SpaceX is offering a new service that will allow Direct connection of smartphones to Starlink next year.
T-Mobile operator said during the event hosted by Mike Sievert and Elon Musk:
Thanks to cooperation with Starlink satellite internet service, SpaceX plans to provide nationwide coverage for mobile networks and completely eliminate areas outside of network coverage (dead zone).
Direct connection of smartphones to Starlink
The “High Coverage and Beyond” project enables direct connection of 5G smartphones to Starlink satellites.
A service with a total speed of two to four megabits per second is provided in a certain area that people can connect to with their smartphones.
Elon Musk tweeted:
“The connection speed per cell area will be between two and four megabits per second. This speed is great for SMS and voice calls, but it is not a high-bandwidth service.
SpaceX plans to send the second generation of Starlink satellites into Earth orbit next year.
Elon Musk says that the new Starlink satellites will have very large antennas, five to six meters long. SpaceX plans to send the equipment needed for the new service to the earth’s orbit using the Starship rocket.
T-Mobile says the new service lets you send SMS and MMS messages and use “select messaging applications” anywhere you have access to clear skies.
Even in the absence of traditional internet services in that area, the new Starlink service will be available to people.
“If there aren’t too many people in cell range, you might be able to do a little video calling,” says Elon Musk.
In the continuation of this event, the CEO of SpaceX said that the new service, unlike the usual Starlink services, can work without access to the complete set of satellites.
By limiting it to specific messages and services, as well as limiting it to areas that currently do not offer normal cellular connectivity, the new Starlink service can provide good coverage. Of course, in this case, it will probably take 30 minutes to send each message.
Elon Musk says that in the event of a natural disaster and the loss of all telecommunication towers, the new service will work without problems.
Elon Musk says, the new service will be launched on a trial basis next year. The CEO of T-Mobile says that he hopes that users will be able to widely use the Internet through this service in the future.
T-Mobile currently plans to offer this service for free in its popular subscription plans.
T-Mobile says users can connect to the new service with their current phones, and there is no need to use any special equipment.
Some rumors indicate that Apple uses satellite internet in the new iPhone generation.
Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project to provide satellite Internet, which includes several thousand satellites in low Earth orbit. Currently, to use the Starlink service, you need to purchase special equipment. In recent months, SpaceX has introduced various versions of Starlink so that people can access high-speed Internet in caravans and even on boats.