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Starlink: Satellite internet for 5G smartphones and cheaper price

Something is happening with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Starlink network. Together with T-Mobile, the eccentric billionaire announced a satellite network for 5G smartphones, while SpaceX’s service is now available in Germany at a much lower price.

Starlink announces satellite internet for smartphones

At a joint event between SpaceX and T-Mobile, Elon Musk and Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile announced a far-reaching collaboration. As early as next year, 5g-enabled smartphones will be able to use the Starlink satellites to connect to the Internet via satellite Internet even in places where there is actually no Internet reception.

However, the new technology will not be limited to the USA alone, but will be offered worldwide. However, this will only happen if network operators sign contracts with SpaceX.

To make this work, SpaceX wants to send a new, second generation of satellites into space. They are to use T-Mobile’s 5G midband spectrum and are therefore capable of communicating directly with smartphones.

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Maximum 4 Mbit/s

According to Musk, wireless gaps should thus finally be a thing of the past. However, the maximum speed is still manageable. Via Twitter, Musk revealed that the Starlink satellites can transmit a speed of 2 to 4 Mbit/s per cell zone.

In response to a user’s query, Musk also confirmed that Tesla models will be given the Starlink satellite Internet free of charge as part of the Premium Connectivity service and will thus also be able to go online in cellular holes.

The speed should therefore be sufficient to enable “texts and voice calls”, but high bandwidths cannot currently be realized. In the future, however, higher bandwidths are to be realized. Starlink V2 is to launch next year, according to Musk.

Positive: Special equipment is not necessary to use the satellite Internet on the smartphone, as Musk and Sievert explicitly emphasized. The connection is made directly via 5G-capable smartphones and via the 5G bands that are already available.

Quite exciting, after all the iPhone 13 was already rumored to offer satellite internet, while according to Bloomberg the feature is now being considered for the new iPhone 14 and the new Apple Watch generation.

With Starlink, however, the whole thing works without requiring any new hardware. The service will also be integrated for free “for T-Mobile’s most popular contracts”, Sievert said, without going into further detail.

Starlink will become cheaper

At the same time, SpaceX plans to lower the prices of its Starlink satellite Internet service. According to a report from Cashy’s blog, citing a Twitter user, the company is currently sending out notices about a price cut.

“Effective Aug. 24, 2022, Starlink is reducing their monthly service fee to €80,” it says. Previously, customers from Germany were charged fees of €99 per month.

The price reduction of the Starlink service is already communicated on the official homepage and apparently takes effect immediately. At the same time, the one-time hardware costs also seem to have dropped. According to SpaceX, these are now 460 euros, compared to 500 euros as before.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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Something is happening with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Starlink network. Together with T-Mobile, the eccentric billionaire announced a satellite network for 5G smartphones, while SpaceX’s service is now available in Germany at a much lower price. Starlink announces satellite internet for smartphones At a joint event between SpaceX and T-Mobile, Elon Musk and Mike Sievert, … (Weiterlesen...)

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