Starlink recently launched in Kenya, the satellite internet service provided by SpaceX, has been making waves in the world of internet connectivity due to its promise of high-speed internet access in even the most remote corners of the globe, it’s no surprise that many are curious about its tariffs and availability.
In this article, we’ll delve into the details of Starlink’s pricing plans and explore the possibility of using Starlink in countries where it’s not officially available.
Understanding Starlink Tariffs
One Location Service Plans
- Standard: Best for households, this plan offers unlimited high-speed, low-latency internet at KES 6,500 per month. The recommended hardware for this plan is the Standard router priced at KES 89,000.
- Priority: Best for businesses and high-demand users, this plan offers unlimited standard data, public IP, network priority, and priority support. The prices for different data allotments are as follows:
- 40GB: KES 8,000 per month
- 1TB: KES 13,572 per month
- 2TB: KES 27,144 per month
- 6TB: KES 81,432 per month
After the priority data allotment is used up, customers still have access to unlimited standard data. Additional priority data is available by the GB. The recommended hardware for this plan is the Flat High-Performance router priced at KES 377,000.
On The Go Service Plans
- Mobile: Best for RVs, nomads, and campers, this plan offers unlimited mobile data inland and portability. Customers can pause the service as needed. The regional plan costs KES 7,900 per month while the global plan costs KES 32,800 per month. The recommended hardware for this plan is the Standard router priced at KES 89,000.
- Mobile Priority: Best for maritime, emergency response, and mobile businesses, this plan offers all the features of Mobile with global service and in-motion + ocean use. The prices for different data allotments are as follows:
- 50GB: KES 34,910 per month
- 1TB: KES 139,642 per month
- 5TB: KES 698,212 per month
Additional mobile priority data is available by the GB. The recommended hardware for this plan is the Flat High-Performance router priced at KES 377,000.
|Service Plan||Best For||Monthly Fee||Data Allotment||Hardware|
|Standard||Households||KES 6,500||Unlimited Standard Data||KES 89,000|
|Priority – 40GB||Businesses and High Demand Users||KES 8,000||40GB Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Priority – 1TB||Businesses and High Demand Users||KES 13,572||1TB Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Priority – 2TB||Businesses and High Demand Users||KES 27,144||2TB Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Priority – 6TB||Businesses and High Demand Users||KES 81,432||6TB Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Mobile – Regional||RVs, Nomads, Campers||KES 7,900||Unlimited Mobile Data Inland||KES 89,000|
|Mobile – Global||RVs, Nomads, Campers||KES 32,800||Unlimited Mobile Data Inland||KES 89,000|
|Mobile Priority – 50GB||Maritime, Emergency Response, Mobile Businesses||KES 34,910||50GB Mobile Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Mobile Priority – 1TB||Maritime, Emergency Response, Mobile Businesses||KES 139,642||1TB Mobile Priority Data||KES 377,000|
|Mobile Priority – 5TB||Maritime, Emergency Response, Mobile Businesses||KES 698,212||5TB Mobile Priority Data||KES 377,000|
Please note that these prices are subject to change and it’s always best to check the official Starlink website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Using Starlink in Non-Available Countries
The question arises: Can you use Starlink in a country where it’s not officially available? The answer is complex. While Starlink satellites cover all continents, they do not beam into all countries due to regulatory constraints. For instance, countries like China and Russia have ordered it turned off.
However, there are instances where people have used Starlink’s Roam service across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, etc., despite it not being officially available, Starlink may regard this as the same ‘region’ but you can also buy a global plan as shown above. However, be warned: some countries may confiscate the equipment and impose fines or jail time if they catch you using it.
In conclusion, while Starlink offers an exciting prospect for global internet connectivity, its use in non-available countries is subject to local regulations and potential risks. Always check local laws before attempting to use Starlink outside its official coverage areas.
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