Spec Category: 5G Internet| Spec Category: Internet | Price: $30 |
Starry Internet lives between old-school WISP and 5G. It uses the high-frequency bands in the 24 and 37GHz range to deliver your Internet. Within that range, it uses 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology. But, unlike Verizon, which uses mmWave for its Ultra Wideband short-range 5GT-Mobile Home Internet phone service, thanks to its point-to-point approach Starry has considerably more range.
That's the good news. The bad news is that Starry is still unavailable in most locations. By 2022, the company plans to expand from Denver, LA, and cities in the NorthEast corridor to tens of millions of users.
Starry developed and manufactured every part of its offering. Everything from the antennas, the base stations, the receivers, and even the Wi-Fi router is all the company's own design and work. It's all built to work well together for the best possible performance. Starry users tell me that the service delivers the promised speeds.
Like satellite services, users I know who have Starry report that rainy or snowy weather can sometimes slow down or even knock the connection. On the other hand, they also report that Starry has excellent customer service. And, when was the last time you heard anyone say that about an ISP?
All of Starry's plans come with unlimited data, no equipment fees, and no contracts. These plans start with Starry Basic, which comes with 50Mbps up and down services for $30 a month. Starry Plus, which is widely available, provides 200Mbps down and 100Mbps up, costs $50 a month. There are other, faster and more expensive packages. These top out at a Gigabit per second (Gbps) down and 500Mbps up for $80 a month. But, these service offerings are not widely available.
Starry also offers an affordable internet plan for seniors, students, and low-income households. This option, Starry Connect, costs $15 per month, for symmetrical upload and download speeds of 30Mbps.
Starry Internet is currently available in Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Los Angeles; New York City, and Washington, DC. Its 2022 expansion roadmap includes approximately 30 million households in such cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.
If you can get it, Starry is well worth checking out.
- Excellent price.
- No data cap
- Good customer support
- Very limited availability