Starlink ‘Best Effort’ Internet Speeds Revealed at 5-100 Mbps

Photo: SpaceX (via PCMag)

SpaceX has shared speeds for its “Best Effort” Starlink service plans, dedicated to pre-order customers stuck in the company’s long backlog.

SpaceX has added new details to its specs page, showing that Starlink customers on the Best Effort tier can expect download speeds ranging from 5 to 100 Mbps, while uploads range from 1 to 10 Mbps (via PCMag).

The tier was added to help SpaceX make its way through its backlog of pre-order customers, and it’s listed below its several other tiers on the web page.

While standard residential service offers customers between 50 and 200 Mbps of download speeds with 10 to 20 Mbps in upload speeds, the Best Effort tier is significantly slower. It also requires users to pay the normal $110 monthly rate for the reduced speeds.

“Actual speeds will likely be lower than the maximum speeds during times of high usage. Starlink may temporarily reduce speeds if our network is congested,” SpaceX writes on the specs page.

The speeds offered in the Best Effort service plan are comparable to those of Starlink RV, though the mobile tier costs a little extra at $135 per month.

The Best Effort tier is only for select customers in areas with high volumes of Starlink pre-order customers and high volumes of active residential tier users. For many pre-order customers, orders were placed more than a year ago.