Musk world. But I will tell you there are a huge number of parked RVers and slow boat cruisers who are using it, with a limited budget. I don't see musk wanting to loose them, with Amazon around the corner.

Ted

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Starlink changes.

The website doesn't make it easy.

But it appears figuring it out and giving that a go is the only viable option.

Now for mount location, etc.
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All to easily on SL roam with standard dish.

Pre prepared devices - turned off wifi for windows based machines
On Android tablet and phone stopped all auto updates for everything and limited reporting back.
Turned wifi on tablet and phone off so nothing is connected.

When it shut down about 22nm out I flicked it to the /GB rate
Turn on wifi on tablet a few times a day to check weather, messages, emails, buy off eBay etc
Turn off when done
Same with phone if using WhatsApp
Wifi on, use, wifi off

7 days out here now and we haven't used 1gb yet.
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The issue is the use of the device while underway as this is not allowed under the Terms of Service. When they say "ocean" use they really mean use underway or in-motion. Starlink didn't seem to care in the past but now they do.

You have two options: the first is to simply turn it off whenever you change locations; the second is to turn on the Priority Data switch (in the app or on your Starlink service page). The latter is billed per gigabyte. You turn it on when you start moving then turn it off when you stop.

Kinda a hassle but given all the other crap we have to deal with as boaters... not too bad.
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Hi All,
We are in the Sea of Cortes and received a notice from starlink that our RV service is not for ocean cruising and said we must change to RV Roam. We did this and instead of having unlimited data we now only have 50 gig and doubled in price plus 2 dollars per gig over 50 gig which we’ve gone over by leaps and bounds. I’m just wondering how everyone else is handling this change and the lack of gigs. Any advice much appreciated.

Wrong plan
Stay with standard roam and pay/GB when actually offshore and disconnected.

Doing what you've done you'll burn through the 50gb when in the blue map and have nothing in the black.

That is all- wifi off
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Toss a movie collection onto a couple terrabite network hard drives if thats a option tie it to the boat network. Put some full tv series as well in the mix.
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From what I can find, there is NO option for unlimited internet. From any reasonable source.

I am beginning to get serious about this topic for my new build soon to arrive.

My wife is an avid consumer of streaming movies. Pretty much all services would limit her to 3-5 movies per month. Certainly less than 10. 3-5 is a couple of days for her.

Not Verizon, not ATT, not T-Mobil, and now not Starlink.

If I'm wrong, solutions links would be a godsend.
Maybe itís a regional thing, but we have the T-Mobile 5g home internet and itís fast and unlimited. We stream tv on it every day when weíre at our home slip. Itís supposed to be geofenced but so far they havenít complained when I cruise around Puget sound.
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I had the RV plan and now have a Regional Roam so I don't know what I will do. But I never really use a lot of data when underway so I will probably either just do without (remember those days) or turn the priority thing on. Probably will not matter for me for another 6 months and by then it will have changed again 3 times.
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Maybe itís a regional thing, but we have the T-Mobile 5g home internet and itís fast and unlimited. We stream tv on it every day when weíre at our home slip. Itís supposed to be geofenced but so far they havenít complained when I cruise around Puget sound.
Dose not work in Canada.
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If your cruising grounds are covered by your cell phone carrier then an unlimited plan works well. That is what I have been doing for years. But SL is pretty much anywhere and it is FAST in places that don't even have cell towers.
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Question: do you have the Mexican plan or the US plan? I have the Mexican RV/Roam plan at $1350 pesos/mo (roughly $75US) but it has been paused for 2 months so I too am curious. The standard plan is $1100 pesos/mo ($60US). Can you provide more specifics on your plan and service address?

Thanks in advance

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Thank you all. Appreciate you taking the time to help us out. Safe travels.
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Iíve only just installed it and Iím shocked with the speeds. I think the speeds are less in more populated areas such as the eastern US, which might be due to increased user-ship competing for satellites.

Havenít left the dock yet so cannot comment on the specifics of the plan.

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