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Posted: 04/09/22 07:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wade44 wrote:

Anyone who shells out that much coin for something that comes with those terms is a financial fool IMO. It essentially says we can shut you off at any time for any reason or our stuff may just not work and in that case too bad. But hey its your money. I tried to subscribe for the farm, says I might receive hardware and service in 2023 or later if I send a $100. Screw that.


If you actually read the thread, a lot of the discussion revolved around that you don't have to preorder and can get it immediately if you choose a service address that allows full ordering and either change the service address after ordering, or roam. I've ordered two of them, and never had to wait more than week for them to arrive.

SL has worked in more places than either of the AT&T or Verizon unlimited SIMs I pay just as much or more money for, and consistently provides much better speeds. Interestingly enough, neither AT&T or Verizon guarantee you service everywhere you go, and neither of them are any cheaper when you get into high usage plans. Also, they can shut you off for any reason at any time per their terms as well.

I work remotely and boondock almost exclusively (full-time) in remote locations. To keep the paychecks rolling in, I need multiple options for Internet access. I would say the initial investment (up-front cost) paid for itself within a single week of use, and that the monthly fees are easily overshadowed by the money Starlink continues to facilitate. So financially, it has allowed me to make money in places I wouldn't have been able to otherwise and I'm thrilled with that. To each their own, but I'm not interested in being tied to a single location just because I have to work.

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n0arp wrote:

Wade44 wrote:

Anyone who shells out that much coin for something that comes with those terms is a financial fool IMO. It essentially says we can shut you off at any time for any reason or our stuff may just not work and in that case too bad. But hey its your money. I tried to subscribe for the farm, says I might receive hardware and service in 2023 or later if I send a $100. Screw that.


If you actually read the thread, a lot of the discussion revolved around that you don't have to preorder and can get it immediately if you choose a service address that allows full ordering and either change the service address after ordering, or roam. I've ordered two of them, and never had to wait more than week for them to arrive.

SL has worked in more places than either of the AT&T or Verizon unlimited SIMs I pay just as much or more money for, and consistently provides much better speeds. Interestingly enough, neither AT&T or Verizon guarantee you service everywhere you go, and neither of them are any cheaper when you get into high usage plans. Also, they can shut you off for any reason at any time per their terms as well.

I work remotely and boondock almost exclusively (full-time) in remote locations. To keep the paychecks rolling in, I need multiple options for Internet access. I would say the initial investment (up-front cost) paid for itself within a single week of use, and that the monthly fees are easily overshadowed by the money Starlink continues to facilitate. So financially, it has allowed me to make money in places I wouldn't have been able to otherwise and I'm thrilled with that. To each their own, but I'm not interested in being tied to a single location just because I have to work.


Glad it works for you, and I did read the thread, along with Starlinks terms. Call it roaming, call it Portability, call it whatever you wish but that still does not change the terms. Just cause it works today at point A does not mean it works tomorrow at point B.

"If the portability feature is available"
"Secondary service will be best effort"
"Starlink does not support in motion or mobility services"
"Using the Starlink kit in motion will void the limited warranty of the kit"
"Starlink does not guarantee when or where the Portability will be available"

IMO this is like buying a new vehicle that comes with the disclaimers "Truck may or may not start", "wheels may or may not fall off" or "we provide no guarantee you will ever be able to actually drive the thing".


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Well either way, I would think that it does qualify ‘as mobile’ since the earth is continuously rotating, right?? [emoticon] - lol

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Wade44 wrote:

Just cause it works today at point A does not mean it works tomorrow at point B.


Cellular plans are similar. You aren't guaranteed access everywhere. Access is provided on best-effort basis and you may be deprioritized or throttled. Oh, and there are contracts most of the time instead of it being month to month where you can cancel whenever you want.

We don't have any cell service - AT&T or VZ, where I'm writing this from. Starlink works great.

And we're (for the most part) not talking about using it *in motion*. Using it in multiple locations is now supported. Using it rolling down the road is not (but works fine - I don't mind voiding warranties).

* This post was edited 04/09/22 06:28pm by n0arp *

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I waited for 14-months for Starlink and finally got it a couple of weeks ago.

I can't believe how fast it is.... I'm getting up to 260 Mbps and even took it way out in the country roaming where there was no cell signal and got over 150 Mbps.

I have the fastest internet I've ever had and can take it with me all over the country, thanks to roaming.

It's not mobile, but it's moveable.

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