I got an email from StarLink saying the beta now extends to my area

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I got an email from StarLink saying the beta now extends to my area

Postby FlyingPenguin » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:40 pm

Hmmm. Tempting, just to see what it's like. They want a refundable $99 deposit, but that just gets you on a limited beta waiting list.

$99 a month, $500 for the equipment, $50 shipping.

If that seems like a lot, HughesNet satellite Internet, which a lot a people in rural areas like mine use for Intenet, is $100 a month for a 30GB/month data plan, and it's awful. Better than dialup, worse than DSL, and crazy high latency.

You can enter your address here and see it's available in your area: https://www.starlink.com/

Starlink is now available for order to a limited number of users in your coverage area. Placing your order now will hold your place in line for future service. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.

During beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.

As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.

The Starlink team will provide periodic updates on availability as we launch more satellites and expand our coverage area. Depending on your location, some orders may take 6 months or more to fulfill.

To check availability for your location, visit Starlink.com and re-enter your service address. Thank you for your interest in Starlink and your continued support!
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Re: I got an email from StarLink saying the beta now extends to my area

Postby psypher » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:20 pm

That's tempting as well for me. I've been looking into having a backup connection at home for the whole house. Currently my backup is turning on the wifi on my desktop and tethering to my Verizon phone. It works, but it's just for my desktop. Verizon has a 5G home option that's like $50 a month. While it's available in Atlanta, it's not available our in the suburbs where I live.

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Re: I got an email from StarLink saying the beta now extends to my area

Postby FlyingPenguin » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:42 pm

That's my backup as well. I considered getting CenturyLink DSL as a backup, but Verizon is pretty reliable here, and the bandwidth is excellent. I've actually gamed on Verizon on the few occasions when Comcast has gone down. Very low latency, and good speeds. I just need to put the phone on the Window sill to get better speeds.
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