Last summer, we reviewed Starlink RV, a version of satellite Internet service that promises users access anywhere on their continent. Now, it has been rebranded as Starlink ROM, either in regional access flavor for $150 per month or for worldwide use wherever the service is available for $200 per month.
As with the RV package, users can choose either a portable antenna for $599 or one for in-motion use for $2,500. Previously, you could only travel within the same continent with Starlink’s satellite dish (aka dish).
Starlink markets the rebranded subscription as a way for customers to use Starlink “where connectivity is unreliable or completely unavailable.” You can also stop and unpause the subscription whenever you want, getting billed in one month increments.
In February, users (including those located outside Starlink’s coverage areas) started receiving messages about a new “global roaming service”, although, at the time, we didn’t know it would completely replace Starlink RV. There aren’t many details about Starlink’s ROM yet, but judging by an email sent to customers last month, it doesn’t seem entirely reliable. “Starlink’s typical high speed, low latency service is combined with short periods of poor connectivity, or none at all,” it said. “However, it will improve dramatically over time.”
The FAQ page for Starlink ROM states that the global service “can only be ordered” in the countries on the Starlink availability map. However, it is unclear whether the service will still be available in countries where Starlink is technically not allowed. Starlink is still awaiting regulatory approval from some countries, including India, Pakistan and Cambodia, Elon Musk said in an interview. Financial Times that the Chinese government “has made clear its disapproval of its recent rollout of Starlink.”